Morning sickness strike
many pregnant women. In some women, the symptoms are mild whereas some women
experience adverse symptoms. Read on to learn about the causes of morning
sickness during pregnancy and tips for dealing with its
Morning sickness or nausea is
one of the common symptoms of pregnancy. The symptoms of morning sickness are
prominent during the first trimester of pregnancy and they are likely to fade
away or get minimised by the second trimester. However, some women may continue
to experience it throughout their pregnancy. With proper care and right
management it is quite easy to deal with the symptoms of morning sickness. So,
there is no need to worry.
Listed below are some of the
common concerns of pregnant women related to morning
sickness and nausea. Take a quick look at
What causes morning
The stem of the brain acts
as the command centre for nausea and vomiting. This area gets stimulated by the
high levels of beta hCG (a pregnancy hormone), present in the blood in the
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 centre is extremely sensitive is
likely to suffer severe symptoms. Besides this, stress and fatigue also
play their part in contributing to morning
Do all women experience morning
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 have had, do consult your doctor.
Will morning sickness affect me only in
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
I keep throwing up, how my baby will get
fortunately, does not 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
How can my symptoms be
Here is how you can take
care of the symptoms of morning sickness during
Carbohydrates and protein combat
nausea so make sure you eat well.
Fluids are lost due to vomiting,
so you must increase your fluid intake.
Drink fruit and vegetables juices,
soups and broth. You could also try solids with a high water content e.g.
melons, citrus fruits, lettuce.
If you cannot manage to eat or
drink, you could ask your doctor for an antenatal vitamin
Let your eyes, nose and tongue
guide you in selecting correct food. Avoid the sight and smell of foods that
make you queasy.
Avoid smoke and
Eat smaller amounts at regular
Low blood sugar is caused by long
gaps between meals. It can also trigger nausea. Consequently, eat before nausea
strikes i.e. eat before going to bed and before stepping out of it in the
Always have a high carbohydrate
snack close on hand.
Get enough sleep and relaxation.
Brush your teeth and rinse your
mouth after each bout of vomiting. It will reduce nausea and decrease the risk
of damage to your teeth.
Sea bands put pressure on the
inner wrist and reduce nausea.
Why am I salivating so
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.
If you are coping
with adverse symptoms of nausea or morning sickness which are difficult to
handle, you must consult your doctor. You doctor will suggest appropriate
measures to help you deal with such symptoms and to sail through your pregnancy
smoothly. As these symptoms are completely harmless to your baby, you need not
worry much and focus on staying healthy and happy throughout your
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