I have never once wondered if I should have had that baby.
You’ve probably already heard that everyone’s favorite royal, the Duchess of Cambridge, is expecting her second child. The Duchess revealed the happy news yesterday, after she pulled out of an event at Oxford University due to her acute morning sickness.
If you followed Kate’s first pregnancy, you may know she is no stranger to morning sickness. You may not know that this “morning sickness” is actually a rare but severe condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG).
HG is thought to be a genetic illness, suffered by approximately three per cent of pregnant women. It causes constant vomiting during pregnancy and leads to dehydration, weight loss and a build up toxins in the blood and urine. Understandably, what is supposed to be one of the happiest experiences of motherhood, turns into months of physical torture.
Aussie mum of two and HG sufferer, Kirsty, will testify to that:
“It’s like a time warp, a parallel universe – time is going so slow. For me, it was weeks of permanent gastro. I vomited continuously – I couldn’t keep anything down,” she explains of her experience.
Kirsty describes the condition as a nightmare. While she forced herself to eat, keeping down liquids was near impossible. (Some women with HG struggle to swallow their own saliva without vomiting!) The constant loss of fluids and nutrients, meant Kirsty visited the hospital every week, often staying overnight or for up to three days.
However, despite not being able to drive a car or leave the house, Kirsty counts herself lucky. Unlike other sufferers of HG – whose symptoms can last for the entire pregnancy – Kirsty only endured 15 weeks of severe vomiting and gastro during each of her pregnancies.
Sadly, treatments for HG are few. Most medications aren’t recommended for pregnant women, therefore a healthy diet, vitamin supplements, and a good support system are often the best you can do. Some people suggest acupuncture or hypnosis, although neither of these techniques have proven results.
Like Kate, Kirsty went through hyperemesis through two pregnancies. Fortunately, both her children – like Prince George – were healthy, happy babies.
“There is light at the end of the tunnel. (Hyperemesis gravidarum) didn’t stop me from having a second child – and it obviously hasn’t stopped the Duchess either! It’s all worth it in the end,” says Kirsty.
Kate is allegedly eight weeks into her pregnancy. Our best wishes are with her and the baby.
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You used to love chicken but now when you get a whiff of its scent your stomach starts to turn and your mouth begins to water before you drop your fork and sprint for the bathroom. Sound familiar? Welcome to the wonderful stage of morning sickness!
Over half of all pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness, whether it is just nausea or they are physically sick. It can rear its head at any stage during pregnancy although it is more prevalent early on. Also, the term ‘morning’ sickness is fairly deceiving because it can strike at any time of the day, when you least expect it.
Finding something that will ease morning sickness is different for everyone. While something may work for one person, it may not work for another, so your best bet is trial and error. So here are some suggestions for helping to ease morning sickness.
- Ginger in any form can be a great relief from nausea. Try grating fresh ginger into hot water to make a ginger tea, or try nibbling on a ginger biscuit.
- Certain smells can often help to ease morning sickness. Lemon and rosemary are the most helpful scents.
- Visit a health store or consult a pharmacist about which herbs and spices can battle nausea. The most well-known are aniseed and peppermint which you can normally purchase in tablet form.
- Quite often morning sickness rears its head if you haven’t eaten so try to ensure you always have something on hand to snack on. Eating bland foods such as crackers or plain biscuits regularly throughout the day can help to combat the nausea.
- Many mums-to-be consider acupressure bands for morning sickness which are worn around the wrist. The bands have a nodule which presses gently into your pressure points and relieves the feeling of nausea.
- A lot of pregnant women say boiled lollies are helpful with morning sickness. They can also help to boost your low sugar levels which can be the trigger for nausea.
- Avoid eating fatty or spicy foods which can sometimes be a trigger for nausea.
- Get outside and go for a walk. Fresh air combined with some light exercise has been found to improve morning sickness symptoms.
- Keeping hydrated is a great way to prevent nausea. Water is the best option but if you can’t stomach that consider flat lemonade or a fruity ice block.
- Restrictive or tight clothing may exacerbate your morning sickness so try wearing loose fitting clothes.
If you find that nothing is helping to ease your morning sickness consult your GP who might be able to give you some advice or recommend some medication that will help ease the nausea.
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You’re elated and excited about your pregnancy and then morning sickness strikes. It can quickly take you from being on top of the world to feeling utterly miserable. You’ll probably feel better by the end of the third trimester, but for some of us nausea can stay around until birth. While nothing is likely to completely alleviate the symptoms, here are some ways to ease the discomfort naturally.
These are elasticised wrist bands with a plastic stud, which applies pressure to a special point on your wrist. You can get them at any pharmacy and they are also effective for motion sickness. For me, acupressure bands were the one thing that could make me feel almost normal and I can’t believe no one told me about them until my third pregnancy. How did I survive without them the first two times?
Frequent small meals
You may not feel like eating anything at all, but empty stomach makes morning sickness worse, not better. Eat small meals throughout the day and carry emergency snacks with you (like crackers or breadsticks) wherever you go.
Ginger in any form will make you feel better. Sip on ginger tea, eat ginger snacks or take ginger root in capsules.
Many pregnant women report that they’re craving lemon during pregnancy. Our bodies know what they need – lemon can do wonders when it comes to morning sickness. Drink water with lemon, suck on a slice of lemon or stock up on some lemon lollies.
There are a number of homeopathic remedies that can help with nausea. It’s best to check with a specialist before use to make sure you get the most suitable remedy for your specific case.
Lots of rest
Most women feel more tired than usual during the first trimester. This is nature’s sign that you should put yourself first and get as much rest as you can. Morning sickness tends to get worse when you’re overtired and stressed.
All your senses become sharpened during pregnancy and your body will tell you if there is a particular smell or taste that you should avoid. What triggers you may surprise you – it can be chemical smells and smoke, but it can also be healthy food that you usually love. Just listen to your body and be assured that it’s temporary. You’ll feel normal again, you’ll get your taste buds back and you’ll enjoy your favourite food one day.
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By Tatiana Apostolova
Any woman who’s concerned that she may or may not be pregnant needs to know how to recognise the earliest signs of pregnancy. While obviously nothing is more certain than the results of a pregnancy test, some of the signs that your body gives you can be very good indicators. Here are some of the most common earliest signs of pregnancy.
Of all the pregnancy symptoms, this one is probably the most common – and also the most cliche. Indeed, on any television show or in any film, a character’s pregnancy is typically first revealed by scenes of her running to the bathroom to be sick. There’s a reason for this, however. Morning sickness occurs in most pregnant women and is truly one of the most common early indicators.
While there can be other reasons that a woman may miss her monthly cycle, a missed period is obviously a universal symptom of pregnancy. While pregnant women may experience some scattered spotting, no woman who is expecting a baby will have a regular cycle during the duration of her pregnancy.
Mood swings and fogginess
The phrase “pregnancy brain” exists for a reason. Because of the hormonal changes that occur when you’re expecting, many pregnant women experience mood swings and fogginess, even very early on. If you’ve felt irritable or forgetful, this can be an indicator that you’re pregnant.
Even at the very beginning of pregnancy, women generally experience a tenderness and sometimes a soreness in their breasts. If you’re breasts have felt very tender to the touch as of late, this can be a sign that you are indeed expecting.
What pregnancy symptoms did you experience when you were pregnant? Share in the comments.