What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness with symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and tiredness are common symptoms during early pregnancy. Around half of all pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting, and around three in ten women experience nausea without vomiting.
Although it usually clears up 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 Cures
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.
- Drink plenty of fluids such as water and peppermint tea.
- Eat small frequent meals that are high in carbohydrate such as bread, rice and pasta and low in fat. Most women can manage savoury foods, such as toast, crackers and crispbread, better than sweet or spicy foods
- Get plenty of rest because tiredness can make nausea worse.
- If you feel sick first thing in the morning, give yourself time to get up slowly – if possible, eat something like dry toast or a plain biscuit before you get up
- Eat cold meals rather than hot ones because they don’t give off the smell that hot meals often do, which may make you feel sick.
- Avoid foods or smells that make you feel sick.
- Avoid drinks that are cold, tart or sweet.
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