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How To Get Rid Of Your Pregnancy Woes

Everyone has heard of morning sickness but fewer know it as ‘all day’ sickness unless they have had it, or are aware of just how uncomfortable constipation can be, or suffered from heartburn… we are really selling pregnancy here, aren’t we?

Luckily, there is a lot you can do to relieve some of the woes of pregnancy, leaving you more energy and enthusiasm for your new little bundle of joy. Consultant dietitian Sarah Keogh’s tips and tricks could help to reduce some of your ailments.

Morning (Or All Day) Sickness

Whether this is your first pregnancy or if you are an old hand, problems like morning sickness can really take it out of you. There is no 'cure' for morning sickness (sadly) but there are quite a few things that you – and the people around you – can do to help.

READ MORE: Helpful Dos And Don'ts For When You're Pregnant

Why do we get morning sickness? No one is really sure, but it is largely due to the huge changes in your body in the first days and months of pregnancy, as you get ready to nourish and grow a new person. Lots of things can trigger morning sickness and below are some tips to help you cope:

  • Avoid hunger: Hunger is a major trigger for morning sickness. Many women find that if they are feeling sick the best cure is to actually eat something. The best thing to do is to avoid getting hungry in the first place by having regular meals and snacking on crackers in between.
  • Eat Before you get up: Keep dry crackers beside your bed and eat one before you even lift your head off the pillow.
  • Snack: Snack every two hours in between meals. Keep it simple with something like a dry cracker or plain biscuit.
  • Avoid strong smells: Strong smells are a trigger for morning sickness so choose cold foods like salads and sandwiches as they have less of a smell than hot foods. Also stop wearing perfume and buy a fragrance-free deodorant. Ask the people close to you to do the same.
  • Use less toothpaste: Use a pea-sized amount and mash it into your toothbrush before you put it in your mouth – the texture of toothpaste triggers vomiting in a lot of women.
  • Drink: It is easy to get dehydrated if you are feeling too sick to drink or you have had a lot of vomiting. Surprisingly, lots of women find plain water hard to drink at this time. Try sparkling water or mix water with a lemon and lime drink or well-diluted cordial. Check how often you pee and remember it should be fairly light-coloured to clear. If it is dark or you are only going once or twice a day, then you need to drink more.
  • Rest: Morning sickness is strongly linked with being tired so get as much rest and sleep as you can. If something is not essential, then skip it.

READ MORE: Natural Ways To Ease Your Pregnancy Discomfort

Constipation

This can go from being a mild inconvenience to a severe problem. It is common in the early days when morning sickness can mean that you don’t eat any fibre (or anything at all…). Later in pregnancy constipation is due to the relaxation of your muscles as your body gets you ready to give birth.

What to do? Eat fibre. This is easy in the later stages of pregnancy when your appetite is really good. Go for wholegrain bread and cereals and make sure you are getting your five (or even seven) a day from fruit and vegetables. Fruit in particular is useful in helping you to go. Beans are very rich in fibre so go for bean salads and add beans and lentils to soups and stews. If you are really stuck (pardon the pun) then two bowls of All Bran Original (i.e. the sticks) everyday will help you out. Just remember to drink lots of water to help the fibre to work.

READ MORE: Why Does Pregnancy Make You Tired?

If you have morning sickness and can’t eat a lot of fibre try dry wholegrain toast, bananas and sunflower seeds. These all have a mild taste and are good sources of fibre. Baked potato eaten with the skin is good for settling a sick tummy and is another place to pick up fibre. If you can manage yoghurt then add some ground flaxseeds or linseeds. If all else fails, talk to your pharmacist who will be able to advise you on some suitable over-the-counter products that can help.

Heartburn

Most women experience heartburn, which can be mild or severe. There is not a lot you can do, which is why so many women spend the last months of pregnancy with their hand around a bottle of Gaviscon. You can help by not filling your stomach when you eat. If you leave some room for your stomach to break down your food, then you are less likely to have heart-burn. If it is worse at night, try lying on your left side as this helps to ‘close off’ your stomach and reduces the amount of acid escaping. Do talk to your GP if it gets bad – there are some remedies suitable for pregnancy.

Weight Gain

This is the terror of many women as they think they have to be a blimp for the whole pregnancy and then spend months (or years) trying to get back in shape. Once you are past the phase of morning sickness, the tips below to help keep weight in hand:

  • Try to stick to your normal healthy eating – and if you are not normally a healthy eater, think about making some changes that will help you and your baby.
  • Always have breakfast, lunch and dinner but stop eating as soon as you start to feel full – don’t force yourself to clear your plate.
  • Trust your appetite in between meals: If you are hungry have a snack, but if you don’t feel hungry, then don’t.
  • Eat high fibre foods: Not only will they help with constipation, but they are lower in calories and have a low GI. Low GI foods are known to help women gain only the weight they need during pregnancy – and not over-shoot!

What do you do to beat the pregnancy woes? Tell us in the comments below.


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Aisling Reape
I haven't had a great start it been awful bad morning all day sickness suffer with hypermisis been in hospital twice and only 13 weeks I'm just about functioning any tips welcome please
07/08/2018 18:09:20

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Sada Earlene
No to morning sickness tea saved my sanity. After trying literally EVERYTHING for my morning sickness and nothing working, I figured what was the harm in trying this. It worked so well! Cup of this tea with a piece of toast in the morning has done wonders for me !!
05/08/2018 21:14:31

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