Morning sickness can often be first sign that you’re pregnant and is extremely common affecting over 80% of mums-to-be. Despite its name morning sickness can actually happen any time of day or night and does vary from person to person. So, what is the cause of morning sickness? Unfortunately there isn’t an answer to that question, Doctors still aren’t sure of a definitive cause however the most common theories would suggest:
• High levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG during the first trimester
• Elevated oestrogen levels
• Enhanced sense of smell during pregnancy
We have come up with some top tips to help you cope and minimise the unpleasant sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy.
1) Get plenty of rest – It is important to ensure you get a good night’s sleep, to help this try block out as much sunlight as possible by wearing a sleep mask etc. To ease the stomach and backache maybe consider purchasing a maternity body pillow to support you whilst you rest. In the morning take your time. Avoid rushing around and get up slowly.
2) Avoid certain foods – Try avoiding caffeine, fatty and spicy foods. Alternatively try eating a selection of nuts, salty crackers and citrus foods. It is very important to eat plenty of vitamins found in fruit and veg! If chocolate is a must, ensure it is a small amount of dark chocolate as it contains more nutrients and less sugar than white and milk chocolate.
3) Eat little and often – It is important to always have some kind of food in your stomach, as this will lower your chances of experiencing nausea. If the stomach is empty, the acids have nothing to work on, except for the stomach lining, resulting in worsening sickness.
4) Work in an office? Avoid computer monitor flicker – The rapid, almost unnoticeable flickering of the computer monitor could cause morning sickness. If you must use a computer, reduce the chances of nausea by adjusting the screen by making the fonts bold and larger and changing the background to a soft tan or pink colour reducing eye strain.
5) Fluids, Fluids, Fluids! – Being hydrated is crucial for good health, and is very important during pregnancy. It may seem hard to drink your recommended 8 glasses of water per day, especially if it feels your stomach disagrees. However, the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseated you will become. If drinking water is hard, it has been said flat decaffeinated Coca-Cola is a lifesaver, you could also try sucking ice cubes made from water or fruit juice is also an effective method. The colder the drink, the easier it is to consume.
6) Ginger – For many years, ginger has long been publicised as a stomach soother, and studies have shown that it may help relieve nausea symptoms. Sipping cold ginger ale, or adding a slice of raw ginger to water or tea may help sooth your stomach. Snacks such as ginger bread, or ginger cookies will all effectively help prevent nausea.
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