Anyone who?s ever watched TV shows and movies know what morning sickness is ? that nauseated feeling that pregnant women get. However, the term ?morning sickness? is actually a misnomer since that queasy feeling in your stomach doesn?t always happen in the morning. In fact, it can happen any time during the day, especially during the first few months of pregnancy.
Morning sickness is one of the first symptoms of pregnancy. It usually starts to occur during the 6th week of pregnancy and often lasts up until the end of the first trimester. For some unlucky women, it can last far longer. The intensity of the nausea and vomiting are different from one woman to another. Also, though most people think that morning sickness involves nausea and vomiting, it isn?t always the case. In fact, around ? of pregnant women are only affected by nausea.
So, what causes the nausea? There is no real evidence to prove what really causes this symptom of pregnancy. Often, it can be a result of the increased hormones in a pregnant woman?s body. Some researchers believe that increased stress from the pregnancy can cause morning sickness. Others think that it is an odd combination of the physical changes in the woman?s body, combined with stress, and the increasing level of hormones. Whatever the cause, this symptom of pregnancy can certainly make life more challenging for any pregnant woman. The good news, though, is that occasional, mild, and moderate morning sickness will not harm you or your baby at all. Severe or extreme nausea and vomiting can, however. This is because too much vomiting, if left untreated, can cause you to become dehydrated and lacking in important nutrients. It can also cause your baby to have a low birth weight or to be born before his due date (preterm birth).
If you?re one of the ?unlucky? women who happen to experience this symptom, there are several things you can do to help with morning sickness. One is to avoid eating or even just smelling foods that cause you to feel nauseous. Stick to eating foods that don?t disagree with your stomach or your nose, even if it means that you may be eating them again and again for a while. Avoid spicy, rich, fried and fatty foods because they can be hard to digest or irritate your digestive system which can then trigger your morning sickness. Eating salty potato chips and watermelon, drinking lemonade, and even just smelling a slice of ginger or lemons can help alleviate your morning sickness. Eating soda crackers in the morning is also a good way to start the day nausea-free. ?In addition, try eating 6 to 8 smaller meals a day rather than 3 large ones. This will keep the acids in your stomach from eating up your stomach lining (whenever it?s empty) and making you feel like vomiting. Because smaller meals are also easier on your digestion, it will be less likely to trigger an attack of nausea. Lying down after eating and skipping meals, though, are to be avoided at all costs. Remember to drink fluids throughout the day because not only will it help you ease your nausea, it will also help you stay hydrated despite your vomiting.
Another way to help with morning sickness is to get plenty of rest, taking short naps within the day and getting a full 8 hours at night. Warm places can cause you to feel queasy so avoid staying in them. Doing some prenatal yoga or meditation can help ease any stress you are feeling which, in turn, can help reduce nausea.
While morning sickness can definitely make being pregnant less than pleasant, keep in mind that it usually doesn?t last long. Before you know it, you?ll be in your second trimester and back to eating with gusto.