Existing numbers estimate around 70 percent of pregnant women experience nausea during early pregnancy, and around 50 actual vomiting. For a lesser percentage it’s an ongoing aspect of their pregnancy journey which has them, staring into a bedside bucket for months!
Encouragingly though, most women experience their morning sickness symptoms dwindling or disappearing altogether towards the end of their first trimester (around 3-4 months).
Regardless of how long you suffer with morning sickness, it helps to know how best to cope. Here’s some ideas we hope will have you feeling far better, fast!
Less than wonderful whiff’s will likely send you scrambling for the ladies room, so pay attention to what sets you off. For some the smell of a colleagues perfume will prove to be more than their pregnant tummy can handle.
The hormone estrogen is responsible for the sense of smell. During pregnancy, potent smells will make your stomach turn.
What may help you, is carrying a small bottle of lemon extract or a fresh twig of lavender or rosemary in your bag - and when you feel nauseous with no fresh air to breathe, take a sneaky sniff for much needed relief.
When you feel a wave of sickly-feeling strike, it can be that the best remedy is simply to lie down, close your eyes, breathe deeply and sleep.
Many experts agree that sleep is a perfect way to escape morning sickness and your body surely needs it. It may mean you need to engage some help if you have other children to care for… but if you can, lying horizontal and getting some rest will help almost all of the time.
When your stomach’s feeling green, it’s difficult to picture yourself eating at all, yet doing so can help! An empty stomach is filled with acid that has not much to do but churn around your stomach lining exacerbating the problem.
While eating too much is certainly no help, it has shown to be true that having six small meals (or ‘snack times’) a day, can significantly calm nausea.
Keeping your stomach just a little bit full may just be your best morning sickness solution.
If your body is dehydrated, it will simply not manage, making morning sickness that much worse.
If you are having trouble keeping fluids down, try tricking your body by snacking on salty foods such as potato chips – or otherwise sucking on ice cubes.
Also sipping on liquids of extreme temperature – hot or cold - can keep you from wanting to gag.
There’s no doubt that certain foods will make you feel sick in seconds. Pay fast attention to what works for you and what doesn’t. There’s no set rule about which foods work best for all pregnant persons – so it’s very much up to individual discovery.
Many find that crackers, dry cereal, pretzels, watermelon and ice-popsicles are more easily kept down, whereas rich, fatty or spicy foods can easily trigger upsets.
Another winning snack to test is chicken soup which both hydrates and nourishes you in lots of ways your baby-growing body needs.
Long renowned as soothing for nauseous stomachs, studies indicate that ginger may help overcome that ill feeling. Try popping a slither of ginger into a hot water or tea, alternatively try sipping a flat ginger ale. You can also try dried candied-ginger, ginger biscuits or gingerbread.
Bottom line: ingesting ginger in any form is well worth a shot!
Ever been seasick? Well, some time back acupressure wristbands were introduced to help seabound folk cope. Turns out it works a treat. The same principle applies to morning sickness and so such wristbands are well worth a try.
While holistic remedies can garner mixed results – some women have reported relief from using them while pregnant with morning sickness. If you are thinking you’d like to try this, simply check in with your doctor first.
If your case is a severe, ongoing form of morning sickness - you’ll need more intensive medical support. Please don’t suffer in silence. It’s essential that you receive effective care. Please call the One for Women team today to get the help you need.