Tips, tricks and advice on how to survive morning sickness
Although no one likes to experience sickness and nausea, there are self-help remedies you can try, and it will more than likely ease off once you are beyond 12 weeks pregnant. Very few women will experience severe sickness and nausea but, if you do, medical help can enable you to manage those symptoms.
It is sometimes called “morning sickness” but it can happen at any time of the day or night..
Unfortunately there is no quick fix cure. The important thing is to listen to your body so try to eat and drink little and often, as this will keep up your fluid and energy levels, and rest as much as possible.
Fortunately, there are self-help remedies that you can try before resorting to medicines or medical help, to help reduce feelings of nausea and vomiting:
- If you can predict the times that you may feel nauseous, try to eat a small piece of bread or a biscuit just before. This is not an instant cure, but it can help stave off those feelings.
- Ginger is known for its anti-nausea properties. Try ginger in different forms to see what you like and helps you most. For example, you may enjoy chopped fresh ginger in hot water to drink or just to inhale the aroma, or snack on some ginger biscuits.
- Bracelets for motion sickness can be bought from most chemists. These can work quite well for some women, as they act upon acupressure points on your wrist to prevent you from feeling nauseous.
- Lack of sleep and not enough rest can make feelings of nausea seem worse, so include some planned relaxation time as an important part of your day.
- Try to avoid rich, creamy or spicy foods that could take longer to digest or irritate your stomach. Eat lighter, blander foods in smaller portions, rather than large meals.
- Certain essential oils with anti-sickness properties may be helpful, such as peppermint, lemon or lime. You can put a few drops onto a tissue, mix with a carrier oil and apply to your skin, or try using an oil burner or diffuser, or a spray