We've all heard about morning sickness in pregnancy. It's probably THE most known symptom of pregnancy as is often one of the early signs.
And if you're currently pregnant or have ever been - you will know it sucks!
AND - it doesn't just appear in the mornings - oh no! It can last ALL. EFFING. DAY. eugh.
For some women it can be completely debilitating. Especially if you have hyperemesis gravidarum. Throw in already having a toddler or older child to look after into the mix, and well, it ain't good.
So, is there anything you can do to relieve the symptoms of pregnancy sickness? (which should be the actual name rather than the misleading 'morning sickness').
How long does morning sickness last?
Feeling nauseous and vomiting can start from the minute you become pregnant. Most women might notice it before 9 weeks.
Most commonly the symptoms of pregnancy sickness start to disappear around 14 weeks. However, some women experience it for much longer, and the unlucky ones have it the whole duration of their pregnancy (poor souls).
Morning sickness remedies
Here are a few tips to help you ease pregnancy nausea and vomiting.
eat little and often - try 6 small meals a day to ensure you never have an empty stomach.
be careful with your choice of food - try eating bland food like dry toast, crackers, banana, pasta etc.
rest and sleep if you can.
have some ginger - ginger is said to help settle nausea. Try ginger biscuits, ginger tea, or crystallised ginger.
smell something fresh, like fresh air, lemon, or fresh herbs.
drink lots of fluids - dehydration can make nausea worse.
try holistic remedies like acupressure, acupuncture or aromatherapy.
Important: If non of the above tips help, and you are vomiting very frequently and have concerns i.e. about weight loss or not being able to keep any food down, contact your doctor or midwife. They might be able to prescribe you some anti-sickness medication, or suggest further lifestyle changes that might help.
And a few extra tips if you are frequently vomiting.
stomach acid from frequent vomiting can affect the enamel on your teeth. Try to rinse your mouth or drink a cup of water after each time you vomit. And if you add a bit of baking soda to the water it can neutralise the acid.
taking prenatal vitamins. If you feel queasy and vomit after taking them, try to take them with food, or at a time of day that you feel less nauseous. Or speak to your doctor or midwife about other ways to get your iron etc.
I hope that helps lovelies! I'd love to know any other tips you found that helped. Contact me at CreateCalmHypnobirthing@gmail.com
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