Your morning sickness survival guide

What causes morning sickness and what you can do to avoid it

In Pregnancy

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At a Glance

Morning sickness can happen any time from 6 weeks and it doesn’t just happen in the morning

Eat bland starchy foods little and often to keep up your blood sugar

 

Drink lots of fluids to stay hydrated in case it’s really bad

Hyperemesis gravidarum is an extreme type of morning sickness and requires medical attention

When does morning sickness start? Vomiting or nausea start at around week 6 after your last missed period and usually clear up by weeks 16 to 20. Despite its name, morning sickness can happen at any time of the day or night and can make working or caring for other children particularly difficult. The good news is that there are ways to ease it and make you feel more comfortable so hang in there with these failsafe tips.

What causes morning sickness?

9 out of ten women will feel sick, or actually be sick at the start of their pregnancy but why is largely unknown. It is generally thought to be the result of a number of changes happening within your body..

Here are just some of the hormone changes that cause morning sickness.

  • Though other hormones play a part, your oestrogen levels rise quickly during the early stages of pregnancy

  • Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (hCG) is another hormone which rises rapidly during the early stages of your pregnancy

  • You’ll notice you have an extremely strong sense of smell. Great if you’re an animal in the wild but odour sensitivity could be making you sick

  • Finally, a lack of sleep can also make symptoms worse so read our tips for getting a good night’s rest

Fresh ginger in hot water to help with morning sickness

 What helps with morning sickness?

  • Eat and drink little and often to keep the hunger at bay and your blood sugar levels up. Water biscuits or dry crackers will keep your symptoms at bay

  • Avoid spicy and rich foods as well as any foods you don’t like the smell of

  • Eat some carbohydrates with every meal. Ideally, the more nutritious type – like muesli, brown rice and wholegrain bread

  • Some women swear by ginger. Try a cup of ginger tea or a slice of fresh ginger in some hot water. Or keep ginger biscuits next to your bed to eat before you get out of bed

  • Get as much fresh air as you can and go for a walk to try and take your mind off it. Get plenty of rest because tiredness can make you feel a whole lot worse

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Some women get an extreme case of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. If you’re concerned about your symptoms, or if you’re struggling to keep any food down and your urine is darker than normal, you need to speak to your GP.

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