Morning sickness is a misleading term because, as you may already have discovered, nausea and vomiting can strike at any time of day during pregnancy. While many women find it’s worse when they first wake up, others feel roughest in the evenings when their energy levels are low.
Morning sickness is usually worst in the first trimester as the fertilised egg implants in your uterus and your body undergoes drastic hormone changes. However, some unlucky women suffer with nausea throughout their entire pregnancy.
As hideous as it is to start the day with your head down the toilet, take comfort from the fact doctors consider morning sickness to be a good sign your baby is developing as it should. In the meantime, here are a few ways to ease your churning tum…
Avoid nasty smells
Whenever you can, open the windows, get outside and breathe fresh air. Avoid open markets, changing rooms, and other notoriously smelly places.
Eat little and often
Grazing on healthy snacks throughout the day will prevent your blood sugar levels from dropping and so help curb nausea. Many women swear by a cracker or biscuit before they even get out of bed for this very reason.
Go easy on the junk food
No matter how much your body cries out for doughnuts, try to eat a variety of fresh foods, fruit and vegetables. It’s also a good idea to avoid packaged and processed foods, which are likely to make your nausea worse.
Put the kettle on
Many women find tea soothes their morning sickness and there are several brands made especially for pregnancy (you’ll find them in your local health food shop). Ginger tea is particularly good for settling an upset tum.
Five out of every 1000 women experience morning sickness so severe they need to be admitted to hospital – a condition known as hyperemsis gravidarum. If you’re at all concerned, speak to your GP.
Now tell us what happened to you…
Did you experience morning sickness? How did you cope?