Yuck! There is very little that is worse, when you’re in the middle of experiencing it. Anyone that has had nausea during pregnancy will relate. Lets call it nausea, as we all know too well that it can be afternoon sickness or night sickness, not just ‘morning’ sickness, but yes, generally mornings is most common!
If you have ever had a few too many alcoholic beverages and met with the loo spewing and had a hang over which felt like death was a better option, go back to that time and feeling. Imagine living that 24/7….. just without the fun drinking sesh the night before.
And if you are as lucky as I, and experience nausea (for the whole 9 months) if you vomit that much and your pelvic floor isn’t as strong as it use to be, or your growing uterus has taken the space of your bladder, you will get to wee your pants as well, at the same time. We mums are so talented.
Nausea questions in our Mummy Madness community are very common so below are some quick FAQ.
One of the classic symptoms of pregnancy is morning sickness and/or nausea. It is so common that 80% of women will experience it in some form during their first trimester. The most common symptoms are nausea, loss of appetite and vomiting/retching.
The term ‘morning sickness’ can be a little deceiving as you may experience it at all times of the day, however it is most common at the start of the day. Possible causes include high levels of hormones, blood pressure fluctuations and changes in carbohydrate metabolism.
Whilst morning sickness and nausea are common pregnancy symptoms, many women may not experience it at all. This is quite normal and does not mean that you are any less pregnant than the women who do have it.
Q2. How early in pregnancy can it start?
Morning sickness generally begins around the fourth week of pregnancy, however each pregnancy is different.
MM Members said:
‘I am currently 7 weeks pregnant and started with morning sickness and all day nausea at 3 weeks pregnant.’
‘Mine started around 4 weeks’
‘I was exactly 2 weeks past ovulation and I started to feel sick at work one afternoon. Went home that afternoon and did a test and BAM – big fat positive’
‘Mine started about 3 days before my period was due. It was awful!’
Q3. How do I know if I have Hyperemesis Gravidarum or just MS/N?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) simply means excessive vomiting during pregnancy. It is not common, approximately less than 1% of women will develop HG. If you reach a point where the vomiting is so severe that you cannot keep food or fluids down, then you most likely have HG. You need to seek medical attention. Your health professional may advise, dietary changes, medication, hospital admission and intravenous fluid if you are ill, lose weight and become dehydrated.
If you are able to retain fluids and food, however constantly feel nauseous and retching, then you are most likely suffering from morning sickness.
Q4. What are some remedies/treatments for MS/N?
- Time and patience. For most women it will ease of around 12-14 weeks.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables.
- Avoid strongly flavoured foods. Stick with bland and easy to digest foods.
- Do not force yourself to eat foods for the sake of it. Eat what you feel like as long as it is safe during pregnancy.
- Eat small amounts more frequently.
- Avoid stuffy confines.
- Eat dry crackers before getting out of bed.
- Snack during the night if you need to.
- Drink what you can, water, flat lemonade, ginger beer, ginger tea, cordial, weak tea etc.
- Acupuncture on the wrist or acupressure wrist bands.
MM Members suggest:
‘Try having some protein in the morning. It sometimes helps. I have been sick all through and have a vitamin drink every morning which helps me too.’
‘Try grated green apple – worked beautifully for me both times.’
‘I drank white English breakfast tea and had vegemite on toast twice a day everyday up to 22 weeks, was the only thing that helped the early morning nausea and vomiting. I snacked on dried fruit and almonds during day, they really helped.’
‘Ginger and vitamin B are supposed to help settle your stomach and vit B is also good for energy. Ensure you get plenty of sleep at night as morning sickness usually gets worse the more tired you are. Eat small regular meals and sip on icy water. And don’t forget there’s prescription medication like maxalon and ondansatron (zofran) that you can get from your doctor for bad days or for when you just need a break from the nausea- I find ondansatron works best but is expensive!’
‘I find a banana smoothie worked well for me, I would make it in the morning and just have like mouthfuls whenever I felt horrible. I found if I never got really hungry then I wasn’t too sick but sometimes you can’t avoid it’
‘I was exactly the same! Acupuncture help me! I don’t know how I would have got through! Nothing else helped’
‘Ginger beer!!!! Ginger everything!!!!!’
‘Icey cold water seems to help me a little and oranges’
‘Ginger beer and maxalon tablets’
‘Ginger beer, eating small amounts often, sour lollies, vegemite toast, taking pregnancy vitamins before bed instead of morning.’
‘Snack regularly. Drops in blood sugar can cause the nausea and vomiting.’
‘I smelt peppermint oil on a handkerchief to relieve nausea which helped on my good days but not on my bad and on my bad days not even anti-nausea chemo medication – Zofran wafers, could stop me from puking so I was at hospital every 2 weeks for a drip and maxalon.’
‘I randomly found raisin toast and popcorn really helped…’
‘Quick eze !!!!’
‘Try zofran wafers to get u through the day… U need a prescription from gp or ob. They are expensive but worth it for when u need it.’
‘Elevit morning sickness relief! Its ginger and vitamin b6. They are sooo good. From chemist though.’
‘Cereal or up and go last thing at night and first thing in the morning. Frozen grapes or fruit, hydralyte, I also had ginger travelling tablets. I had severe morning sickness my whole pregnancy and the best thing that helped was just to consume whatever stayed down and keep SOMETHING in your stomach, gets horrible when there is nothing to throw up.’
‘Glass of ice cold water and ready salted crisps worked for me!’
‘Frosty Fruits and Lemonade Icy Poles’
‘Fizzy life savers and the wrist band thingy got me through my pregnancy! The fizz in the lollies counteracts the icky nausea feeling somehow?!’
Q5. How long will it last for?
Every pregnancy is different, therefore it is difficult to determine how long morning sickness may last for you. Generally, the symptoms will ease off around 12-14 weeks as this is when your HCG levels plateau. However for those suffering HG, it may last around 18-20 weeks. If you are one of the unfortunate few, it could last your whole pregnancy.
MM Members said:
‘I’m 18 weeks and still sick’
‘I was sick the entire 9 months with both kids! Looongest time of my life’
‘I was sick from 5 weeks to around the 20 week mark’
‘Unfortunately I had it for both pregnancy’s up till 20weeks.’
‘I was sick for the first 24 weeks’
‘It lasted through the entire pregnancy’