Morning sickness: The common and not-so-common tricks to ease the symptoms

There is nothing more frustrating, debilitating or downright awful than morning sickness. It’s not even just confined to the morning – it can hit anytime anywhere if you don’t know your triggers. Though most common in early pregnancy that usually clears up around 16-20 weeks, it can last the entire pregnancy.

Regardless of how long it lasts, its unpleasant and can really affect your day-to day routine and life. If it becomes severe or extreme pregnancy sickness, it can be diagnosed as hyperemesis gravidarum, which Kate Middleton famously suffered from. This is a serous condition a sit can prevent you from getting enough fluids and nutrients which may lead to malnutrition, meaning you may need further medical treatment.

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Some warning signs when you’re vomiting that you need to seek further medical help are:

Dark-coloured urine

No urine in more than 8 hours

Unable to keep food or fluids down for 24 hours

You feel severely weak, dizzy or faint

You experience (abdominal) pain

You have a high temperature

You’re vomiting blood

You’ve lost weight

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Morning sickness is an awful experience, but unfortunately, there seems to be no known cure-all that works for everyone. Everyone’s bodies and triggers are different, so the food that everyone will have to avoid and be able to eat will be different.

Easing symptoms will depend on your body but if you’re experiencing some of the more severe symptoms and it’s severely impacting your life, you may be able to obtain a prescription from your doctor or midwife for If these do not work for you or you're having more severe symptoms, your doctor or midwife might recommend medicine for you.

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Anti-sickness medicine can be prescribed if your nausea and vomiting is severe and does not improve after trying lifestyle changes. They’re a short-term course of an anti-sickness medicine, called an antiemetic, that's safe to use in pregnancy. They’re usually given in tablet form but if you’re incapable of keeping anything down, your doctor may suggest an injection or a suppository.

But before you resort to that, there are some home methods recommended by doctors and fellow mums to attempt to soothe the symptoms of morning sickness.

Eat a bland diet

Eat frequent small meals

Drink plenty of liquids when not feeling nauseated

Avoid spicy and fatty foods

Eat high-protein snacks

Get lots of rest

Plenty of fluids – sip drinks slowly and frequently

Acupuncture

body massage

Ginger – the biscuit variety, or ginger tea works well

Vitamin B supplements

Plain carbs like pasta, rice, bread and potatoes

Foods high in zinc - seeds, wholemeal bread, small amounts of eggs and red meat

Bland meals

Cold meals

Flat fizzy drinks

Fruit or herbal teas like peppermint tea

Salted crisps

Potato Chips

Lemonade

Motion sickness armbands

Rich Tea Biscuits

Fizzy water

Sucking on hard candy

Cucumber

Watermelon

Peanut butter on toast

Ginger ale

Brown bread

Brown Breads on White Ceramic Plates

Ice cubes

Sugary tea

Green apples

Cream crackers

Mint- either tea or chew on leaves

Ice lollies to get in fluids

Fiona Murphy is a freelance writer, specialising in book-related content, fiction and poetry. She can be found drinking tea, craving tapas or attempting to finish her never-ending-novel.

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