#HLWDK Daily Health Tips: When Does Morning Sickness Start?

Q: Hello doc, after how long does morning sickness start in pregnant women? Because I’m a little nervous about my girlfriend ,,,,,, I don’t know if she wanna fix it on me.

A: Morning sickness can actually occur at any time of the day, although the name makes you think otherwise. For most women, the symptoms typically start at around 4 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. To prevent cases like this and worries about girlfriends ‘fixing stuff on their partners’, here are a few tips:

Remember the ABCs. Abstain (which is always the best bet if you’re not married), be faithful to one partner (who is hopefully being faithful to you) or use condoms.

Now, for the rest of you who want to know how to handle morning sickness in pregnancy, below are some tips for you:

The standard teaching is to try eating some bland foods like Crackers biscuits or dry toast. That personally didn’t work for me. I preferred tart things…which some may want to avoid. I loved lemons during my pregnancies. They were the one thing guaranteed to ‘wake up’ my mouth and chase nausea far away. I also had a particular brand of very tart bubble gum, I indulged in  These were key for me because, though I didn’t have the real bad case of morning sickness that sent you to the hospital, brushing my teeth in the morning always sent me into a bout of retching/vomiting. So, I always had a ready supply of the gum or lemon/lime to pop into my mouth once I was done brushing/retching! Not a very pleasant memory ;D

So, if lemons work for you to prevent nausea, go for it. Remember that moderation is key. A few drops (one or two) in a glass of water are enough to provide that tart kick that sends nausea far away. There is a catch here though…remember the heart burn associated with pregnancy. The acid content of lemon might make the heart burn and any pre-existing gastro-esophageal (stomach and esophagus/gullet) problems worse. So, this is all the more reason to be very moderate or stop if it exacerbates an already bad case of heart burn. Wherever and whenever in doubt, please be sure to see your doctor.

Other tips:
• Eat little amounts of food frequently as an empty tummy increases the likelihood of throwing up. Remember this is not an excuse to binge and over eat 
• Avoid fatty and greasy foods.
• Avoid smells that trigger nausea
• Cold foods may be preferable to hot as the former does not give off smells that may cause you to feel queasy.
• Get loads of fresh air and rest
• And drink sufficient fluids daily

More importantly, your wife needs your love and support more than ever. If she can’t stand cooking now, because of this, be supportive. Help out or ensure she has help. Knowing you’re on her side will most certainly help her cope with this.

Have a good night everyone 😀

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