Feeling sick during pregnancy is, unfortunately, very common. Around eight out of 10 pregnant women feel sick, are sick or both during their pregnancy.
Morning sickness is thought to be caused by rising levels of hCG (the pregnancy hormone) and can occur at any time of the day. We’ll repeat that: at any time of the day!
So, how can you continue to eat well during sickness? The first thing to say is that your body will prioritise your baby, so try to stay calm if you feel like you’re unable to keep much down. Even if you’re not eating a lot, your body will draw from anything you have stored within and give it to the baby.
Some of the simplest tips are best for dealing with sickness. Stay well hydrated. A lot of people find they can manage very cold things, so smoothies or even ice lollies packed with fruit and veg are a great way to go. Plan your eating around when you feel most able to. If that means eating more in the late afternoon, plan yourself a balanced meal for then. If it means you just eat crackers in the morning, then that’s not the end of the world. Go with what works for you, and just try not to get too hungry!