Morning sickness can be a challenging experience for mums-to-be who have to get through their daily activities despite feeling nauseous or even throwing up several times a day. However, by learning more about this common pregnancy occurrence including its triggers, you may effectively manage morning sickness and help to minimise disruption to your usual routines. Let’s take a closer look at morning sickness and how you can take it all in great stride.
Symptoms of morning sickness
The most common signs and symptoms of morning sickness are nausea (which can be of varying intensity) and/or vomiting. Typically, morning sickness is at its peak early in the day. It may be triggered by certain odors, foods, heat, excess salivation, or, oftentimes, no triggers at all. Symptoms usually ease for many mums-to-be by the middle of the second trimester.
Morning sickness is experienced by most pregnant women and does not put the baby at any risk.1 However, if you feel that the symptoms are harder to bear than usual, it’s crucial that you follow the advice of your healthcare provider to remain healthy during your pregnancy and avoid developing health issues like dehydration and/or malnutrition.
Risk factors for morning sickness
While morning sickness is commonly experienced in pregnancy, some women could have certain risk factors that could make them more susceptible to it. This includes3:
Managing and reducing morning sickness
There is no cure for the feeling of nausea in pregnancy, neither can you prevent it. However, you may ease your symptoms by making some changes to your lifestyle and diet, and here are some approaches you can try.3
If nausea or vomiting is causing significant discomfort, consult your doctor to seek immediate medical attention. Other signs you need to see a doctor include: very dark urine or you have not urinated in more than eight hours; you feel dizzy when you stand up or feel very weak; have a fever; cannot keep any food or drink down for 24 hours, or you’re vomiting blood.
Understanding morning sickness and putting these useful tips into motion can help make your pregnancy journey smooth and memorable.
1 Mayo Clinic. Morning Sickness. Accessed on 16th March 2022 fromhttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/morning-sickness/symptoms-causes/syc-20375254#:~:text=Morning%20sickness%20is%20nausea%20and,have%20morning%20sickness%20throughout%20pregnancy.
2 Safer Care Victoria. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) – assessment and management. Accessed on 16th March 2022 fromhttps://www.bettersafercare.vic.gov.au/clinical-guidance/maternity/hyperemesis-gravidarum-hg-assessment-and-management#:~:text=Hyperemesis%20gravidarum%20(HG)%20is%20a,such%20as%20low%20birth%20weight
3NHS. Vomiting and morning sickness. Accessed on 16th March 2021 fromhttps://www.nhs.uk/pregnancy/related-conditions/common-symptoms/vomiting-and-morning-sickness/