Morning sickness – what can you do to make yourself feel better?
Whether it’s mild or moderate – or even the severe form, Hyperemesis Gravidarum there are steps you can take to reduce the impact of morning sickness – and enjoy your pregnancy!
Many of us get some form of morning sickness – up to 50% of pregnant women are affected. Whether it’s slight nausea and a dislike for certain foods or a more severe form, it puts a dampener on the joy of being pregnant. B has talked to leading experts for their tips and advice on how to cope.
The different kinds of morning sickness
Some women feel mildly nauseous without ever being sick. Some may vomit once or twice a day but feel OK most of the time. Some may feel sick almost all of the day and others are severely ill, actually throwing up many times a day. This is serious and can affect both mother and baby and needs to e treated, sometimes with a hospital stay and intravenous fluids (a drip).
In the morning?
Nausea can strike at any time of the day or night, so the name is slightly misleading – though most women who are affected are better towards the afternoon or evening.
Doctors believe that changes in hormone levels during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy are to blame. It may also be caused by a lack of Vitamin B6, so many sure you are taking a supplement that also includes Folic acid.
Most of us start to feel this at about six weeks and it is usually over by the 12th week. However, there are some women who start to feel sick earlier and whose nausea continues longer.
Doctors advise the following to help you feel better.
- Rest – you will feel even more tired if you are being sick as well as being pregnant!
- Keep drinking – no, stay away from the wine and spirits and make sure you are drinking plenty of water or other fluids that you feel like, to avoid dehydration. Sip slowly.
- Eat little and often – small meals will help you retain some nutrients if you are being sick. Try eating at times of the day when you notice you feel better.
- Start the day slowly – if the mornings are worst, keep some dry crackers or ginger biscuits by the bed and nibble before you get up. When you do get up – take it slowly.
- Avoid – if you know some things make you heave, don’t go near – and ask your partner to avoid them too.
- Get help – ask someone else to do the cooking for you.
B has talked to a group of experts in their field to help you feel better.
The Consultant Gynaecologist
Dr James Nicopoullos, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine & Surgery at The Lister Hospital, London, explains the severe form of morning sickness, Hyperemesis Gravidarum and its treatment.
Henrietta Norton, Head of Nutrition at Grace Belgravia and founder of Wild Nutrition, gives her advice on morning sickness and how to eat yourself better.