With morning sickness symptoms (pregnancy nausea) you don’t always start out with actual throwing up.
As the pregnancy hormones start to rise (human chorionic gonadotrophin and estrogen) – you may start to feel unwell, not wanting to eat, and feeling queasy when you smell certain foods, Some women dry retch (they don’t actually vomit up anything) but they constantly feel as though they are going to throw up. Morning sickness doesn’t necessarily happen in the morning either – it can happen at any time of the day.
Pregnancy nausea usually occurs between 4 – 12 weeks – and mostly has gone by 16 weeks of pregnancy.
Some women find that keeping some carbohydrates (like a dry biscuit) next to their bed, and having one last thing at night and again first thing in the morning – does help to prevent morning sickness. You will also find that some foods make you feel nauseous – they are not the same foods for everyone, so it will only be through trial and error. For instance, a friend of mine swore that eating oranges helped, but when I tried that – I felt even worse, so you’ll have to find what works for you.
Ginger is said to help – you can try cutting up a small piece of ginger, and making it into a tea – possibly add some lemon and honey.
Try eating small light meals – and stay away from fatty food.
Some pregnancy supplements also cause nausea – so try taking them with food – or breaking the supplement into smaller pieces. Some women even need to resort to taking liquid supplements (children’s supplements) – but make sure you check with your doctor or midwife about the dosage.
Ensuring that your levels of Folate are adequate may reduce your pregnancy nausea– you are likely taking folic acid (Vitamin B6) supplements to help reduce the risk of Neural Tube Defects (conditions like spina bifida) – check with your Doctor/Midwife/Health Care Professional re your dosage or try to eat foods that naturally contain folate eg. lentils, garbanza and lima beans, spinach, broccoli, oranges, cooked beets or Romaine lettuce.
Severe cases of ongoing pregnancy nausea and vomiting – a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum which occurs in 1 in 300 pregnant women – these women need specialised care from their doctor.
Soon you’ll be over the pregnancy morning sickness and on to the pregnancy cravings!!! Thank Goodness all these things are passing!!
Click here for tips from well-known Nutritionist, Cyndi O Meara. (You’ll want to learn all you can from her – so that way down the track when baby starts eating – you will know what to feed him/her – so that your family is as healthy as possible). In the meantime, I hope your pregnancy nausea passes soon, and you can start enjoying this special time of your life!