Morning sickness: What is it and how can I deal with it?

A woman with morning sickness

Did you know? More than 50 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness typically occurs in the first trimester (0-3 months) of your pregnancy when you may not even be showing yet.

You may be wondering, what is morning sickness actually and how can I help the nausea?

What is morning sickness?

Morning sickness, is your body feeling nauseated. Although it’s called “morning sickness,” the nausea can happen at any time of the day or night. It usually starts between weeks four and six and decreases dramatically after weeks 13 and 14.

It is thought that a hormone produced by the placenta and the increased level of estrogen causes the nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Low blood glucose, an empty stomach and an increased sensitivity to odors can make it worse.

Tips for dealing with morning sickness

There are many different ways to try and deal with morning sickness and nausea, however these are our expert’s best tips:

Eating tips

  • Eat rice cakes, saltines or dry toast before you get out of bed.
  • Eat small amounts of food often. Do not overeat.
  • Eat a small snack before returning to bed if you get up during the night.
  • Eat what sounds good to you.
  • Try to eat small amounts of proteins such as cheese sticks or peanut butter with crackers.

Drinking tips

  • Avoid drinking liquids with meals. Sip liquids between snacks and meals.
  • Try drinking teas or cold beverages made with fresh ginger or peppermint. Ginger gum and mints, or ginger aromatherapy can also be helpful.\

Additional tips

  • Get up slowly, especially when getting out of bed or after sitting for a long time.
  • Try wearing acupressure wristbands, which are designed to stop seasickness.
  • Ask your health care provider about taking a vitamin B6 supplement.

 

If you have questions about your pregnancy and health care during this time, please talk directly with your pregnancy care provider and clinic.