What causes morning sickness
The stem of the brain acts as the
command center for nausea and vomiting. This area gets stimulated by the
high levels of beta hCG (a pregnancy hormone), present in the blood in
the first trimester. The uterine muscles are also in the process of stretching
to capacity, whereas the muscle tissue of the digestive tract starts to
relax. This creates acid in the stomach, enhances your sense of smell and
makes digestion sluggish. A woman whose command center is extremely sensitive
is likely to suffer severe symptoms. Besides this, stress and fatigue also
play their part in contributing to morning sickness.
Do all women experience morning sickness
Only 50% of all women experience
nausea, queasiness and vomiting. These symptoms are a reassuring sign that
your hormones are doing their job. But if there is a total lack of symptoms,
or you lose those that you've had, do consult your doctor.
Will morning sickness affect me only in the mornings
Not at all. Some women experience
discomfort only when they wake up in the mornings, others experience anytime
in the day or all day long. There is no fixed rule. Though it is termed
morning sickness, it can strike on a regular basis at noon or even at night.
I keep throwing up, how will my baby get nourished
Morning sickness, fortunately, doesn't
interfere with the nutrition that your baby receives. The baby lives off
your energy and it is normally the mother who suffers. Therefore, it is
important for you to eat the right foods and get plenty of rest.
How can my symptoms be alleviated
Ptyalism or excessive saliva is a common symptom of pregnancy. It is more common in women suffering from morning sickness and disappears after a few months. Though unpleasant, it is completely harmless.