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Morning sickness in pregnancy

Useful information on the causes of morning sickness in pregnancy plus remedies and treatments designed to beat the nausea.
Morning sickness (also called "nausea and vomiting of pregnancy," or "NVP") affects between 50 and 85 percent of all pregnant women. It is not confined to the morning: nausea can occur at any time of the day. The cause is not known, and there are a number of theories to explain it:
  • An increase in the hormone progesterone relaxes the muscles in the uterus, which prevents early pregnancy labour, but may also relax the stomach and intestines, leading to excess stomach acids.
  • An increase in hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin).
  • An increase in sensitivity to odours.
  • Eating vegetables. One theory is that the small amounts of toxins vegetables produce to deter insect infestation are normally harmless to humans but extremely dangerous to embryos; therefore, becoming nauseous during pregnancy was an evolutionary measure to protect the embryo. Other studies however have linked consumption of fruits and vegetables to higher birth weights (higher birth weights tend to mean healthier babies).
For 50% of all sufferers, it ends by the 16th week of pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who suffer from NVP are less likely to have miscarriages.

Nausea can be one of the most trying problems in early pregnancy. It comes at a time when you may be feeling tired and emotional, and when many people around you may not realise you are pregnant and expect you to be your normal self.

Things that may help with the nausea:
  • If you feel sick first thing in the morning, give yourself time to get up slowly. If possible, eat something like dry toast or a plain biscuit before you get up. Your partner could bring you some sweet tea.
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep whenever you can. Feeling tired can make the sickness worse.
  • Eat small amounts often rather than several large meals, but don't stop eating.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Ask those close to you for extra support.
  • Distract yourself as much as you can. Often the nausea gets worse the more you think about it.
  • Avoid the foods and smells that make you feel worse. It helps if someone else can cook but, if not, go for bland, non-greasy foods such as baked potatoes, pasta and milk puddings, which are simple to prepare.
  • Remedies containing ginger may be helpful.
  • Wear comfortable clothes. Tight waistbands can make you feel worse.
If you are being sick all the time and cannot keep anything down then inform your doctor or midwife.
Author : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Morning_sickness

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Hi
I am over 6 weeks pregnant with my first child but I was wondering if anyone can help me, I was sick not long ago but afterwards all I could taste was blood is that normal .....I know this maybe a bit of a stupid question but I just wanted to make sure ........thanks
by 1256 21st Feb 2012, 9:17am
hi everyone,
I am about 9 wks pregnant with my second child. When I was pregnant with my first I was incredibly ill for the first 12-15 wks and it seems I am following in the same direction. I am just worried that I may get fired as my attendance has not been the greatest due to many different reasons all reasonable as far as I'm concerned. I can't really eat so I am either throwing up slot of the time or feeling dodgy and dizzy due to me lack of eating. I don't know what to do. my sickness has got so bad I am now peeing myself when I throw up without any control of myself. Any ideas of what to do. Do I go back to work and just take a few change of clothes or tale more time off???
by tanya85 12th Jan 2012, 9:14am
Hey, Im Currently 9 weeks pregnant, and feeling awful although ive only been sick once (which was today) the last 2 weeks ive constantly felt sick. Csnt really eat as makes me feel worse, ive tried ginger biscuits - no good for me. the only thing that helps a little is sips of full fat coke! hope I dont feel like this for the rest of my pregnancy. I work in theatre in my local hospital which doesnt help with the 12 hour night shifts! hope this sickness feeling goes soon :(
by bumptobaby 31st Oct 2011, 5:01pm
Hi halebop,

I know how u feel I had a miss at 6 weeks 3 yrs ago, and I have just found out im pregnant week 5, so happy yet to worried. I have all yur symptoms I had with my son six years ago which gives me hope.
My sister is 14 weeks has not had any morning sickness. So try not to worry,vi know easier said than done. X
by Kitten1975 19th Sep 2011, 10:17am
Hi guys! I am 8 weeks pregnant with my 2nd pregnancy, I had a miscarriage at 5/6 weeks at xmas 2010. I've had really bad sickness for 2 weeks but now it just seems to have stopped, is this normal??? I still feel comletely exhausted. But its probs fair to say that I'm also I little paranoid of things going wrong beccause of what happened with my first pregnancy. Just wondered if anyone has had anything similar?
by halebop 13th Jul 2011, 10:02am
Hi peeps I am on my 4th pregnancy and i am 8 wks. I cant wait i am so excited. My pregnancys were tough my third was a emergency c section, but they are worth it. I think every pregnancy is different. And what i do know is the more you have the more you feel. I feel sick all the time even having ginger biscuits and mints which helped with previous pregnancys and it's just not working. Roll on third trimester when i hope it settles down. Good luck girls i'm sure you will all be fine and most important take care of yourself. :-)
by cammie02 4th May 2011, 9:04am
Hi girls i have a 1 year old girl who was born by c section and I'm now 6 weeks pregnant with baby number 2 :) i had horrible morning sickness with my first it lasted the hole time but its a small price to pay for something so fantastic in the end. I'm starting to feel really sick again but its nice to read that im not the only one who feels sick or down or tired , good luck i hope you all feel better soon :) o and with my first i sat around and felt sick which did only make it worse this time round i still have my little girl to take for a walk and it does make it a little better having something to take your mind of it even if it means sometimes being sick out side haha
by amyizzy 4th Nov 2010, 8:39am
Hi CHEZER,
You describing me! I'm going into my 6th week, i have morning and evening sickness!!! This is my first pregnancy and I'm 23!!! Its not going to get any better until the 4th month in your second trimester!!... I hate the feeling but every morning when i first get it, im happy to know that my baby is okay!! HOTMOMMA, your closer to finishing it than me, keep going, cuz after your done, you'll want another!! I want 3, and I'm on my first!!!!! GOOD LUCK!
by Georgeos 11th Oct 2010, 9:24am
Hi, i'm cuming up to my 7th week pregnancy,im bein sick every morning and evening iv had dizzy spells,headaches and i hope it stops very soon as its making me feel down.
This is my first experience of pregnancy and so far this sickness aint so good even tho im 23 and happy.i really hope it eases off for you ladys out there and myself too.GUDLUCK XXXXXXX
by chezer 27th Sep 2010, 9:28am
Hi. I miscarried in early june. My period have not come back but started feeling sick about 3 weeks ago and thought i had a tummy upset. A friend of mine suggested i take a pregnancy test which i did last week and was positive. I have not gone for a scan yet to determine my dates i want to wait a little while so that something shows up clearly on the scan. I don't know how long to wait but when i lie on my back i feel a tiny bulge below my belly.
by ciku 25th Aug 2010, 9:45am
hi i am 8weeks and iv had really bad morning sickness so bad i end up in hospital
i dont think i can keep doing this anymore cause i cant move with out being sick help me make the right chose keep it or not
by hotmomma10 25th Aug 2010, 9:14am
Hello, I'm 6 weeks pregnant with my first pregnancy. I've been feeling sick for the last week. It's constant! And the only thing that stops it is if I'm eating. So I'm literally eating all the time which can't be good! The idea of certain foods makes me sick. I haven't actually been sick but have this constant nausia... Is there anything I can do, considering the idea of ginger makes me feel more sick?!!
by popak 16th Aug 2010, 5:08pm
hi, i just found out that im pregnant. i am making drs apt in am. im not sure how far i am only a few weeks i think.
i started getting more bowl movements than usual and i keep getting lightheded. am stating to feel slightly nautious but dont know if thats coz i just found out tonight but im extremely happy but terribly worried. i have no idea what we are gonna do.
by lizsieuk 12th Aug 2010, 10:55am
hi im about 7 weeks going by my date of my last period im feeling a bit sick but have not been im really worried as people say if you are not sick there is a big chance i could misscarry i have just recently had a miccarry in feb so im really stressed ive had the cramps ,the tiredness, and the sore boobs ,and the occasional headaches please should i be worrying about not being sick .
by essexgirl76 12th Aug 2010, 10:22am
l am seven weeks pregnant without morning sickness is it possible?
by bukolas 12th Aug 2010, 10:14am
hello every one, im on my 3rd pregnancy (8 weeks) and think i feel worse this time more than ever, i was kept in hosptial last week as i was so sick i wasnt even keepin water down and the tiredness is unbeleivable i honesly feel like i have worst hangover ever and it never goes away. but i do understand not feelin normal and dont know if i will ever have that feeling back again.
by brodie09 12th Aug 2010, 10:06am
Hi,im 15weeks and suffered from hyperemesis (severe sickness) since I was 7weeks pregnant, i lost 2 stone in period of 3weeks, i had no energy and couldn't keep food or liquid down. I visited my gp and midwife was given antisickness drugs which I couldn't keep down either. I visited my gp every week in tears as I couldn't contact my midwife and when eventually I did the advice I was given was bare with it. I visited my midwife at the beginning of the week my urine was checked showing of the scale ketones and protein and blood tests showed I was extremely dehydrated I was then admitted to hospital got the treatment I needed and now I am able to eat and drink and keep it down. My advice to anyone going through the same is demand the help you need if you haven't get your ketones checked by your midwife ask her too.
by Gemlou82 12th Aug 2010, 9:20am
Hi everyone. I'm 9 weeks pregnant with my second baby and have been suffering with a bt of morning sickness (I didn't have any with the first) but it's on and off, the last week or so has been pretty nausea free. If the sickness has stopped, is that a bad sign?

by philbeach 11th Aug 2010, 5:20pm
hi everyone. I just wanted to get some advice. this is my first pregnancy and im past week 10 and i feel and am more sick than ever. its getting to the point now where i have nothing left to give. I cant go out and do anything. i feel drained and have no enegry at all. All i seem to be doing atm is sleeping and this has been going on this bad for the last week. i cant even keep fluids down and have lost soo much weight. is this normal?? please sumone help
by billiejoboyden 11th Jun 2010, 5:30pm
Hi all. I'm 7 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby. I hate the constant nausea. Had it for nearly two weeks now, and I already can't remember what it was like to feel normal. Mine is worse in morning, till about 2pm then it eases off a bit. Gets worse again about 7pm. With my last pregnancy, I went to Holland & Barrett health food shop, as they have some herbal remedies. I am also wearing travel sick wristbands, which takes the edge off.
by GayMum 14th May 2010, 5:37pm
Im 9 weeks and have been spewing my guts out for 4 weeks solid! ive been to the doctors and been put on 3 types of tablets but nothing is working. Ive tryed ginger and every remedey thats out there ! Help! I can eat and cant drink and im sick of looking at the bowl of the toilet, and the word "morning" is so wrong try Morning/Afternoon/Evening sickness. im a busy haidresser and have had to go on sick leave for 2 weeks as im throwing up in between clients and nearly passing out ! I need some serious help here!
by kayleighphillips01 14th May 2010, 5:29pm
Hello girls, i'm 7 weeks pregnant and the last 2 weeks have been the worst. Feel sick all day long, dizzy and extremely tired. Although i haven't throwed up i feel awful 24/7. Have just asked my husband to buy me a homeopathic remedie that everyone says works wonders called Pulsatilla. Still haven't tried but i hope it helps. Perharps is good to give it a try ok. Hope it helps!!! Love to you all. xx
by Nivia 14th May 2010, 5:24pm
i am expecting my second baby (11 wks) after 6 years of trying (i have PCOS) i'm experiencing nausea all the time along with a dull headache. I am very sensitive to smells and my own house's general smell makes me very ill! I also cannot go in the car without being sick. But after trying for so long to have this baby I'm not going to complain!
by starrlite27 14th May 2010, 5:10pm
i am about 8 weeks now and this is my first pregnancy, i have just got back from a holiday in egypt which was such hard work because of morning sickness!! i feel sick on and off all day its like i dont want to eat i have no appetite at all!! i am also really light headed this may be due to lack of food tho, i have just read that this usually goes by 16 WEEKS... so looks like i only got another 8 to go:( does anyone else feel this bad? x
by katybutton 14th May 2010, 5:01pm

Oh, dear, it does sound like some people are suffering, and it is horrible. I haven't called in in a while, but do hope that everyone is feeling better. It's so depressing when you've tried all the remedies and nothing seems to work. I am sure you have all tried small meals little and often, and wrist bands, and making sure you are taking lots of small dirnks of water, and I am sure you think you will scream if anybody else recommends a dry biscuit...
It does sound like a couple of Mums here have it so badly that it must be hard to cope at all. I was in bed at once time for half of every week, being sick all the time, and my Dr didn't take it seriously, though my urine was the colour of builders' tea (TMI!) so I know how lonely it can be. That was a few years back, but I haven't forgotten how awful it was.

What do people think of the idea of a support thread for severe sickness or Hyperemesis (which I realise now I was developing) but I was helped by Acupuncture?

Sending you all cyber hugs.
Eiluned
xx
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I know that doctors are reluctant to prescribe medication if they can possibly avoid it just to play safe, but it might be worth asking them again just in case if you're being sick a lot. Try and eat what you can face = if anything - and concentrate on keeping hydrated with lots of sips of water.

Wish you better
by Eiluned 14th May 2010, 3:54pm
I'm 17 weeks gone with my 2nd pregnancy and still being sick nearly every day!! My "morning" sickness got worse after my 12th week, turning from nausea to sickness. I'm hoping it stops soon as I'm running out of foods I can successfully keep down! :-s
by witchgirl 14th May 2010, 3:07pm
i am expecting my 3rd baby, as i lost my second due to a miscarriage, i have a one year old boy who goes two in may this yr. he lives with his granddad and his step nana, me and my partner are really hoping this one is going to be okay, i dont think i could cope wiv another miscarriage after what has happened these last few days
by hallie21 8th Feb 2010, 9:29am
i am 9 weeks. I hav not actuallt thrown up but it right there tlike its ready to happen. most of the day I feel like i am a bout to get sick. this is my second baby. the first pregnancy i threw up the WHOLE nine months
by mackenziemommie 1st Feb 2010, 9:19am
I'm 10 weeks and feel helpless with the nausia. I find it so hard to go into work. We have not told anyone yet which makes it harder. Everytime I eat it turns into a mission.
by Sophia32 27th Jan 2010, 9:37am
hi,im 26 weeks pregnant and every time i have something to eat i feel sick and sometimes will be sick,but i dont feel ill or nothing,the sickness just come about an hour or 2 after iv eaten.
by beckyndave 13th Jan 2010, 11:47am
i feel sick most of the time and am working as a care assistant, so everytime i go to work my sickness becomes worse that i always call in sick at work. I feel like i should just quit the job because they dont knowhow i feel. Should i try go to work or tell my manager i cant manage to go to work at the moment?
by rhodkan 14th Dec 2009, 9:14am
This is my 3rd pregnancy, with all my children i have had morning sickness the hole way through, even when giving birth, the only things i found that worked for me was eatting little and often and when i was really bad in the mornings ice pops, the cold seemed to help and i could eat after. With this pregnancy iam really bad and nothing seems to be working, if any one has any new idears please let me know.
by emmasickofsickness 30th Nov 2009, 11:22am
im 7 weeks pregnant with my 2nd baby and i feel terrilbe.my 1st was never like this but they do say every pregnancy is different.im never actually sick but feel it,i was just wondering if its true that ginger does help with the morning sickness.
by MandyG 30th Nov 2009, 10:00am
dear funky Monkey - so far in this pregnancy i feel totally different to the last one , i think they are all different , maybe the shock is not helping , but I hope for you it settles down. i find eating fairly regularly really helps with queasiness.
by Maturemum 4th Nov 2009, 3:15pm
i am 4 weeks pregnant with my fourth child and am suffering with nausea.. i do not remember feeling like this so early on in my other pregnancies!! why this 1?? this pregnancy was DEFINATLEY NOT planned and has come as quite a shock!! do you think this might be partly to blame 4 me feeling so sick? .K. xx
by funkymonkey 3rd Nov 2009, 1:39pm
hi i just found out that im about 6 weeks pregnant with my first baby and im experiencing morning sickness is that normal for this stage in pregnancy?
by LittleMissSuzie 9th Oct 2009, 9:15am
Mr Bf and I have been trying for a baby for a while now, this month although my period is due next week, for the 1st time i havnt had my usual ovulation pain which has me in agony for a couple of days and i have got acid indigestion all day and night makes me feel sick no matter what i eat , I have had more headaches than usual do you think there is a chance i could be pregnant?
by sassy28 1st Oct 2009, 9:09am
To mommy2be015 (mon 8th june)
Im 8 weeks pregnant for the second time. With my first daughter I lost a whole stone in weight during the first 3 months due to morning sickness and she is now eight years old and almost as tall as myself so I wouldn't worry yourself too much, as long as your mid wife is happy with your progress
by ejay78 7th Sep 2009, 10:41am
Hey mommies. After reading some of ur post i feel worst. Im sick all the time! It even wakes me up at night. Although i dont throw up all the time, i walk around all day and lay down at night feeling vomit stuck in my throat just waiting to come out. Im at week 10 now and feel worse everyday. Im hoping it will go away soon as it says on here...any advice? Ive tried so many but very willing to try some more...
by Neomommy 18th Aug 2009, 8:59am
To SassyB3
Your partner does not want to quit smoking yet ? Are you kidding ?
What is his problem ? You are haing a child-surely he wants them to be as healty & happy as possible?
If he can't stop this selfish behavior from the minute you tell him you're having a baby he's a non-comitted parent. Is this really who you want to father your baby ?
by Alipop 6th Aug 2009, 9:24am
Im 16 weeks pregnant and still suffering with pregnancy sickness (i only get it in the evenings). Anyone else out there still got it at my stage, only of the friends that have had babies, none lasted this long into it!
by lauralou22 13th Jul 2009, 9:03am
hi im pregnant for my first time and im excited but worried im 10weeks and i just went for a check up on the 5th of june and i was supposed to gain at least 2 pounds but instead of gaining i lost a pound due to really bad morning sickness....does this mean my baby isnt healthy and is it okay as long as i gain wait through out my pregnancy? the babys heartbeat was 160 so thats good. but please help im really worried.
by mommy2be015 8th Jun 2009, 9:20am
Hi Ladies, I am a mum of 11 month old boy and im 6 half weeks preg now with twins!!! i have real bad morning and evening sickness, i cant drive or sit as a passenger as i have to vomit so im housebound at the min. Thought i would share with you that the only thing helping my sickness at the min is Trebor Softmints, they lift my nausea and then i dont feel sick!!!
by BabyGJ 26th May 2009, 12:35pm
Hi i just found out i am 6weeks and 4days pregnant (give or take 5days) my morning sickness is terrible - it happens all through the day. I cant stand anything smelly or "normall" all i have been eating is toast with a little bit of butter and jam, and 1-2cups of tea per day. I have pcos and have a higher rate of miscariage so i have to be very carefull - in EVERYTHING i do. I cant wait to be a mummy! the father left me 3weeks ago - we didnt know i was pregnant but i guess he couldnt deal with the hormones! i live in London and he has moved to SCOTLAND! he says he will be there for birth and for the baby. I dont really take much notice in anything he says anymore, because he also said when we was trying for this baby - he would never leave me pregnant. If anyone is in same situation or similar to me, then ladies.... hold your head up high! and remember we can do this and theres ALOT of help out there. CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE! I hope the morning sickness goes very soon! Roxanne (X)
by roxy02071990 22nd May 2009, 9:19am
hi mums 2 b my morning sickness starts in a morning,then goes away,then comes back at night is this normal?just started my 7th week
by helenback 6th May 2009, 9:16am
my morning sickness has begun, unfortunatly its my husband thats making me ill he smokes as did i until i found out i am pegnant not sure how far i am yet as im still waiting to see my midwife for my first appointment he has started going out to smoke he washes his hands and face and sucks on mints after a cig but i can still smell it and i end up bieng ill , unfortunatly it only really bothers me after 4 pm then all the way through the evening as any one got any advice as he is not prepared to give up smoking yet thanks all x
by sassyb3 14th Apr 2009, 12:31pm
can anyone help im feeling sick but not actually vomiting is this still morning sickness
by kelio 9th Apr 2009, 9:19am
Michelle61, I felt exactly the same as you until I tried Sea Band. It costs around 8 pounds for a pack of 2 wristbands that operate by using acupressure. It is usually used for travel sickness, but my chemist recommended it for me. Although it does not take the feeling away completely, it definitely eases it. Hope this helps you. All the best.
by mummykimmy 6th Apr 2009, 9:10am
I am 5.5 weeks pregnated. I dont feel sick in the mornings but i do feel sick after every meal... its not as bad as i though it would be... do you think it will ge worst or this is it??
by sarai87 4th Mar 2009, 9:13am
hi all, wanted to know when should sickness start, its weird coz with my 2 other children i had it bad but nothing at all this time, im only 7 weeks is it too early for sickness??? or have i just not got it this time,lol i dont mind not having it,just thought it was weird thats all. i can still drink coffee,tea even fatty foods i can eat, i can do all the things that would put u off and make u sick, thanks for ur answers xx
by babycakes03 17th Feb 2009, 9:38am
hello there, im new here but was wondering if any one can give me any suggestions!
i have really bad evening sickness , its driving me crazy, although iv never been sick the feeling is really over whelming apart from the suggestions on this site (im trying them all to no avail ) as any one got any other suggestions, many thanks michelle
by michelle61 28th Jan 2009, 8:59am
ive tried the biscuit in the morning and other things and nthing has seemed to work for me . i cant keep nothing down that ive eaten or drunk so it really getting me down so i spoke to my doctor and he gave me a tablet hopefully it works.
by antzoe 10th Dec 2008, 8:44am
Dear Mums-to-be,

I was one of those "morning sickness" sufferers and would love to share a few tips based on my experience.

However I have to mention that we all are a bit different and what worked for me, might not work for someone else. Still it is worth of me trying, if I can help at least some of you, I would consider it a great achievement.

My sickness started "by the book", on the 5th week. It wasn't just a morning one - I felt notions all day long and even was waking up at night feeling I was just about to vomit.

First I thought that in general it lasts only during the first trimester, so I will survive. However I overestimated myself. I am a sissy and I hate any kind of physical discomfort or pain. After feeling sick non-stop for a week I went for a remedy search. Obviously medicines were out of questions as they can harm a baby, so I looked for natural ways – herbs, diets, exercise.

Firstly I have tried liquid foods – clear soups and with bits. This didn’t work. Also I could see that I am not picking a sufficient nutrition for me and my baby - liquids with bits of over boiled veg and meat don't contain many vitamins and fibre.

A few websites suggested eating something like dry ginger biscuits. Other sources mentioned that women often feel worse when they are hungry. Though they don't realize they are. So firstly I tried to eat a bit more often, every 2-3 hours. I ate small snacks for my weight not to go through the roof.

My snacks were dry - a half of cheddar cheese sandwich or a small baked potato and a fried egg. After such meals I felt significantly better. Those made me think about a ginger biscuit advice, the biscuits are rather dry.

I did some changes to my diet - made my foods drier. Excluded were soups and most of the sauces.

I also noticed that if I ate out in the restaurant, I would feel bad for two - 3 days.

So I started avoiding ready or pre-cooked meals. Restaurants, even very good ones, are using lots of pre-ordered ingredients, which are kept fresh by using chemicals, don't forget taste enchantment. I know it from my own experience - I was ITs (a restaurant network in the UK) restaurant manager for a few years. Meal out is often delicious, but a pregnant women’s body reacts differently to many things.

I experimented for about 10 days and came up with a set of rules what to eat and when to eat. It works for me, I am over 8 weeks pregnant and didn't feel sick for the past two 2 weeks. Apart of once a couple of days ago and it was my fault - I had no time to prepare my lunch box in the evening and had to buy a shop-made sandwich.




These are my rules:

1. Eat every 2-3 hours.
I make it 8am - a breakfast, 10am - a snack, 12:30 - lunch, around 16:00 - another light snack, 19:30 dinner.
I do not leave dinner till too late as if I go to bed with a full belly, I sleep badly. My suggestion is to make sure you are done with eating 2 hours before you go to bed.

2. Foods are simple and dryish.
Oven roast or boiled vegetables, boiled/roasted/grilled beef, beef burgers, meet balls, fried or boiled eggs, cheddar cheese or baby bells, pasta, rice, sausages, mash potatoes, prawns, bread, porridge etc.

Meats
I can eat only plain or herb seasoned sausages, beef steaks medium to well done, stewed beef. Beef burgers and meat balls do agree with me two, as well as lasagne and Bolognese.
All my sauces are home made, no shop bought jars, so I know what I put in the pan.
I recommend making the sauces for the pasta yourself. You would be surprised how easy they are, just google the recipes.

Lamb chops make me queasy - too greasy. Chicken, pork and fish smells are to strong for me too.
So I stuck to beef and, funny enough - sausages.

Here is and idea how to make fast meat balls:
400-500 grams’ pack of beef, 2 finely chopped onions, 1 or 2 eggs, salt, a tbl spoon of mustard, herbs if you wish. Mix it all; make meatballs the size of a tennis ball. Fry them in a bit of oil. When they are almost done, pure a small glass of tomato juice in the frying pans to cover meat balls. Let them simmer in juice for 15 min. It is a lovely dish.

A mince beef mixture made for meat balls can be used for beef burgers.
Just make the lumps to fry larger and flatter. Suggestion: make them heart - shaped, your other half will love it.

Steaks
I am eating them 3-4 times/week. Obviously if I were buying cut steak, it would have hit my pocket. So I am buying supermarket’s boneless roast beef joints, the ones that are usually wrapped in plastic, but not in a plastic box.. The pack has no air inside and you feel it's softness when you pick it up. They sell chunks are large - 2 or 3 kilos, they cost 8 -9 quid. I use this meat for steaks; it’s soft and juicy and works out about £4 or £5 per kilo. Comparing to steaks from delicatessen it's half price.
There are cock ups, but not very often.
If you buy one of those joints you can cut it in 4-5 pieces and freeze. When you decide to cook it, you won't need to defreeze the whole chunk of meat. I am using such meat for steaks, stews, roasts, stew fries - anything.


Garnishes
Roast vegetables.
My friend saw the recipe on the TV, taught me and now it's one of our favourite family dishes.
How to make it - get any root veg you have handy: potatoes, carrots, parsnips, onions, yams. Can also be pumpkin, mushrooms, swede. This is only the idea what you can bake. I even bake cabbage, but this one is tender and had to be added later.
Cut the vegetables in appx 1 cm cubes, mushrooms can be used as whole. Place all in a bowl, add a bit of salt, some herbs, a couple of tbl spoons of olive oil. Mix the chunks by hands and place on a flat baking tray. In the oven, gas mark 7. Bake for appx an hour, can be a bit longer. You will need to check it once or twice and snaffle the vegetables so they don't get burnt. The indicators are potatoes, when they are ready all the rest is ready too.
Sometimes I get carried away and prepare too much . Adding a bit of everything I end up with a huge amount to bake. Here is an indications of the amount for
2 people - I cut 2 largish potatoes (not as large as baking though), 4 medium carrots, 2 parsnips, 1 yam the size of a small apple, 3 onions.
Also if the level of veg on the baking tray is too thick, they remain soggy for a long time. So first try the portion suggested above and then see for yourself.
I love it with some ketchup. This is the only shop bought sauce I use.


Also things like rice, spaghetti, bulgur, mash potatoes.
They make a tasty addition to your dinner or lunch. Make sure you eat carbs. Carbs were the once to stop me from feeling sick..

One more recipe – baked rice
Pre-boil some rice, the grains should stay a bit hard.
Fry some beef in a frying under the closed lid. Fry some chopped onions and carrots – separately from beef. Mix it all, add salt and herbs, place on the tray and in the oven for 30 min, gas mark 7. It tastes lovely.


Fibre
I suggest fresh vegetable salad
Chop some tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet peppers, lettuce, carrots - whatever you have in the fridge. Squeeze a quarter of a lemon on the top, add a bit of olive oil, salt.

Boiled vegetables
Broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, string beans, Brussels sprouts, peas pods etc.
What we often get in the restaurants is over boiled and soggy. I cook them the following way – cut the vegetables if needed. Boil water in a pan, add a bit of salt if you need it. Once the water is boiling, chuck the vegetables in. Let the water boil again - it will only take 2-3 min, and take the veg out. Such a way of cooking will keep the vegetables aldente, but they wont taste raw. Also lots of vitamins will be saved.






Do not worry if the above recipes sound complicated. I cook every day, and my principle is never to spend more than an hour. This is from the moment I opened my fridge to the very moment I and my husband are at the table. It works. The remains of the dinner will make you a lovely lunch box for the next day.


3. To summarize my main principles:
- my food is be simple

- eating slowly

- no restaurant meals if possible

- no shop bought sauses

- limit or exclude salt and spices (chilly, black pepper). This will makes me thirsty, and the water I drink increases my water retention. Hence I feeling bloated, fat and tiered. This advise has to be taken with a lot of care, as it goes against all known rules - I drink a bit less water. I can have 3 mugs of tea /day, and a glass of water if I feel thirsty. But I am not a doctor and cannot go against world wide theory about drinking 2 liters of water a day. It works for me, but I am not suggesting it to anyone else.

- Another important thing, I move a lot. Sometimes I have to push myself a bit. But I go up and down the stairs to pick up something from the top floor, do the hovering, go shopping, walk to work – it’s 2 miles for me.
You don't need to do rock climbing. But make those small attempts to move more. When I felt sick and was trying to lay down, I felt even worse.
I also bought myself a yoga CD. The exercises are very easy – simple bends and stretches. I feel much better afterwards.




4. To conclude


I will briefly write down what I did and ate yesterday:


07:30 very light porridge - a glass of milk, 2 tbl spoons of porridge, a spoon of raisins, microvawe for 5 min till boiled.

10:00 a Prett a monger pretzel and a tea

13:00 - mash potatoes, steak, tomato salad

16:30 - a very small cheese sandwich and an apple

19:30 - rice, beef stewed with carrots and onions, fresh veg salad, a cup of tea.

I walked to work (but was lazy and took a bus home ), did 20 min of yoga in the evening.

I think that's all from me. Good luck!
by JennyFerreiro 28th Oct 2008, 9:16am
My first pregnancy ended in a miscarriage and now I am 9 weeks pregnant the second time. I didn't suffer from morning sickness the first time and am not not sick this time round. Is this normal as I'm getting quite anxious about NOT being sick and worrying about a repeat of the last time!
by niki8 20th Oct 2008, 8:52am
I was sick all the way through my 1st pregnancy, up to 25 times a day. The doctor gave me Avomine to help, I was still sick a few times a day but at least I could just about eat. I am now having my second and am hoping to avoid the sickness.
by lornaross 6th Oct 2008, 9:45am
I was desperately hoping someone would have posted a magic cure on here for mornng sickness!
Im 7 weeks pregnant and have spent the past 3 weeks living on water! Occasionally i can force the odd dry biscuit or piece of bread down, but im sure this cant be healthy! I have tried other foods such a fresh fruit and yohurt and although they provide a brief period of relief within an hour they are coming back again so it feels pointless eating them!
The morning sickness tablets sound a good idea, i will give them a try and let you know how i get on!
by amyfrary 2nd Oct 2008, 9:16am
ive just started my morning sickness for the first time in my pregnancy and im a little worried as it was bright yellow, is it suppose to be like that?
by puipop 4th Aug 2008, 9:02am
im around 9 weeks pregnant and i cant handle the sikness anymore! i ant eat much and its starting to affect me with faintness. im also worried that its going to affect mine and my partners relationship, i cant stand the smell of him lately, especially when he comes home from the kitchen x
by jenjen2008 7th Jul 2008, 9:03am
During pregnancy, no one knows for sure what causes nausea/morning sickness but it's probably some combination of the many physical changes taking place in your body. Some pregnant women experience this symptoms are worst in the morning and ease up over the course of the day, but they can strike at any time and last all day long.

by Rizza123 20th May 2008, 8:40am
Hello, I'm 7 weeks pregnant and I've been feeling very sick through out the day, not just in the mornings. I find carbs are quite good for me so I force down a bit of toast in the morning, have a sandwich at lunch and eat ginger biscuits throughout the day. It's not a premanent fix but it does make things a little easier.
It's very uncomfortable not being able to tell my work colleages that Its pregnancy that's making me ill. Roll on 12 weeks!! Those Blackmores morning sickness tablets sound good, I'm going to try those, thanks for the tip! xxx
by kimbaby 2nd May 2008, 8:46am
I am 8 weeks pregnant and from day 1 i have had this sick feeling in my stomach...not all the time in the morning but throughout the day. I found that Blackmores Morning sickness capsules help alot...within minutes and you can take up to 3 throughout the day and it will not harm bubs. It has all the vitalins and nutrients as well as ginger which settles the stomach.
Go to your local chemist and talk to them they are educated in medications and remindies. Goodluck!
by mum2be08 29th Apr 2008, 8:50am
Im around 5 weeks pregnant and contantly feel sick, not just in the mornins but thoughout the day. Im a student nurse so am always on the go and have to get up very early which can make it worse. Looking after sick and ill people can also make it worse. If anyone has any ideas please pass them on xx
by gogolucky 22nd Apr 2008, 8:36am
Im 28 weeks pregnant and still find i have morning sickness and sickness during the day. i also have times when i feel so ill i cant get out of bed is this normal.. does anyone else around my stage of pregnancy have this. i have really good days sometimes but really bad days aswell. ive tried everything but nothing seems to help. anyone have any ideas?? x mel x
by MelnDave 9th Apr 2008, 3:11pm
I am having alot of issues with quesy stomach most of the day. It is almost rendering me helpless. I also have several fainting spells especially if I mistakenly get up too quickly.hen will this end. I am always tired. When will this end. I don't remember this with my other two pregnancies. Help, remedy for morning sickness please.
by nichole35 7th Apr 2008, 8:42am
im 7wks pregnant and feel sick all the time but especially in the mornings-i need to get up early for work.Would like some advice
by LittleLockers 26th Feb 2008, 9:21am
im 7wks and consintantly feel sick however im not vomiting. i find that eating dry toast1stthing helps
by sassyire 5th Feb 2008, 9:40am
Hi i am sick all the time been in hospital on drips twice and lots of medication i feel like i'm letting my husband and daughter down cause i can't do anything and to top it of i've dislocated my sternum through coughing and sickness. im really worried im going to end up rejecting my baby cause of all this any help. Donna x
by Donna23 24th Jan 2008, 8:46am
hi am 9 weeks pregnant and have no pregnancy symtoms.am concerned this could be a bad sign.noele
by noeleen 21st Jan 2008, 3:26pm

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