Pregnant Morning Sickness
Pregnant Morning sickness, is a common problem that most assume a women will go through when they get pregnant, however, this isn’t necessarily true. Studies have been conducted which show that only around 50% of pregnant women experience vomiting and nausea which is associated with the condition morning sickness. Are you one of the women who hasn’t suffered from morning sickness when pregnant? Count yourself lucky as it can be quite unpleasant.
Morning sickness, which is misnamed because you can suffer from it during any time of the day: the morning, the middle of the day and the evening too, fortunately doesn’t usually interfere enough to cause any problems to the developing baby. Also, for most who have suffered, it rarely affects them past the 12 week mark of pregnancy. On occasion, some mothers don’t have morning sickness until quite late in the pregnancy, and some incredibly unfortunate mothers (those expecting twins, for example) can even suffer the condition for the full term. On the plus side, the fact that these symptoms are being experienced prove hormones in your body are working correctly.
There is no definite cause discovered for the presence of morning sickness, but many people have come up with different theories. Within the brain stem, there is a section that controls nausea and vomiting, and many reasons why this becomes excessively stimulated and causes morning sickness symptoms have been put forward. Some chalk it down to the presence of high levels of hCG, the pregnancy hormone, in the blood. Others suggest that rapid stretching of muscles in the uterus has something to do with it, excess stomach acid or the heightened sense of smell that a pregnant women has.
Amongst women who experience morning sickness, there can be varying degrees of nausea/vomiting that is endured. Some just feel slightly queasy every now and then, while others feel permanently nauseated, or vomit throughout the day several times.
Morning sickness tends to be most common and most severe in women who are experiencing pregnancy the first time around. This suggests that there are both psychological and physical factors which are causing the mother to experience morning sickness. A women who is learning how to cope with bearing her first child will be not as prepared for the change in hormones, than others who have experienced it before. Those first time mothers are also likely to be anxious and this can make them more susceptible to things that make their stomach churn. Women who already have kids may be more prepared for the barrage of hormones and the possibility of being distracted from the nausea by caring for other children in the family, may also play a part in why they don’t suffer as much.
Regardless of what causes it, morning sickness isn’t a nice experience for women, or anyone else in the family who has to look after them. Unfortunately, experts are not entirely sure on how to cure morning sickness (they are even less sure of this, than what the cause of it is). However, experts do agree on the fact that there are a myriad of ways that the symptoms of morning sickness can be alleviated.
These are a few things that pregnant women can try doing in order to minimize the effects of morning sickness, if they suffer from it:
Drinking a lot of fluids can help, especially if you are suffering from vomiting quite a lot as this rids the body of a lot of fluid. Preferably drink lots of milkshakes if your body can handle it, fruit juices, and eat different types of soup. If drinking liquids makes you feel really queasy, then eating food that has high water content might be a better option. Fresh fruit and vegetables like lettuces, melons and citrus fruit should help to increase your water intake without making you feel sick.
Having a diet that is high in complex carbohydrates and proteins will help your body to fight off nausea. Also, avoiding the smell, taste and even the sight of foods that trigger your queasiness, is helpful. Don’t go making food for someone else, if the contents of the meal are likely to make you feel sick while you’re making it. There’s no point in trying to force yourself into being around food or trying to eat food that’s going to make you feel worse. Stick with foods that your senses and your stomach can handle, and definitely don’t feel bad if you’re only eating sweet foods!
Also, don’t feel guilty if you’re eating lots. One of the best things you can do when you’re pregnant and suffering from morning sickness is to eat often, even when you don’t think you’re hungry. If you have an empty stomach, there is nothing in it for the acids there to digest except the lining of your stomach (and that can lead to very unpleasant side effects). It can trigger nausea and heartburn. So can a low amount of sugar in your blood, which is caused by not eating very often. Avoid large gaps between meals, having lots of smaller meals is better than eating a few large ones. Have plenty of snack foods on hand, for example, fruit and crackers, so that you can eat before you feel nauseas.
This may seem like common sense, but brush your teeth often or use mouth wash if you ever actually vomit while suffering from morning sickness. Also do it after every meal as it will reduce the likelihood of nausea and stops bacteria from eroding your teeth and gums if you have been sick a lot.
Tobacco smoke has also been proven to accelerate nausea, so if you’re a smoker, try to quit, and try to stay away from tobacco smoke as much as possible.
Minimizing stress for sufferers of morning sickness is extremely important. Those under a lot of stress, whether at home or in work, are more commonly affected by morning sickness more severely.
Another important thing to consider doing, is trying to do relaxing things, or being leisurely about tasks. Don’t get up and start running around after people straight away, wake up and stay laying in bed for at least 10 minutes or so before getting up. If other children you have in your family need to be looked after, try persuading somebody to help with the morning tasks e.g. your partner, while you get yourself ready to face another day.
Lastly, don’t take any medication that is meant to help treat morning sickness unless your doctor has prescribed it. Taking any form of medication should be a last resort, one only sought if there is a chance that your nutrition could be affecting your baby.
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