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Morning Sickness

8th September 2017 01:34 PM

Author: Samantha Farmer

Morning Sickness.

The delight of being pregnant can soon be hampered by feelings of morning sickness, which can affect 8 out of 10 women who experience nausea or vomiting.

For some women they may feel nauseous in the morning and for others it can last all day, considerably affecting their ability to eat - let alone eat a healthy diet.

So what causes morning sickness?

High levels of pregnancy hormones flood the body. A hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is released in large quantities.  This hormone makes sure the baby gets what it needs from the mother's body in the early weeks until the placenta has formed and takes over responsibility for nourishing the baby.  This occurs at around weeks 14 to 16.  At this time the levels of hCG drop and nausea should ease.

It is also believed that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol may also contribute to morning sickness, so stress management techniques may be beneficial. 

For others they may be low in nutrients like B6 or magnesium, so should look to include whole grains, legumes, bananas, nuts and seeds, Brussel Sprouts, cauliflower, kelp, seaweed, and leafy greens also thought to provide relief from nausea.

So what can you do if you experience morning sickness?

Apart from including the aforementioned foods, try to eat little and often.  Avoid foods that make you feel worse; often fatty foods or rich food & spice. Keep well hydrated; sip lemon water, or warm water with a little ginger or peppermint.  Include some liquid meals like a nourishing bone broth soup, or veggie rich smoothie with a little pea protein. The aim is to take on board nourishing food as well as you can at this difficult time, but not to become over anxious in the process.

Samantha Farmer is a registered nutritional therapist (CNHC & BANT) with a keen interest in womens health, digestive issues and stress management. Her approach is in line with Functional Medicine, which focuses on the client, looking to re-balance all components that lead to optimum health.

For more information, or to contact Samantha, please see her website


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