A common symptom experienced by many pregnant women during early pregnancy is morning sickness
As the name suggests this is a problem that happens in the morning, but for some, it can occur at any time of the day or even at night.
It is generally seen that 8 out of 10 women feel nauseated at some time of the day during pregnancy and 6 out of 10 women experience pregnancy-related vomiting. Women can suffer from morning sickness so severe that they may have difficulty in doing their daily household chores as well as in the office.
It is generally seen that morning sickness begins from the 6th week of the pregnancy and may last up to the beginning of the second trimester. Apart from that 1 out of 10 women suffer from nausea and vomiting throughout their pregnancy.
Causes of morning sickness
It is still not precisely known what causes morning sickness. The doctors are not able to find out the exact cause of this pregnancy symptom. Though it is suggested, that morning sickness can be caused because of the hormonal changes that come into the body because of the pregnancy.
A, for sure hormones, are to be blamed. Blood pressure fluctuations, changes in carbohydrate metabolism, enormous physical and chemical changes in the body triggered by the pregnancy can also be some possible causes for morning sickness.
Women who have a family history of morning sickness or have had experienced morning sickness during the previous pregnancies are also likely to suffer from the condition.
Generally, morning sickness does not cause any complication to the unborn baby. Vomiting being and a physical act can bring pain to the abdominal muscles to pregnant women. She may feel weak and tired in the process. The amniotic fluid sac perfectly cushions the fetus and keeps the baby protected. An average amount of morning sickness is said to lower the risk of miscarriage.
Tips to cope up with morning sickness.
Some tips that can help pregnant women to cope with morning sickness are as follows-
- Plenty of sleep and physical rest is a must.
- Eating in small quantities frequently can help. The stomach should never be too full or empty. Both the conditions can worsen the feeling of nausea.
- Morning sickness can be relieved by taking foods which are dry, salty or high in carbohydrates.
- Eating high protein snacks between main meals can also help.
- Spicy and fatty food can increase the feeling of morning sickness. Avoid foods that can intensify nausea.
- Nausea is triggered by the smell of food also. Eating cold food helps as they have less of the aroma than hot foods.
- Intake of fluids should be increased between meals instead of during meals. Sports drinks and diluted juices are healthy options.
- Choose foods and beverages that contain ginger, since ginger helps in relieving the feeling of nausea.
- Vitamin B6 supplements have shown excellent results in helping to reduce nausea.
- Acupressure points help to combat morning sickness. Wearing an acupressure wristband may help tremendously.
Morning sickness can be accompanied by several times vomiting, weight loss and dehydration. If you are pregnant and suffering from morning sickness, the above self-care tips will be quite useful in relieving you from the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
If none of the above tips helps you, you might need to consult with a doctor and resort to medicines to help you fight morning sickness.