Research shows that 25% of women suffering from morning sickness at the beginning of their pregnancy can also feel nauseous throughout their entire journey.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, also known as morning sickness, is extremely common in the early stages. However, if you're one of the ones who eventually overcomes this brief, unpleasant period, it turns out you are one of the lucky ones.
My Expert Midwife and Baby Doc carried out research earlier this year on over 1,000 new and expectant mothers across Ireland, with the aim to see how morning sickness affects Irish mothers. Surprisingly, many expectant mothers can carry the side effect all throughout their entire pregnancy journeys.
The research shows that morning sickness is relatively common, with 59% of Irish women experiencing some form of it. After 12/16 weeks, this tends to go away for many. However, it has been reported that 25% of women who suffer from morning sickness actually felt nauseous throughout their 40-week excursion.
But what can you do to help cope with these moments? My Expert Midwife has provided some tips and advice for mums-to-be which should do the trick:
- My Expert Midwife has launched their new 'Sick Of It!' range, which are products designed to help pregnant women manage symptoms of nausea. The range can be found in a spritz, a rollerball, or some soothing ginger melts.
- Eating little and often is another trick you can do. Both an empty stomach AND a full one can make your sickness worse. Therefore, keep your appetite set to "grazing" throughout the day.
- Eating rye bread, rice/corn/lentil cakes, sugar-free cereal bars and nuts are the best dry foods you can eat. Be careful not to eat too much bread, pasta and biscuits, as they can actually increase bloating, worsen constipation and make you feel worse.
- The old reliable peppermint tea is great for helping you digest and it also reduces cramping. Why not try using peppermint essential oil for a soothing effect, relaxing the gastric muscles too.
- The combination of ginger and lemon is also known to be an effective natural remedy for relieving nausea. Be creative and make your own combinations with delicious food recipes or hot and cold drinks.
- Tiredness and lack of sleep can make nausea feel worse, so rest as much as you need and can. Always listen to your body.
- Finally, if you can predict when you may feel nauseous, eating something bland just before could help stave off those feelings.
My Expert Midwife is the bestselling brand for mums. It was founded in 2017 by midwife and mum duo Lesley Gilchrist and Claire Charlton. Check out their website (here) for more information on 'Sick Of It!'.