Eurgh – I really had no idea how ill I would feel during my pregnancy. I had heard of morning sickness but everything I’d read previously was nowhere near enough to prepare me for what was to come!
Not everyone gets morning sickness so if you’re not pregnant yet, no need to start panicking. Also, some people get it more severely than others. Personally, I found that my sickness had two stages – for about 6 weeks or so I had severe morning sickness. I managed to keep just enough sugary drinks and ice lollies down to prevent myself being hospitalised due to dehydration but I don’t think I was far off.
For the rest of the first trimester I had milder sickness – still feeling very nauseous and being sick a few times a day but I gradually began to feel more normal in-between those sickness bouts.
Now, at 16 weeks I still feel sick but it’s definitely getting better. I’m sick a few times a week when I get too tired or hungry and I often have mild nausea. I am mostly able to carry on with normal life though. However, I still don’t feel like I have my appetite back and the thought of many foods still makes me feel sick. Cooking is still off the cards as well 🙁 *sob*
Here’s what I found helped….
Severe Morning Sickness
If you’re being sick multiple times a day and feel unable to keep much food or drink down visit your doctor. They will test your urine for ketones to check if you are dehydrated. Treatments might include hospitalisation for rehydration or anti-sickness medication.
If you’re really, really sick I would advise telling your work (possibly earlier than you had planned) and taking some time off. There are protections in place for pregnant people so you cannot be punished for taking sick leave if you need it. Although unfortunately loss of pay isn’t part of those protections.
If you do have to go to work, plan ahead. Carry a ‘sick bag’ with you at all times and find yourself a private loo. Make sure you have lots of food and drink with you – you never know what you might be able to stomach on any given day.
Mornings are hard so try keeping a drink and dry biscuit or cracker next to your bed along with a sick bowl in case you feel too dizzy to get to the loo.
Evenings are also hard as tiredness and hunger made the sickness so much worse – early nights are essential!
Try planning ahead with meals and having things in the freezer that are healthy and quick to heat up. If you can’t stomach food, try smoothies, home made ice lollies or fruit – anything at all you feel able to manage. You’ll probably find that you are unable to cook so before the sickness kicks in I would make ahead lots and lots of healthy, simple meals you can freeze like soups and stews. all the better if you have someone around to help you.
Morning Sickness Tips
- Sleep lots
- Eat as often as you can and learn which foods help and which hinder
- Try sniffing fresh scents or alcohol wipes
- Try ‘sickness’ hypnotherapy (YouTube)
- Carry lots of food with you at all times – being caught short can make you feel so much worse
- If you can, have someone else cook for you or prepare as many meals as possible beforehand
- Use essential oils on a hanky or scarf to cover triggering smells
- Eat what you fancy, not what you think you should
- Make sure you are taking your pre-natal (unfortunately this does often trigger sickness) so try taking just before bed or finding a gummy version
- Try upping your B vitamins