Who ever decided to call it morning sickness clearly was never pregnant. For most women nausea (and vomiting) starts between 6- 7 weeks pregnant peaking between weeks 9 – 10.. It can have many personalities, it can be a low grade grossness with a loss of appetite, it can be sensitive to smells and food and cause frequent false alarms, or it can be full on vomiting to the point of dehydration. Although it is a reminder of what lies deep within your belly, it is unpleasant to say the least.
There are 4 main reasons why nausea and vomiting occur during pregnancy.
1) Your body is responding to the increased hormones levels
2) Blood sugars fluctuate
3) Your body is deficient in B vitamins and zinc
4) There is a psychological component to it, the more you think about it the more sick you feel.
What can you do to ease nausea and vomiting
1) Eat foods rich in B vitamins and Zinc – chick peas, seeds, hazelnuts, milk yogurt white fish, green leafy vegetables, poultry and lean meats
2) Take a B complex supplement
3) Eat small and regular meals to diminish blood sugar fluctuations
4) Practice yoga and meditation to relax the diaphragm and ease tension
5) Make a big cup of ginger tea, drink it in small sips throughout the day. If this doesn’t help try peppermint tea.
6) Acupuncture treatments 1- 2 times per week.
Nausea and Vomiting during pregnancy usually passes by week 14, which is then followed by a renewed sense of well being.