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Pregnancy is like a beauty makeover, and with all the elation and excitement it brings, it’s certainly not a bed of roses. An estimated 3 in 4 women suffer from queasy, nauseous feelings in the first trimester of pregnancy. Though the intensity and duration of morning sickness varies between individuals, the general consensus is that it kicks in between 4 – 7 weeks and the symptoms peak between 9 – 12 weeks. During this time, pregnant women become more sensitive to smells, and may develop a strong aversion to certain foods. Valerie Lee commented “ I had severe bouts of morning sickness and cramps in my first trimester. Feeling queasy round the clock,  I could not stand the smells of foods  and perfumes, even thinking of certain food makes me nauseous. Puking several times a day was certainly not fun. “


Good news though; morning sickness tends to be after 12 – 14 weeks, though some women still experience symptoms in the second trimester. The cause of morning sickness remains a mystery, but there are several theories on the culprits. Pregnancy brings about changing levels of estrogen and progesterone that affect the digestive muscles, reducing their efficiency. Also, the production of pregnancy hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) is believed by doctors to be connected to morning sickness.


Morning sickness is more common in first pregnancies, and could be due to both physical and emotional reasons, such as fluctuating hormone levels, emotions, and fear/anxiety. Here are several ways that pregnant mums can minimize the effects of morning sickness.


How to Cope with Morning Sickness

Eat Small, Frequent Meals

Studies have indicated that morning sickness may be linked to a higher intake of sugars, sweeteners, alcohol, caffeine and meat. If your stomach is empty, your stomach acids have nothing to work on, and could exacerbate feelings of nausea. On the other hand, overeating will tax your digestive system, and could cause indigestion. As a result, it’ll be helpful to eat small, frequent meals instead of three large meals, and with a focus on healthier food. Keep your tummy moderately full throughout the day to fight off the feelings of morning sickness, and keep your energy levels consistent throughout the day. “I visited the loo a couple of time a day. With very little appetite, I still encouraged myself to nibble and graze to ensure my baby get adequate nutrients. I kept a stash of fruits, biscuits, crackers on my bedside so it would be easy for me to grab at my convenience.", says Annie Ang, a first-time mother in her 20s.


Try Cold Foods

When you’ve morning sickness, certain food odors may become unbearable, and seem to worsen the feeling of nausea. Cold food typically emanates a gentler smell, and that can be the difference between whether the food stays down or not. It’s good to stick to healthy foods which you find appealing for now, at least until the feelings of nausea pass in the second trimester. Avoid foods that you’ve known by experience to trigger feelings of nausea.


Try some home remedies

Dehydration worsens the feelings of nausea, so make sure to drink lots of water! Avoid caffeinated and soft drinks, which can cause dehydration. Some moms recommend adding a slice of lemon into the water to help with nausea, so go ahead and give it a shot. Sucking ice cubes is also another home remedy that works for some, while at the same time helping with hydration.

You can try treating yourself to ginger and honey lemon juice. Research indicates that ginger can help to relieve feelings of nausea; grate root ginger and add some shreds into warm water, soups, or even your cereal. Alternatively, you could snack on ginger bread or crystallized ginger candy to help you beat the queasiness. Stay-at-home mum, Carmen Lim, comments: “A sip of ginger tea was comforting. I tried to rest as much as possible as too much physical activity caused me to feel nauseous”.


Exercise and Sleep well

Being too tired can aggravate pregnancy sickness, so if you’re feeling fatigued, take a quick nap to replenish your energy. If you’re busy working, tote some earplugs and a sleep mask to get some shut-eye. Try out stress-reducing activities such as meditation and prenatal yoga, and try to clock in at least 7 – 8 hours of sleep daily. Morning sickness tends to peak during the 9th to 12th week of pregnancy, so if necessary, take some time off your work schedule to recuperate.


Of course, there are professional medicines that are available to treat morning sickness, so if you’re suffering from a particularly bad episode of nausea, a healthcare professional would be able to help.

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