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.
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.
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.