Fun fact: more than 90% of women experience nausea during pregnancy, so you're definitely not alone.
With symptoms including, feeling tired all the time and extreme nausea, morning sickness can feel very debilitating, especially if you have work and/or public transport to contend with.
When you're pregnant, your body starts producing a hormone called hCG in large quantities, which gives your baby all the nutrients it needs in those first early weeks. The side effects of the hormone can cause you to feel weak and poorly/ But be rest assured, once the placenta takes over, your hCG levels should drop and your morning sickness will ease off too.
8 of the best morning sickness remedies:
3. Acupressure bracelets
These are often called 'sea bands', you might remember being given them by your mum on long car journeys to help car sickness. But, guess what, they are equally effective for morning sickness, as it's all about applying gentle pressure on the balls of your wrist, to hit certain nerve centres in the body. When you experience a wave of nausea, press on the button on each wrist 20 to 30 times at one-second intervals, the sensation should be relaxing and make you feel less sick.
What our #mumtribe mums said:
"I swear by the sea sick travel bands, they helped me on both my pregnancies, I recommend them to everyone." - Katie
"I used the travel sickness bands that go on your wrists, I found they made a big difference and helped settle that constant queasy feeling in my stomach!" - Lauren
Morning sickness remedies recommended by real-mums
We asked our #mumtribe community of mums on Facebook what helped their morning sickness and here are some of our favourite answers:
Katie Gleeson: "I swear by the sea sick travel bands, they helped me on both my pregnancies, I recommend them to everyone."
Fiona Clewer: "I started with morning sickness at week 9 and was still being sick a couple of hours after having my baby boy and the only thing that ever made any difference (and only worked sometimes) was sipping ginger beer. Even water made me vomit."
Patrice McDonald: "Dry cream crackers helped...plus crystallised ginger (easier to cope with than raw ginger). I later asked the GP for anti-sickness tablets, but in the end they prescribed antacids which really helped (much better than just drinking gaviscon by the bottle)!"
Rachel Train: "It’s trial and error. I had sickness with all my 3 pregnancies and I found eating plain food regularly helped me. Marmite sandwiches on white bread was my saviour from starvation, and plain baked potatoes, cream crackers and rich tea biscuits. Sucking on mints helped with nausea. And I found a tummy setting tea morning sickness tea that did actually help!"
Holly Ashton: "I was sick for months and nothing really helped. Even anti sickness tablets from the drs! I tried all the tricks but the only thing that seemed to keep it at bay at all was eating a little and often. Including having biscuits and dry cornflakes by my bed so I could munch through the night too!"
Tanya Harrison: "I had morning sickness when we first moved into our house. Our first parcel to arrive was a giant box of 48 ham and mustard flavour crisps which my husband thought was a mistake! It was the only thing that would cure my morning sickness!"
Laura Davies: "Water from the fridge with chopped up lemons in it and those butterscotch sugar free sweets you can get from Aldi. Lifesaving!"
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