Can you no longer stand the smell of coffee brewing. eggs cooking or even your favourite meal? Well, you’re not alone. More than 80 per cent of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness (which can actually strike at any time of the day or night) in their first trimester.
Morning sickness usually starts at around four to six weeks and symptoms range from feeling very queasy to severe vomiting. It usually wears off after the second trimester, though a few unlucky mums-to-be suffer right through.
No one is sure what causes morning sickness, however it’s most likely due to the combination of the many physical changes your body is adapting to. In the meantime try our sickness-busting tips…
- Try some peppermint tea, it’s great for settling an upset tummy.
- Avoid foods and smells that appear to trigger nausea.
- If you’re having trouble keeping food down, try sucking a fruity ice block.
- Try to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Dehydration is often the course of nausea.
- Eat lots of ginger. Whether it’s ginger tea, ginger beer, biscuits or spice, ginger has great medicinal properties known to ease nausea.
- Try yoga. Yogic breathing helps to relax the belly, reducing the symptoms of morning sickness.
- Eat smaller, more frequent meals. An empty stomach will increase the chances of nausea, and will help keep your blood-sugar levels steady.
- Try burning essential oils such as ginger and mandarin.
- Eat foods high in carbohydrates and protein; dry toast, crackers, muesli, rice, pasta and wholegrain breakfast cereals.
- If you can’t get away from a smellthat’s bothering you, try carrying around a handkerchief sprinkled with a few drops of peppermint oil.
- Avoid greasy or spicy foods, both eating and smelling them may make you feel nauseous.
- Drink soda water or lemonade, the bubbles are said to reduce nausea.
- Open windows and/or use the exhaust fan when you are cooking to get rid of odours.
- Take naps during the day. Tiredness plays a big part in morning sickness.
- Keep snacks, such as crackers and biscuits, by your bedside. This may help to ward off the nausea before you get out of bed and may also help if you wake up in the night feeling sick.
- Try using acupressure bands on your wrists. The bands are can be worn like bracelets, and many pregnant women find they help.
- After eating, resist the urge to lie down straight away. Wait at least an hour before taking a nap.
- Avoid fatty foods. They take longer to digest, particularly during pregnancy when your stomach takes longer to empty.
- Don’t rush out of bed in the morning. Sudden movement may bring on morning sickness.
- Go with your cravings, if it stays down, then it’s a good thing. But do try to gradually broaden your diet.
Jasmine is one of the owners of Mybaby.net.au, a WAHM and prolific baby and parenting writer.