Pregnancy App Article: "What to expect: Morning sickness"

Week 7
Morning sickness
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Morning sickness is a cruel misnomer: for many pregnant women, the only time they don't feel nauseous is when they're zonked out in bed.

It affects about eight out of 10 women, starting around week six. For most, it's gone by around 12-14 weeks, but one in 10 unlucky ones still feel sick after 20 weeks. You're more likely to get morning sickness if you're having a multiple pregnancy.

There's no firm line on what causes morning sickness, but it's generally thought to be related to those pesky hormonal changes triggered by pregnancy. At a point when you may already feel tired and emotional, and have a heightened sense of smell, it can be very trying - especially if you've not yet told many people that you're pregnant.

Gross and debilitating as it is, morning sickness won't usually harm you or your baby and, in fact, if you do feel sick, research suggests you're less likely to have a miscarriage. Every cloud and all that.   

If you can't keep anything down for days on end and you're becoming dehydrated, then you may have hyperemesis and you'll need expert help from your doctor or midwife.  
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It's a weird feeling of having two stomachs - one that wants to throw up and burp constantly, and the other that is ravenous and thinking about food all the time.
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Try to eat before you start to feel nauseous, otherwise it becomes a vicious circle. Try to distract yourself while eating, and make the experience as pleasurable as possible. Change the food you eat every day, if possible. And don’t worry - you may lose weight but your baby will be fine, and you’ll soon put back those pounds.
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What helps to relieve morning sickness?
  • Try to eat before you start feeling nauseous, and keep something next to your bed for when you wake up
  • Eat a bowl of porridge before you go to bed at night
  • Ginger (the biscuit variety, or ginger tea)
  • A diet high in zinc - seeds, wholemeal bread, small amounts of eggs, red meat and so on
  • Snack regularly - MNers recommend crackers, dry toast, plain biscuits, oatcakes, crisps, fruity sweets or ice lollies
  • Drink flat fizzy drinks
  • Nap whenever you can
  • Carry mints everywhere (helpful as a breath freshener, too, if you're sick when you're out somewhere)
  • Acupuncture or travel sickness wrist bands can help
  • Do an online food shop if going round the supermarket makes you queasy
  • A little self-pity can work wonders, as this mum explains: "My aunt recommended sitting on the bathroom floor wailing 'Oh please, just let me die'. I felt more comforted by her telling me that than by all those who offered more conventional advice."
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