Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
Morning sickness is common, and many times, the first sign of pregnancy. It is one of the symptoms of being pregnant and one of the side effects of pregnancy. It usually develops during the month following the first missed menstrual period. By this time, the hormone levels increase. Despite the name, pregnant women can feel nauseous at any time of the day. Although an empty stomach is thought to be making it worse, then mornings are a typical time for its onset.
Not all pregnant women will be hit with an unpleasant feeling of morning sickness, although most women will do experience it to some extent, from a sense of nausea to a terrible sick feeling accompanied with vomiting.
What causes morning sickness
It’s not clear what causes it, but probably changes in hormone levels are the most significant factor. Hormones affect your digestive system, which can lead to higher levels of acid in the stomach.
Pregnant women are much more sensitive to taste and smell, which can trigger nausea when unpleasant or strong odors are around.
Finally, prenatal stress is also a contribution. We know that the changes that come with pregnancy are causing anxiety, and pregnant women have more intense emotions.
There is no way of foreseeing how long your morning sickness will last. Generally, nausea and vomiting last till about 13 – 20 weeks into pregnancy. However, some women continue to feel ill throughout their pregnancy.
There is no simple treatment. The following tips should work for you when you get that queasy feeling during the day.
What helps with morning sickness
As previously mentioned, an empty stomach can aggravate nausea, so snack little and often to keep food in your stomach at all time to tie up the acid. You should keep a couple of biscuits by your bed for if you wake up during the night.
You may find that eating small meals and having a little drink, rather than the usual portions, is more comfortable for the stomach. Each meal should contain some protein and carbohydrate, like a whole grain biscuit with mozzarella and cucumber. You should avoid tomato, and orange juice, because they are acidic and may increase your acid secretion. Choose the foods you know will entice your appetite. Dislike for some food because of nausea are perfectly reasonable and understandable.
How to get rid of morning sickness
Do not pop out of bed immediately, because it can cause you vertigo and nausea.
Avoid spicy, fried and fatty foods
Steer clear of shops, restaurants, food, and people with a strong smell and fragrance.
Don’t try to cook when you don’t feel good enough.
Nausea relief with home remedies
Ginger tea in the morning and before meals relieves nausea.
Try some exercise like yoga or walk
Eat small snacks often.
Take B6 vitamin
Try smelling lemon, mint or orange essential oils
Remedies for travel sickness also help, but you shouldn’t take any medication while pregnant without consulting your doctor.
Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy and doesn’t harm you or your baby in any way. Although in acute cases, you may not be able to keep food or liquids down, and if it persists, you may dehydrate, which can be dangerous for you and the baby.
Finally, when you feel sick, do not worry too much about what you eat. Energy supply is more important than a balanced diet at the moment so you may eat anything that tickles your fancy!
However, if you experience severe, persistent nausea and vomiting, contact your midwife or general practitioner. This rare complication of pregnancy (hyperemesis gravidarum) can lead to dehydration and malnutrition. Sometimes only prescription medication helps ease your nausea and vomiting, and in some cases, it requires hospital treatment. Although you should avoid most drugs during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, some medications are perfectly safe for the developing baby.