Everything you need to know about pregnancy morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs that lets you know that you may be expecting. These signs usually start around the 6th week of pregnancy and can happen at any time during the day, even though it is commonly known as ‘morning sickness’. For the majority of mothers to be, this stops around the 12th week of pregnancy.

Now, in general morning sickness isn’t anything that you should worry about too much and it is not harmful to you or your baby. But if you are experiencing excessive vomiting and cannot keep any food or fluid down, you may have a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum that can be harmful and needs medical help.

You are not alone

The symptoms of morning sickness can really be irritating and uncomfortable. If you are having your first baby you may even feel helpless, having to spend a good ten fifteen minutes in the bathroom throwing up each morning or battling nausea. But, you are not alone. Studies indicate that over 50% of pregnant women go through morning sickness during pregnancy and that it is a direct result of the hormonal roller coaster your body goes through during pregnancy. Surprisingly, a large number of medical specialists believe that morning sickness is a positive sign to say that your placenta is developing well. But you will, still want ways of relieving your symptoms right? Here are a few things you can try at home.

Things to keep the nausea away

· Eat a few saltine or dry crackers or even a couple of sweet biscuits before you get out of bed in the morning.

· High carb meals are generally well tolerated, but try and avoid anything that you think might give you that twisting feeling in your stomach.

· Reduce portion size and increase servings. Eat small regular meals about five times a day instead of three big ones. An empty stomach or an overly full stomach can both trigger nausea.

· Avoid any cooking because aromas can cause nausea. If there are specific smells that make you want to throw up, such as, frying onions or garlic, ask your family to avoid using them while you are experiencing morning sickness.

· Stay hydrated. Water, clear broths and soups and sanitized teas can help. Remember that you should not consume just any tea while you are pregnant and that you should always use only sanitized teas. Secrets of tea is the only tea maker whose teas are sanitized in a unique process. Our mummy magic teas are perfect for morning sickness relieving. Don’t gulp it down, take small sips while drinking them.

· Some women take vitamin B6 supplements but this needs to be discussed with your doctor first.

· Rest well. Moving around can aggravate the nausea.

· Wear loose and comfy clothing that don’t put pressure on your abdomen area.

· Don’t let excessive vomiting go untreated. You could be suffering from loss of electrolytes ad your baby will be in danger.

· Don’t take any drugs unless specified by your doctor. They may otherwise harm you and your baby.

Things to avoid for relief from morning sickness

· Cooking or eating spicy food.

· Exposure to unpleasant odors. Many women carry a small bar of soap with their favorite fragrance always so that when nausea hits, you can take in a deep fragrant breath and distract yourself.

· Lying down immediately after a meal.

Severe morning sickness – Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG)

This condition of experiencing severe morning sickness can affect about 1 in 1000 pregnant mommies. The symptoms of this condition includes repeatedly throwing up on the same day, sudden weight loss and extreme dehydration. Treatment for this is to usually get hospitalized where you will be administered liquids and nutrition via an IV to restore your body balance. If left untreated, this could lead to;

· Electrolyte imbalances

· Depression and anxiety

· Malnourished fetus

· Strain on vital organs like the liver, kidneys, heart and brain.

Ginger to the rescue

Ginger is one of the most tried and tested and successful home remedies for nausea or even an upset and angry stomach. Try our morning sickness tea collection. Remember that during pregnancy you should only drink sanitized teas and Secrets of Tea is the only company that sanitizes all tea. You could also add in a slice of ginger to your water, suck on ginger candy or nosh on anything to do with ginger when the nausea strikes. A little piece will go a really long way.

Try out these remedies and let us know whether they worked for you. If you have alternative suggestions that have worked, share them with our community too.

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