Hypnosis for Morning Sickness
Updated: November 15, 2020
Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
Morning sickness is something, to a degree, nearly 80% of women suffer with during the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. It is concerned a normal response to your hormonal changes during the first trimester.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), is a serious condition and is a severe form of morning sickness which affects about 1% of women. This condition can lead you to develop severe nausea which often doesn't go away, as well as vomiting, which can then lead to dehydration and a complete loss of appetite and poor weight gain. If left untreated itcan be serious and occasionally result in hospitalisation.
Morning sickness can lead to food aversion which often occurs when certain foods make you feel very uncomfortable either in taste or smell. You may then get a feeling of nausea, hate the taste or have problems swallowing. This then leads to you avoiding these foods as much as possible and you may then begin to develop a programmed association to these foods. Even though the vomiting is pregnancy-related, you could start associating this food with feeling sick in the future leading you to avoid that food in case the experience is repeated.
Common food aversions during pregnancy include milk, meat, eggs and certain vegetables. Pregnant women suffering from morning sickness then tend to gravitate towards pastas, rice, bread, cookies and cake, leading to a nutritional challenge.
This is very different to anorexia nervous, a mental eating disorder, in which a patient will intentionally starve themselves.
Food aversion is usually only temporary during the pregnancy itself but can sometimes continue afterwards as the new patterns of behaviour have become established in your subconscious mind.
Hypnosis for Hyperemesis Gravidarum & Morning Sickness
Hypnotherapy can help to take away your negative thoughts connected with food resulting from the morning sickness, and replace them with positive thoughts and new ways of behaving. It can also help you to relax and dissociate from the feelings of nausea so you find you don't notice them as much. Hypnotherapy bypasses logic and reason, and engages with your subconscious mind to establish new associations allowing you to visualise a different outcome whilst in a state of calm and relaxation.
Listening to suggestions to relax as well as learning technqiues to use when you are feeling unwell may help to alleviate or dissociate from your symptoms to help you regain a calm, relaxed and more positive state.
The Duchess of Cambridge used Hypnosis to help her overcome her severe Morning Sickness and also learnt Hypnobirthing techniques. Read more about her experience here.
Tips for Morning Sickness
If you are suffering too badly you may be interested in some other ways that could help control your Morning Sickness. Read my post Tips to beat Morning Sickness.
If you are suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum you can find more information as well as support at Pregnancy Sickness Support a registered UK charity.
Or, if you are interested in having an initial conversation to find out more about how Hypnosis for Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum could help you take back control please contact me.
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I met with Jo recently - virtually via Zoom - as I was struggling with very bad nausea and food aversions during my first trimester of pregnancy.
After one session I felt a world of difference, in fact I have barely had either symptom since. It feels amazing to have found Jo and I'm looking forward to our next two sessions focused on hypnobirthing later in my pregnancy, and trust that the sessions will be equally as beneficial and successful.
Thanks Jo - I am so pleased to recommend you far and wide!
I'm feeling a lot bettter since the session thank you.
You've changed my mindset about how I feel about the morning sickness.