Morning Sickness

If your pregnancy glow is more sick-induced sheen, try this advice for coping.

Up to 90 per cent of mums-to-be experience some amount of morning sickness, and while the stomach churning typically hits about week four of pregnancy, it generally disappears around week 12.

What causes it?

Rising levels of pregnancy hormones are thought to play a role.  Throw in a heightened sense of smell and a sluggish digestive system, and you have a recipe for feeling off.

What can I do?

“Frequent, small, carbohydrate-based meals and snacks are the first way to go,” says obstetrician Dr Gino Pecoraro.

Here are some tips to try..

*Have brekkie in bed.

An empty tummy can make queasiness worse, so keep a stash of plain biscuits, rice crackers or dry cereal by your bed to eat first thing.

*Drink up

Staying hydrated makes your stomach feel better and is very important if you’re vomiting.  Take small slow sips of water or, if you find it tricky to drink, munch on ice cubes.

*Keep it cool It can be easier to drink liquids that are chilled, and because cold meals are generally less aromatic, they’re less likely to set your stomach rolling.

*Try ginger

This herb is one of the most popular food fixes for nausea.  Add a slice to a cup of hot water, use it in cooking, or try ginger ale, ginger tea or ginger lollies.

*Have some R&R

*Put the pressure on

“Some women swear by acupressure,”

*Breathe it in

A pleasant scent can distract from nausea.

*Brush up, carefully

If brushing your teeth makes you gag, use a small, soft brush and try to persevere.  But dont use it straight after vomiting – stomach acids weaken tooth enamel, meaning post-womit brushing can scratch teeth.

When Should I see a Doctor?

See your carer if you need stronger relief for your symptoms or are otherwise concerned.  Some women suffer a severe form of sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum, so chat to your doc if you’re vomiting several times a day, can’t keep anything down, or are losing weight.

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Before Birth – Preparing for Parenthood

We wish you well for the Big Day.

You’ve been feeling your little baby growing inside your ever-expanding belly for 36 weeks now.  Some of you will have really enjoyed the experience.

Some of you might have found it really challenging.  Or perhaps it was a series of ‘ups and down’s as your body and its various functions changed each month.  Maybe you were starting to wonder if it was ever going to end!

As the day of your baby’s birth draws near, we would like to provide you with some information that will help prepare you for the early days of parenthood.

Its nearly time for baby to venture out into the big, wide world.

Baby says I have been hearing and feeling your world for the last eight to nine months and now I am really looking forward to joining you in the outside world – wondering what it will be like to feel you hold me for the first time.

When I venture out into the big wide world I will be alert and looking for you.  Everything will be new and I’ll need you to hold me close and help me to feel safe and secure.

I’ll need lots of cuddles.  I’ll love to feel your skin against mine.

I’ll love to hear the sound of your voice. I’ll recognise your voice straight away because I have been listening to it since I was 8 weeks old in your womb.

Talk to me softly and sweetly, read to me, sing to me gently. I’ll be a great listener.

I’ll need your love – it will help me to grow physically and emotionally.

Love,

Your Baby

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