Early Pregnancy Symptoms - Nausea/ Vomiting
Nausea and vomiting, otherwise known as Morning Sickness, can occur very early on in pregnancy, sometimes even before you realise that you are pregnant. Many women in the very early stages of pregnancy think they may have a touch of food poisoning or are coming down with a cold!
Although somewhat erroneously called morning sickness, the nausea accompanying early pregnancy can occur at any time and can come in bouts or last all day and night! Eating little and often can sometimes help relieve it and you might find that dry crackers or minty sweets are also very effective at keeping it at bay. Avoiding strongly flavoured or scented food and drink can also help relieve the sickness.
Pregnancy nausea often gets worse when you are hungry so it can be useful to keep some snack food with you at all times. Many women find that they produce more saliva than normal which can sometimes makes the feelings of nausea worse. The gag reflex is often easily triggered and even a simple act like brushing your teeth can leave you feeling dreadful.
If you find the feelings of sickness very severe, try to get more rest as exhaustion can exacerbate it. If nothing you eat or drink stays down, see your doctor immediately as you may be suffering from hyperemesis and you may need hospital treatment to ensure you don't get dehydrated.