I am often asked by my clients questions about morning sickness. It also seems to be a common theme on parent Facebook sites. I am going to share information on what it is, what causes it and some remedies worth trying.
Morning sickness is a common symptom of early pregnancy. For many women it is the sign they know they are pregnant. For me it was the exhaustion pregnancy brings plus the nausea!
Morning sickness usually disappears after the first 3 to 4 months, however it is not always the case. For a small group of women the nausea and/or vomiting continue until the day they give birth. Symptoms can range from mild nausea to extreme nausea and vomiting where hospitalization may be needed for the health of the baby and mother. Some women such as myself would debate the name “morning” sickness as it can be there from the time you wake up until the time you manage to get to sleep.
It is thought to be caused by many things however there is no definite known cause. Many things have been put foreword including the increased levels of estrogen and progesterone, a lack of vitamin B6 in the diet or low blood sugar levels.
It would appear there are some definite associated factors that increase a womanʼs risk of morning sickness. These include: multiple pregnancy, first pregnancy, overweight mother and a maternal history of motion sickness.
So if a definitive cause is unclear and the only way to get rid of it is by giving birth, how do you manage it for the duration of your pregnancy?
Some tips that might help with morning sickness
- Eat smaller amounts more often- not eating can make it worse.
- Avoid strong smells.
- Limit fatty and spicy foods.
- Have a dry biscuit before getting out of bed in the morning.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Try ginger drinks/tea.
- Wrist bands for travel sickness from the pharmacy.
- Acupressure points.
- Eating crushed ice.
- “Drink” you meals rather than eating them e. g soups, smoothies.
- Peppermint tea/lollies.
- Anti- nausea medication – through your GP or obstetrician.
Having experienced morning sickness with all of my pregnancies it can be quiet debilitating. Forget the housework and chores and look after yourself. Ask for help and accept any help that is offered!