Morning sickness soon dulls the utter joy of a newly pregnant mother. But it won’t last forever and there are lots of things for you to try to ease your symptoms.
What Is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting experienced by many women during pregnancy. It affects between 70 to 85 percent of pregnant women and is caused by a change in hormone levels.
Though it is called “Morning Sickness” it can occur at any time of the day or night.
Morning sickness usually starts to get better after the first trimester of pregnancy. However, some women continue to experience nausea for a longer period. About 1 woman in 10 continues to feel sick after week 20 of their pregnancy. Some mothers experience mild nausea while others vomit frequently.
What Causes Morning Sickness?
The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown. However, a number of different causes have been suggested, including:
- Increasing oestrogen levels – changes in the levels of oestrogen during the early stages of pregnancy.
- Increasing human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) levels – a hormone the body begins to produce after conception
- Vitamin B6 Deficiency – a lack of vitamin B6 in the diet.
- Gastric (Stomach) changes – As progesterone levels increase it may also affect the tone of the sphincter muscle in the lower esophagus causing nausea.
Remedies & Cures for Morning Sickness
- Ginger (teas, essential oils, tinctures, lollies and even biscuits)- Popular in Chinese medicine for its tummy taming properties. Speak with a natropath for a ginger concentrate that’s definately worth a try.
- Vitamin B6 Supplement – Consult a medical professional prior to use.
- Peppermint- (oils, mints or lollies) are known to reduce nausea symptoms.
- Acupressure-Test out this easy acupressure technique -Press three fingertips gently but firmly on the base of your palm, just above where you’d take your pulse on your wrist. Breathe deeply and press that area with your fingertips for a minute or more, gradually increasing the pressure until you feel slight discomfort or try a motion sickness band (available from most chemists)
- Small frequent light meals – Ditch the greasy foods, keep it light and fresh.
- Simple Carbs– Dry crackers are your friend.
- Citrus– Lemon slices added to your water bottle may ease your symptoms.
- Breakfast in Bed- Eat your brekkie before you get up, ideally, someone will bring you something but alternatively a few dry crackers before you start the day does the trick too.
- Switch your PreNatal -Vitamin brand or try taking it before bed rather than first thing in the morning to reduce nausea.
- Rest- Fatigue and exhaustion are common in the First Trimester. Plenty of rest can help reduce our symptoms.
- Fluids– Keep sipping throughout the day to ensure you don’t become dehydrated. This is especially important when you lose fluid during vomiting. Avoiding tea and coffee which can also contribute to dehydration.
- Herbal Tea– Check out this Calm Goddess Tea– A caffeine-free herbal tisane suitable for all stages of pregnancy with camomile and lemon balm.
- Smelly Foods– Strong odours and spicy food can be unbearable to the sensitive nose of a newly pregnant woman.
- Avoid Hunger – An empty tummy is more likely to become nauseated.
- Smile– Not to display gratitude and appreciation for the wonders of pregnancy but to prevent actual vomiting. So I’ve failed to find actual research on this but this little trick was told to me years ago as a student nurse. If we had a terrible odorous wound to deal with in theatre, smiling (BIG smile) reduced the trigger to vomit.
Be Prepared for Morning Sickness
Carry a little bag containing a sick bag (like the one in the Labour Travel Kit), tissues, lollies, mints, toothbrush and a toothpaste. Be prepared for puke on our work commute by taking a spare top and a sick bag.
What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Severe morning sickness is known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), and can affect around one in 1,000 pregnant women. The symptoms of HG include repeated vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. Mothers that experience this can find support from a GP or medical provider.
Feel Better Soon Mama, Listen to your body.