Pregnancy, while an incredible feat of physiology, is no party. Sure, some have it easier, but plenty will have to suffer through the typical rites of passage–starting with morning sickness. And even then, there’s a spectrum of severity; if you’re unlucky enough, you could be on the extreme end of the symptoms, enduring what is termed hyperemesis gravidarum.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is excessive vomiting and nausea that plagues to the point of exhaustion and debilitation, usually requiring hospital rehydration treatment. Morning sickness attacks the appetite, which means blood sugar levels take a nosedive–which only exacerbates the queasy feelings.
What’s more, if you’ve had hyperemesis gravidarum before, there’s a strong chance all your pregnancies will follow suit.
Zita West, midwife and author of the Zita West Pregnancy Companion, offers the following tips to help get you through:
Your will to eat may be non-existent, but it’s important for both you and baby to stay hydrated. The key is not to down gallons at a time, but take regular sips throughout the day.
Being shackled to the porcelain will take a physical toll, and pregnancy is tiring enough. Make rest and proper sleep a priority to help get you through.
More and more hospitals are recognising the benefits of holistic therapies, and offer acupuncture as a complementary treatment for certain aspects of pregnancy. “There is good evidence which shows acupuncture stimulation of the ‘pericardium 6′ pressure point can help safely reduce nausea in early pregnancy”, says West.
Keep up carbs
Carb-rich snacks such as bread and crackers will help keep blood sugar stabilised, and this can prevent sudden attacks of nausea. Keep a ‘snack station’ stocked next to your bed, so you can nibble as soon as you wake up–when blood sugar levels are at their lowest.