Are you experiencing morning sickness? How about afternoon / evening / all day sickness? You are absolutely not alone. Many people experience this in the first trimester, and the good news is that for most, it will go away by the beginning of the second trimester.
First off, let's talk symptoms. Nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and sensitivity to smells can all be part of the package deal. Foods you used to enjoy may find you running for the bathroom. But don't worry if you're not experiencing all of these symptoms – each pregnancy is unique, and what you feel is normal for you.
So, what causes morning sickness? Hormones, hormones, hormones! Yep, those pesky hormones are to blame for making you feel like you've just set sail on the Titanic.
Let's get down to the nitty-gritty – how can you manage morning sickness? The key is to listen to your body and try out different remedies until you find what works for you. Here are some tips to get you started:
And finally, this one may surprise you. Sniffing on an antiseptic wipe (like the kind used for first aid or on an airplane), has been shown to help with nausea. In fact, nurses may offer you one to smell if you're feeling nauseous in labor.
So, there you have it, just remember to take it one day at a time and don't be afraid to try out new remedies and to talk to your doctor or midwife if things don't improve.
Emma is a childbirth educator, prenatal birth and postpartum massage therapist, doula and overall pregnancy and childbirth junkie living and working in Seattle WA. She's British too which is where the tea bit come from. In England, if you want to have a chat with your friend about anything really, someone puts the kettle on for a nice cup of tea. It doesn't matter what the topic is, a nice cup of tea relaxes everyone, makes the conversation flow easier and generally makes everyone feel good. So you're invited to brew a cup of your favorite herbal tea, pull up a chair around Emma's kitchen table and let's have a good chat, (or chinwag as we say in the UK), about birthy stuff.