Although some people don’t experience any morning sickness at all, it is unfortunately part of pregnancy for many women. As it’s so common, it is often accepted as just ‘part of the deal’ but feeling nauseous all day can dramatically affect your quality of life, especially when it’s severe.
The most common theory for what causes morning sickness is elevated levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG, which is at its highest level during the first trimester. This is a sign that your body is starting to adapt to carrying a baby.
Dealing with morning sickness
Different women are affected in different ways, but taking notice of what brings on your waves of nausea is good way to start managing it. Avoid smells and foods that seem to cause it, change your habits as you discover what helps ease your symptoms. You can also:
- Try a supplement specifically designed for morning sickness, like Elevit Morning Sickness Relief. Elevit Morning Sickness Relief contains ginger and vitamin B6, both ingredients that have been shown to help reduce the frequency and severity of morning sickness and help relieve symptoms of nausea and vomiting for up to 12 hours
- Try to eat little and often to avoid an empty stomach
- Keep dry crackers close to snack on when you need them
- Eat foods that are high in starch like rice or pasta or simple and high protein foods such as nuts
- Avoid spicy or greasy foods
- Keep yourself well hydrated and if you struggle to drink lots of water, try carbonated drinks like ginger ale or herbal teas.
- Try complementary therapies, such as acupuncture or massage, from a qualified practitioner with experience treating pregnancy women