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Dealing With Morning Sickness

Dealing With Morning Sickness

April 4, 2014 - By Mumazine Mums

Midwife Regina Covington shares her advice on how to deal with the dreaded morning sickness.

Morning sickness can start at around 6 weeks. It is usually caused by rapidly rising pregnancy hormone levels, and low blood sugar. This can be anything from mild nausea to constant vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum) which in some cases can lead to dehydration – requiring hospitalization.

Despite being called “Morning Sickness” it is for many women an inaccurate description, as it can last all day. Sometimes it only starts later in the day. Often it can be made worse when you’re hungry or certain smells will trigger it off! The good news for most women is that you’re likely to notice an improvement from around 12-14 weeks. For some mums the symptoms can return towards the end of the third trimester.

Tips for dealing morning sickness include;

  • Eat as soon as you wake up, make sure you eat something every 2-3 hours;  hunger can often make your symptoms worse
  • Try to have foods that are high in protein
  • An unrefined sweet food like a piece of fruit followed by a high protein food shortly afterwards works brilliantly – the fruit will bring up your blood sugar and the protein will help to stabilize it
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods
  • Take a snack to bed. When you wake up in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning have a bite of something
  • Don’t take any supplements on an empty stomach
  • Travel bracelets can often help as they stimulate anti-nausea points
  • Acupuncture can also help as can homeopathy (always used a therapist that specialises in pregnancy)
  • Try some ginger tea or biscuits
  • Have bottle of water, chewing gum, toothpaste/toothbrush in your handbag so you can freshen up

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is different from morning sickness. The nausea and vomiting is so severe to the point of nutritional compromise and dehydration. If you are suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum it is not likely that any of these remedies will offer much help.  You may have trouble keeping anything down, even water, and in some instances you may need to be hospitalized for rehydration with a drip.

If you cannot keep fluids down, or your sickness is affecting your day-to-day life, then please speak to your midwife or doctor. Medication can be prescribed to alleviate your symptoms, hospitalization is only required in the most severe cases.

Regina Covington is an independent midwife at Rights Of Passage

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