Pregnancy is a truly magical time. You have an amazing little life growing inside of you and you’re about to embark on the incredible journey of parenthood. One not so magical part, however, is morning sickness. Don’t worry though– we have all the tips, tricks and info on keeping the nausea at bay.
When Does Morning Sickness Start?
Most people experience morning sickness in their first trimester, around eight to eleven weeks after conception. Despite the name, morning sickness can strike at any time of day.
When Does Morning Sickness End?
Morning sickness symptoms tend to improve during the second trimester, between weeks sixteen and twenty according to the NHS.
Who Has Morning Sickness?
Unfortunately, morning sickness is incredibly common, affecting 70-80% of pregnant people. However, this does mean you aren’t alone. Morning sickness is totally normal, with only a lucky few escaping it, and it doesn’t hurt or mean that there’s anything wrong with your baby.
A few factors that make you more likely to struggle with morning sickness include:
- Carrying multiple babies
- Struggling with morning sickness in a previous pregnancy
- History of motion sickness, e.g., being carsick
- History of migraine headaches
- Family history of morning sickness
- Contraceptives containing oestrogen have made you feel sick in the past
You’re also more likely to have difficulty with morning sickness if it’s your first pregnancy.
What Helps with Morning Sickness?
When you’re pregnant you want to be shopping for baby clothes, decorating the nursery and brainstorming baby names – not laying on the sofa feeling ill. Thankfully, there are some great morning sickness remedies to help curb the queasiness so you can get back to all the lovely, exciting parts of being pregnant.
Here are some of our favourite morning sickness remedies:
- Keep hydrated: If you’re being sick quite frequently, you’ll need to keep your fluids up. Remember to take small sips of water rather than big gulps.
- Ginger: Lots of expecting mothers use ginger to take the edge off of their morning sickness. Try snacking on candied ginger and sipping ginger tea or non-alcoholic ginger ale.
- Eat little and often: Small, frequent meals that are low in fat and high in carb can help you to feel less ill.
- Acupressure bracelets: These handy bracelets apply pressure to an area on your wrist which helps with nausea.
- Avoid foods/smells that make you feel sick.
- Eat cold foods rather than hot food if smells induce queasiness.
- Try the BRAT diet: Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast.
- Take over-the-counter Vitamin B6 supplements.
- Wear comfy clothes that aren’t tight on the stomach area- the last thing you need is additional pressure.
- Take plain, dry biscuits or crackers to bed with you in a container and eat them when you wake up the next day- this takes the edge off any early morning nausea.
What If My Morning Sickness is Really Bad?
If you’re really having a hard time with your morning sickness, you can always speak to your GP or Midwife. They’ll likely check your hydration levels and might even prescribe you some special anti-sickness medication that’s safe for pregnant people called an Antiemetic.
Whilst morning sickness certainly isn’t pleasant, we hope our advice will help you get through it a little easier. And, of course, it will all be worth it when you finally meet your beautiful baby.