Morning Sickness

Morning  Sickness

Morning Sickness may be defined as the nausea and vomiting experienced during pregnancy, particularly in the first trimester. Although morning sickness is more common in the morning, it can occur at anytime of the day or night. It tends to go away later in pregnancy, and it's almost always gone by the second trimester In other words, we can say that Morning Sickness is nausea, with or without vomiting, during pregnancy. Almost 50 to 80 percent of the pregnant women face this problem during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, in some women, it can last till the third trimester as well.

Symptoms of Morning Sickness

Some of the common symptoms of Morning Sickness are:

  • Nausea and Vomiting: increase in hormone production is credited with causing nausea during pregnancy. Vomiting is the most common symptom of morning sickness, but does not always leaded by nausea.
  • Aches and Pains: swollen and tender breasts, back aches, headaches and constipation are common symptoms of morning sickness. Changes in hormones can result in changes in the breasts. Wearing a supportive bra can help ease the discomfort.
  • Emotional and Physiological: exhaustion, feeling sleepy, food cravings and increased sense of smell are other morning sickness symptoms. Exhaustion, or an overall sense of feeling worn out, is a result of all the additional work your body is doing to grow and nurture a baby.                                                              

Causes of Morning Sickness

The most common causes of Morning Sickness are:

  • Hormones. The pregnancy hormone enters the bloodstream in high levels in the first trimester of pregnancy. These high hormone levels may trigger activity in the nausea and vomiting center of the brain, which is located in the brainstem.
  • Muscle relaxation in the digestive tract. During pregnancy, the muscles of the gastrointestinal tract relax, slowing the digestion somewhat and possibly contributing to nausea.
  • Heightened sense of smell. Pregnant women experience a heightened sense of smell during pregnancy that can transform unpleasant odors into unbearable, nausea-producing scents.
  • Excessive salivation.  

Home remedies for Morning Sickness

Some effective Home Remedies for Morning Sickness are:

  • Drinking a little bit of lemon juice or eating mustard is helpful; also there is a chewable pill called bonine that is reasonably inexpensive.
  • Eat dry biscuits or plain toast as soon as you wake to line your stomach and fill your tummy with something that wont make you sick. you'll find you dont get sick when your stomach isn't empty.
  • Drink tonic water with lemon juice.
  • Salty foods like French fries, crackers, potato chips, pretzels.
  • Take a teaspoon of fresh lime juice, a teaspoon mint juice, a tablespoon honey, and a 1/2 teaspoon ginger juice frequently.
  • Drink alfalfa, ginger, peach leaf, peppermint, or red raspberry tea for quick relief.
  • Ginger is a good way to help with morning sickness, but a physician should be consulted before taking large quantities, especially in cases with a history of miscarriage.
  • Take a teaspoon lime juice, a teaspoon mint juice, and a tablespoon sugar three times a day.
  • Take the juice of 15 or 20 curry leaves with two teaspoons lime juice and a teaspoon of sugar in the morning.

Morning Sickness Treatment and advice

  • Eat small, frequent meals. When the stomach is empty, it produces acid that irritates the stomach lining. In addition, an empty stomach can cause low blood sugar, which can also cause nausea.
  • Eat foods high in proteins and complex carbohydrates. Protein foods (e.g., eggs, cheese, and yogurt) and complex carbohydrates (e.g., whole-grain breads and cereals, dried beans and peas, and baked potatoes) discourage stomach upset and are also beneficial to both mother and baby.
  • Avoid foods and beverages that do not sound appealing. Pregnant women usually experience at least one food aversion. The more appetizing a food appears to be, the more likely it is to stay down.
  • Stay hydrated. Dehydration can worsen nausea, so pregnant women should drink plenty of fluids. If a woman has an aversion to fluids, she can eat foods with a high water content, such as watermelon, grapes, and other fruits.
  • If liquids are vomited, sucking ice cubes made from water or fruit juice or trying lollipops.

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