You’ve done the pregnancy test, you’ve had a few weird cravings, and you kind of can’t wait for your bump to show so you can shop for some cool maternity clothes and take advantage of the seat on the train. Then, it hits. You can’t move without wanting to throw up, and for that matter, you can’t sit still without wanting to throw up either. Fret not, there are ways to cope. In this edition of ‘Ask the midwife’, Natasha Cullen from Beloved Bumps answers the question:
I’m nine weeks pregnant and really struggling with morning sickness. What can I do to feel less sick?
Morning sickness in the early weeks of pregnancy is not only hard because you feel terrible, but also because you’re probably trying to hide it from colleagues and friends (it’s normally at its worst until around 12 weeks, and you may have decided to keep your pregnancy secret until after your first scan).
While there’s no ‘cure’, there are a few things you can do to help ease the nausea:
- Eat little and often, instead of three large meals.
- Have something like biscuits or crackers by your bed to eat before you get up in the morning.
- Stay hydrated! Especially if you are throwing up – it’s important to stay on top of your fluid intake.
- Rest – if you’re tired, you may feel even more ill. This may mean that you have to take a few days off work, but put yourself as the priority.
- Avoid spicy and oily food.
- GINGER! Put it in your food, slice it up and pop it in hot water, eat ginger biscuits… try it however you possibly can!
- Wear anti-sickness wristbands (the ones you wear for travel sickness). But, be prepared to fend off questions about why you are wearing them!
If your morning sickness is accompanied by severe vomiting, lasts longer than 12-14 weeks, causes weight loss or dehydration, and you can’t keep any food down, you may be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). HG sometimes requires treatment so if you are experiencing severe symptoms please let your doctor know.
We hope Natasha’s tips help get you through to the other side of morning sickness. If all else fails, we vote for taking yourself on a babymoon staycay. Who says you have to wait for that bump?
Stay tuned for the next instalment of ‘Ask the midwife’, coming soon! If you have a burning question that just can’t wait, the lovely Natasha is very happy to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Beloved Bumps holds prenatal courses at East Coast (Sandbank), West Coast, Sentosa and Central (at Collision 8). The team consists of Natasha Cullen and Anna Kwan, a highly experienced personal trainer specialising in pre and postnatal fitness.
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