Morning sickness tips





What causes morning sickness?

  • No one really knows why morning sickness occurs but it has been associated with:
    • High level of hormones.
    • Fluctuations of blood pressure.
    • Altered metabolism of carbohydrates.
    • Enormous physical and chemical changes in body.


Will morning sickness affect my growing baby?

  • Typically there are no adverse effects on the baby or mother despite all the vomiting, as long as you are able to keep some food and fluids down.
  • However in severe cases it may be associated with lower birth weight and pre-term labour.


When does morning sickness begin?

  • Around 6 weeks into pregnancy and will continue to about 12 to 14 weeks.
  • In some cases it may continue to 16 to 20 weeks and even beyond.
  • Affects 75-80% of mums-to-be.


What are the symptoms?

  • Nausea & vomiting.
  • Sensitivity to odours.
  • Food cravings or aversions to food.
  • Drowsiness (even with enough rest).
  • Headaches and cramps.


How do I cope with it?

  • How do I cope with it?
  • Eat small meals regularly (5-6 times daily).
  • Avoid spicy, greasy or fatty foods.
  • Avoid smelly foods that make you nauseous.
  • Eat more carbohydrates (white rice, potato, etc).
  • Eat bland food when feeling nauseous (jellies, icy poles, etc).
  • Eat some saltine crackers before getting out of bed to calm your stomach.
  • Drink more fluids to avoid dehydration. Try ginger ale/ginger tea.
  • Ask your doctor for Vitamin B6 (has been proven to reduce nausea).
  • Change in life routine (cook less, share household chores, etc).
  • Reschedule your work (talk to your boss and work out a schedule to do more when you are least affected by the symptoms).
  • Diversion (find a pleasant hobby to take your mind of the nausea).


Seek medical attention if you are experiencing these symptoms!

  • Persistent nausea
  • Uncontrollable vomiting
  • Vomiting blood or bile
  • Dehydration
  • Severe weight loss (at least 5% of pre-pregnancy weight)
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shivering
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Increased salivation
  • You may need hospitalisation and rehydration.

The good news is “morning sickness” doesn’t last forever and often improves by the time your pregnancy grows to mid-term.

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