Sick of Feeling Sick?

Sick of Feeling Sick?

September 2014

Here at Project-B, we’re super happy for The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at their really exciting news, but are sorry to hear that Kate is suffering so badly with morning sickness yet again. In fact, severe morning sickness is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) and requires specialist hospital treatment.

The culprit is a hormone which is created in the blood when you are pregnant called Beta hCG. If you are expecting twins or more, the hormone will be stronger, so you may experience increased symptoms.

For most of us, morning sickness isn’t quite so bad, but it’s true to say that daily nausea and vomiting for weeks on end is not much fun. Affecting over half of pregnant women, the feelings can start from 6 weeks and tend to end around 12 -14 weeks.  Rest assured, it doesn’t harm your baby at all although you should definitely see your GP immediately if you experience the following:

·         Dark coloured urine or you don’t pass urine for 8 hours

·         You are unable to keep fluids down for more than 24 hours

·         You feel weak, dizzy or faint when you stand up

·         You have abdominal pain

·         You have a high temperature (38 degrees centigrade/100.4 degrees Fahrenheit)

If you’re suffering with the usual morning sickness symptoms of nausea and some vomiting, here are a few simple ways to help you cope:

·         Try to rest when you can – tiredness can make symptoms worse

·         Sip water as often as you can

·         Eat small frequent meals which are high in carbohydrates (bread, rice, pasta) and low in fat

·         Avoid sweet and spicy food

·         Try prepare simple meals – or ask you partner to do this for you if possible!

·         Wear comfy clothes – no tight waistbands

·         Get some fresh air whenever you can

·         Try to distract yourself – thinking about feeling sick definitely makes you feel even more sick!

Some people find that eating/drinking ginger can help as a natural remedy, as can acupuncture and Hypnotherapy.

Despite the name ‘morning sickness’ being a con as it is often ‘all day sickness!’, the good news is that is does pass, and it’s not long before you get in to the second trimester when many mums-to-be start to blossom – and even feel super human as your body prepares for this exciting time ahead.

For more information and guidance on morning sickness speak to your midwife. You can also log on to: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/pages/morning-sickness-nausea.aspx