Tips To Beat Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of the primary concerns of pregnancy which can be very commonly seen in every portrayal of pregnant women. It was and continues to be, one of the first jolts that newly pregnant moms encounter before delving into the world of pregnancy.

Morning sickness also described as nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), is one of the most prominent symptoms of pregnancy. Despite the name 'morning sickness,' it can occur at any time during the day and are mostly experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy. Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if you experience extreme vomiting and struggle to keep your food down, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum can be dangerous to you, and your baby if severe and left untreated due to the potential lack of nutrients and electrolyte imbalances. The most crucial thing is to inform your doctor when these symptoms arise and discuss possible treatment options.

Causes

No one can be sure what causes nausea during pregnancy; however, it is a combination of the various physical changes taking place in your body when you get pregnant.  Some of the probable causes of morning sickness are:

Hormonal Changes:

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG): HCG and estrogen are two hormones which rise rapidly during early pregnancy and are considered to be the major causes of nausea and vomiting.

Smell sensitivity:

For a pregnant woman, certain aromas instantly trigger the gag reflex, which can cause morning sickness.

Sensitive stomach:

Some women's gastrointestinal tracts are simply more susceptible to the changes of early pregnancy which can lead to nausea and vomiting.

Stress:

There is no concrete evidence, some researchers have proposed that certain women are psychologically inclined to having vomiting and nausea during pregnancy as an unusual response to stress.

Do's

  • Eat smaller meals more often.
  • Drink fluids 1/2 an hour before or after a meal, but make sure not to drink along with your meals.
  • Drink adequate amount of fluids throughout the day to evade dehydration.
  • Ask someone else to cook for you if you can't stand the smell and aroma of food..
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Avoid warm places, as feeling hot adds to nausea.
  • Eat more of fruits and vegetables in your diet. Adding foods like lemon, ginger to your meals can provide additional comfort. You can eat them, or make drinks such as lemonades, ginger ale or ginger tea to get their benefits.
  • Indulge in some form of exercise regularly.

Don'ts

  • Do not lie down immediately after eating.
  • Do not skip meals.
  • Do not let this condition go unattended.
  • Do not cook or eat spicy food.

Prevention

There are certain things which can help one relieve morning sickness, or at least control them to a certain extent.

Choose foods carefully and select the kind of foods which are high in complex carbohydrates such as oats, brown rice, whole wheat bread, nuts, and legumes.

Protein foods might actually be just as beneficial. Nuts, legumes, and seeds are all high in B6, which might help reduce morning sickness, as well as provide you with the additional protein. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends taking vitamin B6 as the first-line treatment for morning sickness. Eating high-protein snacks will also help you meet your increased need for protein during pregnancy

Limit your intake of high fat, greasy and fatty foods as they are much difficult to digest

Snack often:

An empty stomach may make nausea worse. It is advised that one takes smaller snacks throughout the day rather than three larger meals.

Know your triggers:

Pay attention to nausea triggers and avoid foods or smells that seem to make your nausea worse. Knowing what makes you feel better and what makes you retch is important.

Breathe fresh air:

Take a walk in a garden or smell soothing essential oils which make you feel fresh. This way you can camouflage any triggering smells with your favorite smell.

Prenatal vitamins:

If you feel nauseous after taking prenatal vitamins, take the vitamins at night or with a snack. Chewing gum or sucking on a candy can also help after taking your prenatal vitamin. But skipping them because of nausea should never be an option

Get Help

If you are encountering excessive nausea and vomiting that prevents you from keeping any food down and is hindering you and your baby from getting the essential nutrients required.

If vomiting is followed by pain or fever

If nausea and vomiting persists well into the second trimester

More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness is extremely draining. Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if you experience excessive vomiting and cannot manage to keep your food down, you may need to contact your doctor.Even a mild case of nausea can pull your energy down and day-long nausea and vomiting can leave you fatigued and irritable. Many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well. It is important to be patient and let it pass as its just a phase in pregnancy.