Morning sickness is a common symptom many women experience during the first trimester (12 weeks) of pregnancy

It does however usually last only till around the 13th or 14th week of pregnancy. Scientists are not certain why some women experience morning sickness and others not. But folklores regarding the meaning of morning sickness and predictions based on whether or not someone experiences morning sickness abound.

If nausea prevents a pregnant woman from gaining weight or following a balanced diet, it is important to bring this to the attending doctor’s attention to allow him/her to monitor the unborn baby accordingly. If vomiting occurs to such an extent that nothing stays in, then this should also be discussed with the attending doctor.

Supplemental feeding (with special dietary supplements) may be a route to follow if severe nausea is in the way of optimum nutrition.

Tips to try out when morning sickness makes life miserable.
1.Small but frequent dry meals e.g. crackers – Ryvita or Finn Crisp crackers are wholesome choices
2.Eat something like dry biscuits before getting up in the morning whilst still in bed – this can help to settle the stomach
3.Have liquids between meals when they seem to be better tolerated
4.Cold foods such as sliced fruit and fruit juice with yoghurt is usually well tolerated
5.Avoid fatty and fried foods
6.Eat well when feeling well, even if it means eating a main meal for breakfast – both mom and baby need the nutrients
7.Avoid odours that trigger nausea
8.Try ginger tea. Ginger is a trusted natural ‘anti-nausea’ remedy.
Better Eat Recipe for Ginger Tea

A 5 cm thumb-sized piece of ginger sliced and steeped in about 2 cups of boiling water for about 5 minutes. Enjoy hot or cold.

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