Are you pregnant and suffering? Here's how to cope with morning sickness in pregnancy
First off, what is morning sickness? Morning sickness is the name given to nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. But unlike the name suggests, it can happen at any time - not just the morning - as some mums-to-be will discover.
What are the symptoms? It varies from person to person. For people like Chloe, she was sick so often, all-day-long, that she developed a strategy for dealing with and hiding morning sickness. But for others it consists of nausea, such as the seasick feeling experienced here. Morning sickness can sometimes feel like a hangover, but without any of the drinking.
When is morning sickness likely to strike during pregnancy? While morning sickness is typically associated as a pregnancy symptom of the first trimester, it can strike at any time of your pregnancy. It can be different for everyone and vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. TalkMum blogger Anna only had a very fleeting period of nausea in the first few weeks, and for most people it clears by week 16-20 of pregnancy. But Emma was sick for months, and Gill found the sick sensation returned slightly in the third trimester, but only in her second pregnancy.
How can I cure morning sickness? While there's no official cure for morning sickness, there are lots of things you can do to help you get through it. Suggestions for how to cope with morning sickness in pregnancy include getting plenty of rest, eating and drinking little and often (try plain, dry foods such as bread and pasta, salty snacks or sweets). Ginger and mint can also help. Some people swear by the travel sickness bands that put pressure on your wrists. Make sure you take it easy and moan about it if it makes you feel better!
If you are feeling really bad, or are unable to keep any food or drink down, make sure you ask your doctor or midwife for help as soon as possible.
Is morning sickness the same as hyperemesis gravidarum? No, it's not the same. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a severe form of pregnancy sickness where sufferers are incredibly sick, to the point where they may become seriously malnourished and require medication and hospitalistion. Symptoms may also include excessive saliva and even aversions to certain colours, where just looking at them will make them sick. The Duchess of Cambridge suffered from hyperemesis gravidarum throughout her pregnancies.
Did you suffer from morning sickness? What helped to make you feel better? Let us know if you have any tips on how to cope with morning sickness in pregnancy. You can also read our post on what to eat during pregnancy