Who gets morning sickness?There are women have no morning sickness at all, though most will experience some nausea and/or vomiting during the first 12 to 16 weeks of pregnancy. About 20% of pregnant women continue to feel nauseous beyond 20 weeks – some right up until they deliver.
The effects of morning sickness will pass Morning sickness may make you more sensitive to certain smells such as cigarette smoke or coffee brewing, triggering an instant gag reflex. Combined with the tiredness that also often accompanies early pregnancy NVP can make the first trimester something of a trial... The good news is that most NVP resolves itself by 14 weeks and many women find the second trimester to be quite comfortable, before the discomfort of the third trimester begins.
What causes NVP?The exact cause of NVP is unknown, but it is thought be a result of the hormonal and other changes your body experiences during pregnancy. The main culprit is probably rapidly rising levels of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). Oestrogen is also a prime suspect
NVP won't harm your babyYou may worry that you are not getting adequate nutrition for your growing baby if you are unable to eat, but there is no evidence that NVP is harmful to the baby as long as you are getting enough liquid. In fact, NVP is thought to be nature’s way of protecting the baby from food-borne pathogens during the vulnerable first weeks of foetal development. It is also a myth that women who don’t have morning sickness are more likely to miscarry or have babies with birth defects.
Common remedies for typical NVP:These tend to be quite individual, so you may need to experiment to find out what works for you. Speak to your doctor about safe anti-emetic and anti-nausea medications you can take. Some women report that Vitamin B6 supplements help, but run this by your doctor first.
- Eating a dry biscuit or cracker before getting up in the morning can settle your stomach.
- Ginger has been found to an effective remedy for all kinds of nausea. Sip ginger ale or nibble on ginger biscuits or make ginger tea by infusing a knob of grated ginger in a cup of boiling water for a few minutes. Add a drop of lemon juice and honey to sweeten.
- Many women find that nibbling on ice chips or sucking on an ice lolly helps quell the queasiness.
- Eat small amounts often, rather than trying to eat a whole meal and keep foods as bland as possible.
- Avoid fatty, spicy, acidic, creamy foods or anything that makes your stomach rebel. It won’t harm your baby if you limit your diet for a few weeks to foods you can bear. Try to eat and drink something, no matter how little – an empty stomach will make you feel worse and dehydration must be avoided.