Keeping some plain crackers, rice cakes or chocolate at your bedside and eat something the moment you wake to raise your blood sugar. Picture: Pixabay

Morning sickness normally occurs 4 to 5 weeks into the pregnancy and affects up to 70 percent of pregnant women. 

But unlike its name, it can occur any time of the day due to changes in hormone levels. 

It may be hard to believe while trying desperately not to chug this morning’s breakfast, but take comfort in the thought that symptoms level off at the end of the first trimester.

Coping with acute morning sickness:

In the meantime, Pampers have formulated a number of prevention strategies, including:

  • Keeping some plain crackers, rice cakes or chocolate at your bedside and eat something the moment you wake to raise your blood sugar before you get up;

  • Instead of eating 3 large meals a day, eat 5 to 6 small meals to avoid an empty stomach and keep your blood sugar stable;

  • Stay away from spicy or greasy foods, avoid becoming overheated and sweaty and get adequate rest;

  • Nutritional experts recommend taking 50-100 milligrams of a vitamin B6 supplement to prevent nausea.