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5 great tips on battling with morning sickness

Wednesday, 10 February 2016  | 

Nausea and vomiting is very common in early pregnancy. Around half of woman experience sickness and 80% experience nausea in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. I suffered with nausea and sickness during the first 12 weeks of my pregnancy. Don't be fooled by the term 'morning sickness.' It could happen at any time, day or night. As I found out!

Whilst for some sickness can be a minor problem, for others it can be something they feel they are dealing with all of the time.There are some things you can try that may help if you are suffering with sickness and nausea. Below are some things that worked for me.

Drinking little and often

Make sure you drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. Try sipping your drink little and often rather than drinking larger amounts in one go. This may help decrease your morning sickness. This is the key thing that I tried that I found worked for me. I also found that having an empty stomach made me feel worse.

Get enough rest and sleep

Being tired can make your morning sickness worse. Make sure you get enough sleep at night. You may want to carry on watching your favourite box set but you will feel the benefit of an early night. If you can take a rest during the day, that's great too.

Take your time getting out of bed

I found that I felt most sick first thing in the morning. Take your time getting out of bed, I found that taking a few minutes before getting up or even eating something like a piece of toast in bed helped.

Eat small and frequent meals

Eat small meals throughout the day to make sure you never have an empty stomach. Foods like pasta and bread had no effect on my sickness. I struggled with sweet and spicy foods so tried to avoid them.

Ask your close family to help

Asking for support is something that may really help reduce your morning sickness. Asking your partner to help with the cooking, may stop you from coming into contact with cooking smells that can make you feel sick. Asking for help will also allow you to rest.

I hope some of my tips help you in some way. Whilst morning sickness is unpleasant, it usually will begin to subside around the 12 week mark. Allowing you to feel somewhat normal again after that.

Claire

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