Ah, morning sickness. It's the joyous experience of feeling queasy and nauseous as soon as you wake up, and let's not forget the occasional vomit. If you're one of the lucky ones who hasn't experienced it, count yourself blessed. But if you're currently in the midst of it, don't worry - you're not alone!
First things first, let's talk about what morning sickness actually is. Contrary to its name, it doesn't just happen in the morning. Nope, it can strike at any time of the day (or night, for that matter). It's a common symptom of pregnancy, and is thought to be caused by the hormonal changes that occur in your body as it adapts to growing a tiny human. Fun, right?
So, what can you do to alleviate morning sickness? Well, there's no magic cure unfortunately, but there are a few things that might help. Eating small, frequent meals throughout the day can be beneficial, as can avoiding foods that trigger your nausea (for me, it was anything with a strong smell - goodbye garlic!). Ginger can also be a lifesaver - try drinking ginger tea or nibbling on ginger biscuits and you can find a bag of Myrtle and Maude ginger sweets in the Baboo Box First Trimester Box.
Now, let's talk about some of the more... amusing aspects of morning sickness. For one thing, the name is a bit misleading. It's not just sickness in the morning - oh no. It can strike at any time, and it doesn't discriminate. I remember feeling like I was going to throw up during an important meeting at work - not exactly ideal. And let's not forget the joys of morning sickness on public transport. Nothing quite like feeling like you're about to vomit on a stranger's shoes, is there?
Another thing to bear in mind is that morning sickness can make you incredibly sensitive to smells. I remember having to leave a room because someone had sprayed perfume, and feeling like I was going to be sick because of the smell of cooking bacon (normally a delicious aroma, but not when you're feeling queasy).
But, there is a silver lining to all this - morning sickness is a sign that your body is doing what it's supposed to do. It's a reminder that you're growing a tiny human inside you, and that's pretty amazing when you think about it. So, while it might not be the most pleasant experience, it's all worth it in the end.
In summary, morning sickness is not fun. But it's a common symptom of pregnancy, and there are things you can do to alleviate it. Just remember - it won't last forever, and it's a sign that your body is doing something incredible. And if all else fails, just keep some ginger biscuits on hand!
And for those of you who are feeling a bit down about morning sickness, here are a few funny quotes to help you laugh it off:
"Morning sickness is the worst misnomer since 'happy hour'." - Kelly Oxford
"Morning sickness is like a hangover without the party." - Unknown
"I'm not vomiting because I'm pregnant, I'm vomiting because I'm growing a personality." - Unknown
"Morning sickness: because who doesn't love to start their day by dry-heaving over a toilet bowl?" - Unknown
So hang in there, mums-to-be. And remember, you're not alone!