In my opinion morning sickness is the worst bit about being pregnant, if you are unfortunate enough to suffer with it. You could say it should be called ‘pregnancy sickness’ because it doesn’t just affect you in the morning. It can affect you all through the day, although some find it to be worse in the morning or evening.
Nobody really knows the exact cause, but it is thought to be linked to the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which your body produces in large quantities during pregnancy until around week 13 when your placenta takes over the job of nourishing your baby.
Thus, many women find that their morning sickness symptoms start to ease off after week 13. So really, feeling sick is a good sign that things are as they should be.
Some women are not affected by sickness at all, some get it very mildly, while others feel extremely unwell with it and it prevents them from carrying out their normal daily chores and routines.
It can be a very miserable time when you are suffering from morning sickness. Speaking from experience, you just feel so ill and exhausted. I found that there wasn’t a single type of food that I wanted to eat (and usually I LOVE eating), so I had to make myself eat and it felt horrible.
A very severe form of pregnancy sickness is hyperemesis gravidarum, which means ‘excessive vomiting in pregnancy’. If you are vomiting all day and are unable to keep any food down then you could be suffering with this. You should contact your doctor as this severe from of sickness can harm you and your baby and cause you to lose lots of weight.
How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?
As mentioned before, many women find that after week 13 their sickness begins to ease. I found that mine was much better by week 16 and I was able to enjoy food again.
There are some women that suffer with sickness throughout their pregnancy, but fortunately this is quite rare. Some also find that it eases and then flares up again every so often.
As is so often the case with pregnancy, different women experience very different things.
Will Morning Sickness Harm My Baby?
No, morning sickness is just part of being pregnant and really means that you have good strong levels of the HCG pregnancy hormone.
As already mentioned, if you are experiencing excessive vomiting and can’t keep any food down then you should contact your doctor. Other than this, morning sickness symptoms are perfectly normal and healthy (although it doesn’t feel it) and are an indication that things are progressing as they should be.
What Can I Do To Ease Morning Sickness?
Now, I’ve read up about this because I was desperate for morning sickness cures. I got to the point where I was willing to try anything to make myself feel better.
There are things you can do that might help to ease it slightly for you, and perhaps some women find certain things are magical morning sickness cures for them (which is why it is worth trying different things).
I have to be honest though, I found that if I was feeling sick, there wasn’t an awful lot I could do about it. I found certain things didn’t aggravate it as much as others and were slightly more palatable, but none of the so-called morning sickness cures became a miracle cure for me.
However you might find that something really works for you, so here are some tips for easing your sickness, or at least preventing it from worsening:
1) When you wake up in the morning have a glass of water or a cup of tea and a dry biscuit or cracker or something bland like that to nibble on before you get up.
2) Get up slowly – fast movements in the morning can make the sickness worse.
3) Avoid being around or eating rich or fatty foods as this can make you feel more nauseous.
4) Keep eating - find something bland that you are able to stomach and eat little bits regularly. You will find that if you allow your stomach to become empty you will feel worse.
5) Drink plenty – keep your fluids up and you could also try having fizzy drinks such as fizzy water, lemonade or ginger beer which cause you to burp and may ease your nausea slightly.Some women find that ginger, either in food or drinks helps to ease their sickness.
6) Avoid sickly, greasy or strong smells. If you are feeling nauseous, try smelling something fresh like a lemon or orange (citrus smells can ease nausea), mint or just fresh air.
7) Don’t worry too much at this stage about all the foods you ‘should’ be eating. You can feel so rotten and as long as you are eating something then your baby will be ok for the few weeks that this lasts for. It will be easier for you if you keep to the things that you can find slightly palatable at this stage. 8) Don’t let yourself get too tired or stressed as this can worsen your symptoms. If you are feeling sick and tired, try to rest and sleep it off a bit.
9) If you are really suffering, see your doctor and they can prescribe antihistamines which can sometimes ease the sickness. Make sure your partner knows what you are going through so they can help you as much as possible.
Some look into natural herbs and remedies that may help to ease their sickness.
A friend of mine found that acupuncture relieved her sickness for a day or two.
Whatever you try, even if it’s not as effective as you’d hoped, try to stay positive. You will likely start to feel really fed up and miserable, but just remember, it’s all for a wonderful cause, and it will pass.
Please share with us any of your experiences with morning sickness.
I have definitely found that my morning sickness whilst carrying a girl has been much worse than when I carried my little boy. It lasted for longer and was much more intense.
What has been your experience?
Have you found anything that has helped to ease the sickness?
Have you noticed a difference with your morning sickness between boys and girls?
Was there a time of day when your sickness was worse?
By hearing from you we can build a picture of how morning sickness affects a wide range of pregnant women.
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