Morning sickness- the symptom that all women who have become pregnant are very much familiar with. It basically refers to the nausea and dizziness that strike after waking up from bed. Although it’s very common during early phase of pregnancy, some women handle it very well.
In this article we shall let you know everything about morning sickness.
Symptoms associated with morning sickness
As said before, the characteristic symptoms are nausea, dizziness and vomiting (optional). You will experience this as soon as you wake up in the morning. For some these symptoms continue throughout the day, for other this blue phase is just a morning affair.
Along with that, some women also experience loss of appetite. The experience varies from one woman to another.
What is the duration of morning sickness?
You can be hit by morning sickness as early as two weeks of conceiving your baby or during the 4th week of pregnancy. In most cases, it goes away by the 12 th or 14 th week. However, in very rare cases, the symptoms linger throughout the gestation period.
What causes morning sickness?
Doctors assume that changes in hormones (increased levels of estrogen and Hcg hormone) inside the body along with physical transformation during pregnancy might lead to morning sickness.
If it’s your second baby then the intensity of morning sickness may be less.
Is morning sickness serious?
Morning sickness is not harmful to the mother or the baby.
However, if you are underweight and the symptoms like vomiting is persistent and severe then it might affect the weight of your baby too. Furthermore, chances of dehydration are also high.
When to see a doctor?
It’s better to inform your doctor whenever you experience the first signs of morning sickness.
Also do not neglect symptoms like- increased heartbeat, excessive lightheadedness, change in color of urine, absence of hunger or any other unusual symptoms.
Is there any treatment of morning sickness?
Morning sickness doesn’t require any treatment. You doctor might give you anti nausea or anti vomiting pills if you experience them too much.
Furthermore, you will be given appetite enhancers like vitamin B supplements so that your nutritional intake is not affected.
Women who get dehydrated due to excessive vomiting might require IV drip lines.
In most cases, you can try different tactics at home to get over the discomfort that affects you in morning hours.
Managing morning sickness at home
Do not keep your stomach empty- Empty stomach in the morning will trigger nausea. So always keep some food beside to munch on immediately after waking up. A slice of bread toast, whole wheat crackers, oats biscuits, etc. are some excellent options.
Ginger beats morning sickness: Stock in ginger candies with you and suck on them in the morning hours. It will help overcome dizziness and nausea. The other option is to sip in some ginger tea or a teaspoon of ginger juice after waking up. This will offer you relief throughout the day.
Avoid bending low- Activities like bending and then getting up quickly makes dizziness worse. So avoid them. Also try not to stand continuously.
Avoid triggers- Food aversions and sensitivity to smell during pregnancy are triggers for morning sickness. So avoid getting exposed to that particular smell or eat that food which is distasteful to you.
Divert your mind- Do not just lie down on the bed whole day. After getting up in the morning you can do several activities that would help overcome the discomfort. Examples are- listening to music, practicing breathing and meditation, watching television, enjoying hobby, etc.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: December 29, 2014