What is it? A feeling of nausea accompanied with actual sickness in pregnancy is called morning sickness. It is especially common in the first trimester and is one of the many first signs of pregnancy. It can strike at any time of the day but is more commonly experienced in the morning on getting up from bed and hence the term 'morning' sickness. It is not an essential ingredient in a pregnancy as some women may sail through pregnancy with no nausea at all. The feeling generally tends to taper off by the 12th week and may even disappear after that. However, the sickness or nausea is worse and even prolonged if you are expecting more than one baby.
This morning sickness is believed to be associated with the high levels of the pregnancy hormone, hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin), especially in the first trimester.
* Feeling sick especially at the smell of certain foods.
* Actual sickness or vomiting.
* The feeling may strike at a particular time of the day, not necessarily in the morning.
In addition to the above, the following steps are worth trying as they have proved useful for others:
* If your nausea strikes you when you get out of bed, eat something plain like crackers, dry toast or biscuit or even sweet tea before you get out of bed.
* Try wearing sea bands at night so that your nausea is controlled in the morning.
* Get up slowly in the morning and don't rush things.
* Ginger, peppermint or camomile tea might help.
* Glucose drinks or sweets just when the feeling starts.
* Ginger biscuits, ginger beer may alleviate the condition.
* Still or sparkling mineral water has been found to help.
* Try not to think about nausea.
* Avoid foods whose smell makes you nauseated.
* Eat small and frequent meals.