Pregnancy nausea and vomiting (more commonly known as ‘morning sickness’) is most common during the first trimester (the first 12 weeks of pregnancy) often peaking at around week 9. Some mums find that their morning sickness subsides after about week 13-15, others find that their morning sickness continues all the way throughout the pregnancy. In some cases the pregnancy nausea and vomiting tails off by about week 15 but then comes back towards the end of the pregnancy. It is especially common during twin pregnancy as it is thought to be linked to HCG levels which tend to be higher if you are pregnant with twins. That said, not all mums pregnant with twins will suffer from morning sickness, so if you’ve just found out you’re pregnant with twins, don’t worry morning sickness might not affect you!
Despite it being called morning sickness, some people find that they are sick morning, noon and night. I’m mentioning this not to alarm you just to pre-warn you that this may happen so you don’t feel so scared if it does happen.
Feel sick? Have a snack!
Morning sickness is a very strange phenomena. Bizarrely it seems to be worse when you’re hungry or you have low blood sugar and the last thing most people fancy doing when they’re feeling very nauseous and possibly vomiting is to eat anything. However this is one of the best things to help it. If you feel yourself starting to feel nauseous have a snack and something to drink and see if it settles. Carbohydrate rich foods seem to be helpful, especially dry crackers, cereal bars, cereal, sandwiches and bananas. It is useful to keep snacks in your handbag and in your bedside table drawer.
Before you get up
Have a banana or some toast (brought to you by your partner) before you get up. If your partner works shifts and isn’t available when you wake up, have a light snack from your bedside table drawer instead.
It’s not all doom and gloom though, there are things that seem to help a little bit.
- Always having a carbohydrate based snack to hand (see above)
- Never allowing yourself to be totally hungry
- Drinking plenty of water, if you’re feeling very nauseous sipping cooled boiled water may help.
- Avoiding caffeine, alcohol, greasy foods, spicy foods, and any trigger foods (for me it was garlic, I couldn’t bear the smell of garlic when I was pregnant!)
- Ginger is good for morning sickness, you can get ginger and lemon tea, ginger biscuits, or eat ginger cake.
- Some people find accupressure bands (for motion sickness) can help, but chat to your pharmacist about these before you use them.
What if you have severe morning sickness and can’t keep anything down?
If you find that you cannot keep anything down or are being sick multiple times a day you may have a condition known as hyperemisis gravidarum (extreme morning sickness). It is important that you get medical help, as you may need to go on a drip. You can read more about Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) by clicking here
Over to you..!
How long did you suffer from morning sickness? What worked for you? Or were you one of the lucky ones who was hardly sick during your twin pregnancy? Please leave a comment in the comments box below. Look forward to hearing from you soon 🙂
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