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11-09-2014

The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her second child, and has been forced to cancel her scheduled engagements due to morning sickness.

The condition affects up to 85% of pregnant women, ranging from mild to severe symptoms. These include nausea, retching and/or vomiting. It typically begins between 4 to 9 weeks. For most women, morning sickness usually eases between 12 to 16 weeks, but can continue for several months and indeed all pregnancy.

Top Ten Tips for Morning Sickness

1.     You are not alone, morning sickness affects most pregnant women, and the severity does vary.

2.     People who tell you "it is all in your head" are wrong- the comments may upset or worry you - try to find someone to share your feelings, who is ready to listen, sympathize and help

3.     Try to rest as much as you can

4.     Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy may not be caused by the pregnancy. There are other factors that can cause the same symptoms. Check with your GP to rule these out and also gain some advice about management.

5.     Eat and drink small amounts often, every 1-2 hours. Try not to mix foods and drinks. Avoid alcohol. Drink liquid 20 - 30 minutes before or after you eat.

6.     Eat or drink whatever you feel is right for you, ( with the exception of alcohol)

7.     Don't be a martyr; there are safe medications and non-medicinal treatments. Find out what works best for you.

8.     The iron in prenatal supplements can upset stomachs and/or constipation. Talk to your Health care provider, if your iron level is normal, it may be possible to adjust the iron dose for the first trimester

9.     The good news is that in general morning sickness is associated with a healthy baby!

10.   See these helpful resources:

www.kemh.health.wa.gov.au

 www.morningsicknessusa.com

 www.eatright.org/Public

www.motherisk.org/women

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