Morning Sickness

Morning sickness

Morning Sickness refers to the nausea that most women experience during the early months of pregnancy. It usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and lasts throughout the first trimester. Nausea is triggered by the sudden increase of pregnancy hormones in your body, and many doctors also believe it is a good sign as it means that the placenta is developing well.

Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby. But if you experience excessive vomiting and cannot keep your food down – for many days in a row, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum. This could be harmful to you and your baby if severe and left untreated, as it could lead to lack of nutrients and electrolyte imbalance.

Contrary to popular perception, nausea and food aversion could strike at any time or throughout the day – and not just in the morning. Though there is no total remedy for morning sickness, there are many things that you can do to manage it:

Wake up relaxed: 
Sit up slowly with a support to your back. Jumping out of bed with sudden movements has been found to increase the queasiness.

Nibble on a Few Dry Biscuits:
Have this first thing in the morning and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting out of bed.

Avoid Cooking Soon After You Get Up

The smells from the kitchen may aggravate your nausea further.

Eat Small, Frequent Meals
An empty stomach can increase nausea. Eat foods high in protein or carbohydrates, as both can help fight nausea.

Try Vitamin B6
Some Doctors suggest taking 50mg of vitamin B6 twice a day, which has known to help. But do check with your doctor before taking it.

Avoid Iron Supplements Unless you are Anemic
Iron supplements can be hard on your digestive system. Or, you could try different brands as some may suit you better than others.

Avoid Rich, Spicy, Acidic or Fried Foods, and Eat Less Fat in General.
Limit your intake of spicy pickles, chaat, paani puri etc. especially in the hot summer months.

Keep Snacks Handy
Try eating small amounts of bland food throughout the day. Good choices include dry biscuits, yogurt (high in B vitamins, which can decrease nausea), or anything else you can tolerate.

Try Lemon or Ginger
The smell of a cut lemon could help relieve nausea. Add some slices to iced tea or sparkling water. Ginger ale or ginger tea could also help as ginger is known to settle stomachs and help queasiness.

Acupressure Bands could help
Created to fight seasickness, these have also helped many pregnant women through morning sickness. You can find them at chemists and health food shops.

Have Bananas for Breakfast
Bananas are rich in potassium and are known to help quell nausea.

Wear Comfortable, Loose Clothes
Tight clothes that are restrictive around the waist may worsen the feeling of nausea.

Freshen Up
Spray a few drops of peppermint oil on your handkerchief and sniff at it now and then. It helps relieve nausea and also boosts sagging energy levels.


Increased sensitivity to smell is also a part of morning sickness. You could be feeling repulsed by the very smells you once liked – like perfumes, deodorants and even spicy food. To tackle this problem, you can

  • Carry a handkerchief with a few drops of non-nausea causing essential oil (like lemon, for example) and breathe through it if you can’t get away from the smell that’s bothering you.
  • Open windows or turn on the exhaust fans while cooking or after meals.
  • Cooking in the microwave produces less odour.
  • Dealing with Food Aversion

  • Do not skip meals if you can help it.
  • Eating something salty before a meal can help you “make it through” a meal.
  • Avoid spicy and fried food – eating and smelling it can increase your nausea.
  • Eat what you want, when you want it. Your cravings will not lead you the wrong way.
  • Drink small amounts of fluids regularly throughout the day to avoid dehydration.
  • Have frequent protein snacks – low-fat meat, seafood, nuts, eggs and beans are high in protein).
  • Do not drink fluids with your meal.
  • Non-caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger can calm nausea.
  • Cold food may have less nausea inducing smells associated with it.
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