Up to 75 per cent of pregnant women have nausea, but just 2 per cent suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum, a rare complication in which extreme, persistent nausea and vomiting occur. Otherwise, morning sickness usually indicates a healthy pregnancy.
Studies show that the longer pregnant women had nausea and vomiting, the lower their risk of miscarriage was – especially in older women. It is also linked with a lower risk of breast cancer and improved neurodevelopment in the child.
The fix For mild to moderate morning sickness, try eating smaller meals more frequently (skipping meals can actually worsen nausea), snacking on bland foods and eating ginger.
Also try to rehydrate your body by sipping a can or two of isotonic drinks, suggests Sarah Sinaram, dietetics manager at Mount Alvernia Hospital.
It’s serious if you can’t keep any food or fluids down. Sip a teaspoon of water, wait 15 minutes and see if the vomiting stops.
If you’re past the first trimester and still suffering from nausea or vomiting, you should definitely talk to your doctor.
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