If you suffer (and let’s, be honest most of you will as a massive 8 out of 10 of us will experience morning sickness of some form) it can be pretty tough. Even the name morning sickness doesn’t do it justice as you may have noticed mum, this sickness is not restricted to the morning shift but can leave you feeling pretty rough most of the day. The good news is it doesn’t last for most of us and as you enter the second trimester you will hopefully be leaving this symptom behind. But what is morning sickness? Well, no one is exactly sure what causes it, but our hormones are the most likely culprits.
There aren’t any quick fixes but no doubt every friend or relative who has ever suffered will be offering their sworn by remedies which could be anything from the more conventional ginger biscuits and peppermint tea to the weird and wonderful like gherkins in cola!!! When you are experiencing morning sickness it can leave you feeling absolutely awful and just getting through the day is like running a marathon, add to that the exhaustion of growing a baby and every smell has you running for the bathroom and you will be wondering what you have done… hang in there mum, it does get easier. Our advice, like you need any more, sleep as often as you can, try eating something before you get out of bed in the morning and be kind to yourself, what you are doing is amazing. Hyperemesis Gravidarum While morning sickness is pretty horrendous, hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a lot worse and unlike morning sickness, it does not disappear around the 16-20 week mark. If you are struggling to keep anything down, experiencing severe nausea and vomiting, losing weight and dehydrated then it is time to speak to your midwife or doctor. You may remember Kate Middleton suffered with HG during all three of her pregnancies, so you are in good company if you do have it, but it does affect only a small number of expectant mums. There are treatments available including anti-sickness tablets but if these don’t help then you may need to be treated in hospital.