The reality of morning sickness

A new survey commissioned by nausea-relief brand Sea-Band reveals the highs and lows of morning sickness

Pregnancy is an exciting time, but it can also come with a range of challenges. For the majority (80%) of mums-to-be, morning sickness is an unpleasant reality.

  • 1 in 4 women (24%) experience morning sickness for over ten weeks
  • Over half of women (50%) are forced to restrict their diet because of morning sickness
  • 1 in 3 (33%) women have been late for work or not gone in at all because of morning sickness

Every pregnancy is unique and some women experience only mild nausea and a lucky few none at all. However for others symptoms can be more severe and last throughout their pregnancy. The term ‘morning sickness’ can however be rather misleading, as only 30% of women experienced morning sickness before noon, but 30% experienced the inconvenience of pregnancy nausea either later in the day or continuously throughout the day.

Morning sickness can also lead to women restricting once much-loved foods. Of those surveyed, 1 in 10 women were often unable to eat any hot food and 30% were unable to stomach favourites like bacon and spicy dishes. One in four women said that strong odours could trigger their morning sickness; unsurprisingly cigarette smoke emerged as the most common trigger, with fish odours coming a close second.

The survey also revealed women’s tried and tested remedies for morning sickness, with 40% of women opting for dry toast or a plain biscuit before getting up each morning, while 35% drank plenty of fluids to help alleviate their queasiness.

There are many tricks to try, such as acupressure – which has helped generations of women to ease their morning sickness. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has also confirmed the helpfulness of this therapy, along with other complementary remedies such as ginger in their new guidance.