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Some women may suffer from nausea, vomiting, tiredness, constipation, back ache and heartburn early in pregnancy. Below are some common remedies or things to try that may help. For further information ask your LMC.

Acupuncture may also be of benefit with these common early pregnancy ailments. Hutt Maternity have a free Acupuncture clinic at the hospital. To make enquires phone Maternity Enquires on (04) 5666 999 ext. 8163 or 8164, 8.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday.
Warning: this is very popular within our service so make contact early if you think you would like an appointment. 


A large number of women experience nausea (and even vomiting) during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. It can range from morning through to night. It will normally subside after 13 weeks gestation. Some tips to help you cope:

  • Eat small, frequent, nutritious meals throughout the day, rather than large meals less often
  • Avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea
  • Women find that eating crackers or dry toast can help settle their nausea before they get out of bed
  • Drink lots of fluids between meals


Most women feel tired in the first 12-13 weeks of pregnancy, while their body is undergoing lots of changes. Rest as much as you are able. Use your support networks to help with household chores. Other tips:

  • Put your feet up during you lunch break
  • If you have other children rest when they do
  • Again small frequent meals will help keep your energy levels up
  • Go to bed earlier, or sleep in when you can


Pregnancy hormones can make the muscles of your intestines relax. This means food moves more slowly through your digestive system in turn causing constipation.

  • Eat lots of fruit and vegetables
  • Increase your dietary fibre (Bran muffins may help – but don’t overdo it)
  • Drink plenty of water

Talk to your specialist if it continues to be a problem


As your pregnancy develops your posture changes, especially in the later weeks of pregnancy. Your hormones also soften all the ligaments around your joints. Be aware of your posture, squat to pick up heavy items rather than bending from the waist. Support your back when sitting with extra pillows.


Heartburn or indigestion is very common in pregnancy, due to the hormonal changes in your body. The valve at the top of the stomach relaxes and stomach acids move upwards, causing the burning sensation. Our tips:

  • Eat smaller meals, more often
  • Don’t lie down straight away after a meal, allow time for digestion
  • Try lying semi flat, with pillows behind you back
  • Avoid very hot and spicy foods

If you have concerns about any of the above seek advice from your LMC.

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