Pregnancy Sickness

Tips to help reduce or even alleviate this unpleasant but common issue

Sinead Samuels

Unfortunately, feeling nauseous and queasy often go hand in hand with pregnancy. Often termed ‘morning sickness’, it’s important to note that the queasiness doesn’t always happen in the morning and can appear at any given time of day and night. 

The dramatic increase in hormones, especially in the first trimester is to blame for this. Unfortunately it can sometimes diminish the excitement you’re feeling of being a parent to be. However, There is an abundance of natural remedies that can help alleviate and ways to cope if you’re experiencing these symptoms. 

So what is ‘morning sickness’? Well It tends to start around 6 weeks gestation when the hormones increase, in particular; human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Typically the sickness peaks at around 12 weeks gestation and then begins to subside. However it’s important to remember every pregnancy is different, with some women experiencing it into the second and third trimester. 

Additional factors that can have a part to play in how severe you may be feeling are: 

  • Multiple pregnancy (twins/triplets) 
  • First pregnancy
  • Sickness in a previous pregnancy 
  • High BMI 
  • Stressful life circumstances can exacerbate the symptoms 
  • History of pregnancy sickness in family members 
  • History of migraines 

Most women do experience some type of nausea feeling when pregnant (8 out of 10 women). The majority of the time it is manageable with certain adaptations that you can implement yourselves, for example: 

  • Ensure you get plenty of rest
  • Try and avoid trigger foods that can be fragrant; even to the non pregnant nose
  • Stock up on plain food, in particular dry crackers, plain toast and try to eat little and often, if at all possible
  • Ginger and peppermint tea can also help digestion 
  • Acupressure wrist bands may also help with the queasy feeling 

If the home remedies aren’t helping at you feel like it’s becoming severe, you may be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. This is a serious form of ‘sickness’ and can feel debilitating. It is vital to assess how you’re feeling and to get in contact with a medical professional if you have any concerns. Remember that we’re here to help you. There are other forms of treatment that can be provided such as ‘anti-emetics’. These are anti sickness medications that can be prescribed by your GP if the natural remedies do not help. 

If you feel like you’re unable to keep food and fluids down, you’re losing weight and have signs of dehydration, please seek medical advice.