Tips on coping with morning sickness

Congratulations! You are pregnant. But you are sick. So very sick. Here are our top ten tips on coping with ‘morning sickness’

Rest – easier said than done, particularly if you have a child already but rest will help more than anything else. Ask for help, get some support and prioritise your and your baby’s health by resting as much as you need to.

Biscuits in bed – When you go to bed each night take up with you a glass of water and some dry food suck as crackers or biscuits. The dry food will help to settle your tummy and water will rehydrate you.

Sickness bands– These wrist bands work by applying pressure to the Nei-Kuan acupressure point, acupressure is the application of pressure to acupuncture points on the body. A band is the preferred method when the pressure needs to be constant over an extended period of time, as is the case with morning sickness. Please bear in mind that results vary from person to person.

Stay hydrated – staying hydrated can help to keep nausea at bay. The best way of staying hydrated is to drink water, little and often throughout the day.

Fizzy drink – some people find fizzy drink helps. You will have to work out what works for you with this one. Some prefer to leave it to go flat whilst others find drinks with ginger in them help. If you do find yourself drinking carbonated drinks, keep an eye on your caffeine intake. You should have a maximum of 200mg of caffeine a day.

Eat your way through it – You may find this difficult but eating fruit and proteins such as peanut butter and turkey sandwiches. This won’t prevent the nausea, but it won’t make you feel any worse and will definitely help with your energy levels during the sickness period and after.

Webmd, NHS