Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy and often goes away by the end of the first trimester, but in some cases may continue for the duration of pregnancy.
The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown, but it’s thought to be caused by changes in hormones during pregnancy. And while it’s called morning sickness, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy can occur at any time of the day.
Suggestions to help manage your morning sickness
If you are experiencing morning sickness, the following suggestions may help:
- Eat small regular meals and snacks over the day – going too long without eating can often make nausea worse.
- Eat according to your appetite rather than worrying about normal mealtimes.
- Avoid strong-smelling foods and if possible, get someone else to help with cooking and preparing your meals.
- Avoid fatty, fried and highly spiced food.
- Try a piece of dry toast or dry cracker biscuits before getting out of bed – you might want to keep a supply of dry crackers by your bed.
- Ginger tea, dry ginger ale or ginger tablets, may help with nausea in pregnancy.
- Drink plenty of fluid to prevent dehydration but you may find it better to sip on fluids across the day rather than drinking large amounts at one time.
If these suggestions don’t help, speak with your doctor about medications to treat morning sickness which are safe during pregnancy.
Morning sickness doesn’t usually cause any problems for your baby but if you have severe and persistent vomiting, if you are unable to keep down any food or fluids or if you feel weak, dizzy or unwell, it’s important to seek urgent medical attention.
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