What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and tiredness are common symptoms during early pregnancy. Around half of all women experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and another three in ten women will experience nausea without vomiting.
Although morning sickness normally stops between weeks 12 and 14 of pregnancy abnormal vomiting, severe continual nausea and vomiting after the twelfth week occur in approximately one in 200 pregnancies can often result in dehydration and weight loss.
There are many contributing factors which can contribute to nausea during pregnancy. Some are physical such as low blood sugar, low blood pressure, hormonal changes, nutritional deficiency especially in vitamin B6, zinc, and iron or excess of certain foods like spicy, sugary and refined foods.
Morning Sickness Helpers
If you are suffering here is a list of suggestions that may help:
Take ginger in capsule or tea from a reputable source or eat ginger biscuits.
Eat small frequent amounts of nuts, seeds, whole grains or fruit.
Make sure you drink alot of fluids such as water and peppermint tea.
Eat small frequent meals. Make sure you have enough carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta and minimise fatty foods. Most women find they can manage savoury foods, such as toast, crispbread and crackers better than they can sweet or spicy foods.
Tiredness can often make nausea worse so take the opportunity to have plenty of rest.
If you feel sick first thing, take your time and get up slowly. If you can you could try eating a plain biscuit before you get out of bed.
Avoid foods or smells that make you feel sick.
Hot meals can give off a smell that might make you feel sick so trying eating cold meals instead.
Avoid drinks that are cold, tart or sweet.
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