Morning sickness is a common symptom of early pregnancy and in many cases, goes away by the end of the first trimester. It is caused in part by changes in hormones during pregnancy and may make eating difficult.
Although it is called ‘morning sickness’, nausea can happen at any time of the day.
Morning sickness does not usually cause any problems for the unborn baby. However, if a pregnant woman experiences severe ongoing vomiting, she should see a doctor.
Please have a look at some food and eating suggestions that may help manage symptoms of morning sickness.
- Eat smaller meals more often. Missing meals can make nausea worse.
- Avoid large drinks. Have frequent small drinks between meals.
- Cut down on fatty, fried or spicy food.
- Try eating a dry biscuit before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Eat a healthy snack before you go to sleep at night. This might include fruit or yoghurt.
- Avoid foods if their taste, smell or appearance makes you feel sick.
If you vomit, it is important to not become dehydrated. It may be easier to have lots of small drinks rather than drinking a large amount in one go and Hydralyte drinks/ice blocks (or similar products) may be easier to manage.
Please be mindful that the stomach acids in vomiting can soften tooth enamel. It is best not to use a toothbrush to clean the teeth straight after vomiting as this may damage them. Have a drink of water to rinse your mouth.
If the nausea is affecting your life or your diet a lot there are several medications you can take to help- you should discuss this with your doctor. There are also some suggestions regarding nausea management:
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