The good news is, you’re pregnant. The bad news is, you will probably feel sick for at least the first trimester. It is the best experience for every woman but it is not easy to bring up a child in your womb. For many women, the toughest part of early pregnancy and pregnancy health is morning sickness. Morning sickness, also called nausea gravidarum, nausea, vomiting of pregnancy (emesis gravidarum or NVP), or pregnancy sickness is a condition that affects more than half of all pregnant women. Morning sickness can be there all the day, and it can last throughout your pregnancy. It’s probably caused by a combination of the many physical changes taking place in your body now you’re pregnant. These changes include rapidly increasing estrogen levels, an enhanced sense of smell, excess stomach acids, and increased fatigue. Some researchers think that stress and emotions also play a part in morning sickness. If you are also suffering from this problem, here are some tips for how to deal with morning sickness:
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Dealing with morning sickness
Take plenty of rest
You must ensure you get a good night´s sleep. You might also consider a maternity body pillow that will properly help you support your back and stomach. Sometimes taking naps during the day may help. Avoid moving around straight after eating. Give yourself a break. Your body’s working overtime on growing that baby — you deserve small break from work.
Eat small and frequent meals
Rather than eating three large meals a day, keep snacking and eating smaller meals throughout the day. Try not to let yourself get hungry; an empty stomach can increase nausea. Focus on eating foods that are considered “stomach-friendly” – like yogurt, and starchy carbohydrates. It is important to always have some kind of food in your stomach, as this will lower your chances of experiencing nausea.
Avoid some foods
You must avoid high-fat foods – especially fried foods – and stay away from spicy and acidic foods. Avoid caffeine as well.
When you’re experiencing morning sickness, you will want to drink plenty of water. Dehydration can make your nausea in pregnancy worse. Being hydrated is crucial for good health and very important during pregnancy. Some mothers with morning sickness may not feel like consuming their recommended eight glasses of water per day, especially if their stomachs seem not to let them. However, the more dehydrated you are, the more nauseated you will become.
Take ginger and its products
Ginger has been used for centuries to treat nausea. Ginger has long been touted as a stomach soother and there have also been a number of scientific studies that prove that ginger is effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Add a bit of ginger to your diet in the form of ginger ale, ginger tea or gingersnaps. Or use ginger in your recipes. Some people take ginger pills to get the ginger herb directly into the stomach.
Go for fresh scents
Morning sickness is very much smell-associated – the pregnant mother becomes more sensitive to odors. Certain ugly smells, smells you cannot get away from, and potent smells such as perfumes can trigger an episode of unpleasant nausea. Estrogen is the hormone that’s responsible for the sense of smell, and if you’re a high estrogen hormone person — like when you’re pregnant. Carry a bottle of lemon extract or a sprig of fresh rosemary in your bag.
Some pregnant women use acupuncture wrist bands to help relieve their morning sickness. Applying pressure on specific points on the body to control symptoms has been shown to help some women with morning sickness. In this case, it involves wearing a special band on your forearm. You can wear them whenever you are starting to feel nauseous, and they may prevent you from vomiting.
It is important to try to take your mind off the nauseous feelings. Finding things to do might not be easy. Reading a book, doing puzzles, watching television, playing cards, or going for short walks can help you in distracting your mind from these nauseous feelings. Nausea’s not easy to ignore, but finding something to take your mind off it may help you forget it for a while.
Wear loose and comfortable clothes
Restrictive or tight clothing may exacerbate the symptoms of morning sickness. Studies have found that pregnant mothers with nausea who switched from tight to loose-fitting clothing reported either reduced symptoms or none at all.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is an excessive vomiting during pregnancy. This may lead to dehydration and malnutrition. A woman with hyperemesis gravidarum may weigh over 5% less than she did before she was pregnant. As a last resort, when you can’t get any of the traditional morning sickness remedies to work, contact your physician. If you have severe, persistent nausea and vomiting, see your doctor or nurse-midwife immediately. This uncommon complication of pregnancy can lead to dehydration and malnutrition, sometimes requiring prescribed medicine or hospitalization. Remember that morning sickness won’t last forever, and for most women, it will go away in the second trimester. Morning sickness is caused by all the hormonal changes that are occurring in your pregnant body. So don’t panic and stay cool!