Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting are common during the early stages of pregnancy and are thought to be due to the hormonal changes that occur during early embryonic development when there are increasing levels of oestrogen and human chorionic gonadotrophin. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, light-headedness, and dizziness during the early stages of pregnancy. Women with morning sickness may be particularly sensitive to certain odours and foods. However, eating small amounts of a particular food may relieve their symptoms.

Diet and Lifestyle factors

Symptoms may be reduced by eating little and often. Healthy snacks such as oatmeal biscuits, oatcakes, crispbreads, raisins and sesame seeds can help to keep blood sugar levels stable and are useful if you wake in the night feeling hungry.

Have something to eat before getting out of bed, such as a plain unsweetened biscuit. A cup of peppermint or lime flower tea sprinkled with a little grated ginger can be helpful. Ginger tea can be made by grating a half inch piece of ginger into a mug of boiling water. Leave it to stand for 5 minutes, then strain and drink. Ginger tea bags are also available. Crystallised ginger can be nibbled through the day if nausea persists.

It is important to drink plenty of fluids, preferably water sipping little and often to avoid dehydration. It can be useful to drink fruit smoothies and to add a “greens complex” such as Greens RX, which will provide nutrients. Get up and Go from Bodykind is also useful where fluids are tolerated, but solid food is not.

Acupuncture can significantly reduce symptoms in women with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Wristbands which stimulate acupuncture points on the wrists can also help.

Homoeopathic Remedies which may help. (Refer to the individual remedy for guidance on the one that is most appropriate for you.)

  • Ipecac
  • Nux Vom
  • Pulsatilla
  • Sepia

 


 

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