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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.
  • Acupuncture.
  • 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!

  • Yeah, I had morning sickness for my whole pregnancy. Plus I had an issue with drinking water,,, well not just water but most liquids made me feel sick. I could eat anything I wanted to though and no cravings. The doctor had to prescribe Zofran wafers (very expensive but helped). I had to eat constantly, oranges, apples, grapes, strawberries, pears, celery, crackers & cheese etc. I took a whole grocery bag of food into work each day! If I left it too long between snacks I would feel nauseous and have to run to the bathroom.

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  • i am really grateful that i never had to really deal with this

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  • Thanks again for sharing; have passed onto those in need!

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  • Thanks for sharing this informative and interesting article. Lots of helpful information and tips. Morning sickness/all day sickness is so unpleasant.

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  • I really struggled with morning sickness nothing seemed to help so naturally everyone told me I was going to have a girl and yes I did LOL

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  • Quite a few suggestions to try but I did most of them, to no avail. The only thing I found was that if I craved something…. have it, because it usually gave me a little relief, at least for about an hour anyway.

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  • lucky for me i never got it with any of my 4

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  • listen to your body too – sometimes that can help avoid being sick. like when you first feel nauseous do something about it.

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  • it was never morning sickness for me, it was allllll day

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  • I would feel so nauseous but never vomited.

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  • Great tips to keep in mind! Ginger tea always worked for me!

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  • the peppermint sometimes worked – a good list

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  • I know some mums who get very ill with morning sickness and some who don’t suffer at all

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  • I tried all of the suggestions mentioned, nothing helped. I tried staying in bed and nibbling on dry biscuits for days, never stayed down for long. I was miserable for 4 months.

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  • I ate so much crushed ice when I was pregnant it was ridiculous! A midwife told me that eating and craving a lot of crushed ice was a sign of iron deficiency.

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