Did you know that 75% of pregnant women suffer from Morning Sickness?
Why do they call it this? I suffered with it morning, noon and night for the first 3 months!
It is thought to be caused by a change of hormones during the early part of pregnancy. Symptoms usually clear up around 16-20 weeks. However, some women can suffer it for longer. Here are some handy tips to help deal with Morning Sickness, should it come calling, courtesy of our NHS.
- Get plenty of rest (tiredness can make nausea worse).
- Avoid foods or smells that make you feel sick.
- Try eating something like dry toast or a plain biscuit before you get out of bed.
- Eat small, frequent meals of plain foods, which are high in carbs and low in fat. For example, bread, rice, crackers and pasta.
- Choose cold foods rather than hot ones if the smell of hot meals makes you feel sick. I am half Chinese but I couldn’t stand the smell of Chinese food for the whole 9 months. Much to my relief that changed after Sam was born.
- Drink plenty of fluids, such as water (sipping them little and often may help prevent vomiting).
- Eat foods or drinks containing ginger . There’s some evidence ginger may help reduce nausea and vomiting. If you want to take as a supplement, ensure you check with your pharmacist first.
- Try acupressure as there is some evidence that putting pressure on your wrist or using a special band or bracelet on your forearm may relieve the symptoms.
I hated the feeling of sickness and sometimes it would stay with me the whole day. Some of these tips were around when I was pregnant. I also has some great Chinese ones passed down to me by my Mother. A drop of soy sauce on my tongue worked wonders for me… only a drop mind you! These tips helped me through till the symptoms dissipated.
Happy Body, Happy Mind, Happy Baby