How to cope with morning sickness

Morning sickness is extremely common in early pregnancy and whilst for some it may only occur for several weeks, for others, morning sickness can go on for months.

Whilst the exact causes of morning sickness are not definitive, the most widely accepted theory is that it is caused by a hormone known as Human Chorionic Gonadotopin (HCG), which is produced in the body once the implantation of the foetus has taken place and generally increases until the 12th week of pregnancy, which is when many women feel morning sickness subside.

How to cope with morning sickness

If you are suffering from morning sickness or are worried about it in any way, you may find the following strategies on how to cope with morning sickness helpful.

Take plenty of rest

Rest can be a potent cure for many illnesses and ailments including morning sickness. To help eliminate sickly feelings, try to get plenty of rest at night and even take a nap during the afternoon if you can.

Eat dry crackers before bed

Many women say that eating dry crackers before bedtime can help lessen feelings of sickness both during the night and the following morning as an empty stomach can make you feel more nauseous.

Avoid dehydration

Dehydration can make you feel worse and if you are vomiting regularly it is easy to become dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day and night.

Cook food that won’t leave an unwanted aroma in the house

Morning sickness can heighten your sense of smell and certain smells can make you feel considerably worse. Avoid cooking foods that will ‘stick to’ the walls of the house, such as curries, as the clinging smell may make you feel off colour.

Nibble on ginger

Ginger is well known as having anti-sickness qualities so it may be a good idea to keep some ginger biscuits in the house.

Eat smaller quantities more often

Over-filling the stomach can intensify feelings of sickness and is it advisable to eat smaller portions more often to help keep morning sickness at bay.