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Pregnancy Health A-Z: Morning Sickness

Struggling with morning sickness? Discover more about this pregnancy condition and how to treat it with our latest health know how

It might be called morning sickness but, as many pregnant women find out, nausea and sickness can strike at any time.

Put the dry crackers aside. We’ll show you how to beat it.

What is morning sickness?

Around 90% of women experience some form of morning sickness during their pregnancy. Some get away with just mild nausea, while others can suffer from frequent vomiting that leaves them feeling debilitated.

‘In the first trimester, the sudden increase in pregnancy hormones can cause nausea while, in the last three months, your baby pressing on your stomach can make you feel sick,’ says midwife Sarah Denning.

What are the symptoms?

Some women are physically sick, while others feel nauseous. ‘You may feel tired and listless, especially if you’re not getting many fluids and are dehydrated,’ says Sarah.

Some women feel dizzy and find they can’t move around much as it worsens their nausea.

What can you do?

There are plenty of remedies and treatments for morning sickness and, for many, it’s a case of trial and error to find what works for you.

Carbohydrates, fizzy water, acupressure bands, ice lollies, ginger biscuits and mint tea are all popular remedies

‘Carbohydrates, fizzy water, acupressure bands, ice lollies, ginger biscuits and mint tea are all popular remedies,’ says Sarah. ‘The most important thing to remember is that you get as much rest as you can and take on fluids throughout the day.

Try drinking through a straw as that reduces the gag reflex, which can sometimes cause problems.’ Severe morning sickness or hyperemesis is treated with anti-sickness medication – known as antiemetics.

When to see your GP

You have gone 24 hours without taking on any fluids.

‘Your urine may be dark yellow or brown colour and you could feel tired and listless – all symptoms of dehydration which must be addressed,’ says Sarah.

Don’t worry about the nutritional health of your baby if you’ve got morning sickness. He’ll take everything he needs to stay healthy from you. 

If you are throwing up regularly throughout the day and find it impossible to keep anything down, you may get severe morning sickness, which if left untreated can lead to dehydration and hospitalisation. This is known as hyperemesis gravidarum and is the condition that Kate Middleton was diagnosed with when she first announced her pregnancy.

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