Morning sickness (NVP)  

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is an unwelcome but perfectly normal part of being pregnant. A midwife describes the symptoms and how you can relieve them, while a group of mothers share their experiences.

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Transcript of Morning sickness (NVP)

Morning sickness is a normal minor disorder of pregnancy.

It happens to over half of the population

and it can either be vomiting and nausea

or it can just be nausea by itself.

I never actually vomited but I used to feel sick.

Morning sickness normally starts after about six weeks from your last period,

that's the normal rough guideline, up until a good 16 weeks of pregnancy.

It was really, really horrible.

Some mornings it was coming out through the nose as well. Quite frightening.

Most people worry that morning sickness can harm the baby or cause problems.

That's actually not true.

Most pregnant people who have morning sickness,

their babies are fine and there are no problems whatsoever.

Smells would revolt me.

I was living with in-laws

and curries would be cooked first thing in the morning,

so that would set me up for the rest of the day.

If somebody got on who was eating something or they had BO, I'd be...

If people have morning sickness, what they can do

is change their diet slightly,

so eat more starch-like foods, more carbohydrates, low in fat.

I just found eating lots of carbs really helped,

avoiding milky things, so that worked for me.

Just knowing to avoid a lot of greasy and heavy breakfasts

and just trying to eat dry foods, a piece of toast with no butter.

There is a huge range of morning sickness,

from your normal waking up, nausea, not necessarily vomiting,

to somebody who vomits throughout the day,

who might need a little bit of extra help from the GP,

to somebody with hyperemesis, which is extreme morning sickness

where a woman is unable to keep down any fluids or any foods at all.

The second time round I had an absolute nightmare with the morning sickness.

It pretty much lasted for the first six months.

Treatment for hyperemesis,

you should see your GP or your midwife who you go and see normally,

but obviously hospitalisation,

so you'll need an IV line and some IV fluids to keep you hydrated

because you will lose a lot of hydration through vomiting.

And also anti-emetics, we call them, so anti-sickness tablets

to try and stabilise the sickness so you are able to take foods in.

I really was worried about the baby because of how much weight I lost

but I had a couple of scans and they reassured me that everything was fine,

the baby was growing fine.

Try and have a balanced diet as much as possible.

Try and drink a lot of fluids so you don't become dehydrated.

Do try the natural remedies like ginger and peppermint tea.

But if it persists throughout the pregnancy,

please see a GP to try and get a little bit of extra help.

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