What Should You Know About Pregnancy and Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is a major life event for both the would-be mom and the would-be dad. For most couples, it is a time of joy and pure bliss – until mommy’s body changes start to kick in. Now you not only have to deal with accommodating the fetus growing inside of you but you also have to learn how to cope with fatigue, mood swings and most of all, morning sickness.

Pregnancy Morning Sickness

Pregnancy Morning Sickness

Contrary to its name, morning sickness does not only occur in the morning. Some pregnant women experience morning sickness during the morning but it can persist throughout the day. In short, morning sickness can strike at anytime of the day, depending on various factors.

Morning sickness is characterized by symptoms of nausea and vomiting. It usually starts during the fourth or sixth week of pregnancy and may last for a month or two. The duration varies from individual to individual and may also be influenced by factors like being sensitive to certain smells and odors and the fact that a pregnant woman’s stomach is still adjusting to body changes brought about by early pregnancy.

There are several ways to combat nausea and vomiting. Apart from the anti-emetic medicine that your doctor might prescribe to you, you can take precautions and make use of natural remedies to help relieve nausea and vomiting.

Since most pregnant women seem to have developed a more enhanced sense of smell, it is advisable for you to avoid smells and odors that make you feel queasy and nauseous. Avoid food that has strong smell which might trigger your gag reflex.

It is also helpful to note that trigger smells and odors are not only limited to those generated from food and drinks but also includes perfumes, room odors, paints and so on. Another thing is to ensure that your stomach is never empty.

Since you are already eating for two, you might think that it is important to always eat more than the usual and eat more frequently than you did back then. However, according to studies, it is more advisable for you to eat small but frequent meals throughout the day.

That way, you don’t end up barfing excess food or vomiting because of an empty stomach. The same logic applies to drinks. Avoid drinking too much fluid all at one time. It is advisable for you to drink considerable amounts of fluid throughout meal and snack times and even in between.

Try downing ginger ales made with real ginger as ginger is known to relieve queasiness and stomach upset.

Ginger Tea

Ginger tea

If you can’t find authentic ginger ales, try making your own ginger tea by placing freshly grated ginger into hot water. You can also look for ginger candies usually available in stores and supermarkets.

Acupressure bands have also achieved popularity among pregnant women who experience morning sickness. Although originally used to ward of seasickness, some pregnant women have been relieved of nausea through this inexpensive device usually sold in drugstores and pharmacies.

Getting relief from morning sickness does not only rid pregnant women of stress but also ensures that the growing fetus is receiving ample nutrients from the mom’s diet. If a pregnant woman feels nauseated and vomits for prolonged periods of time, there is a high chance that the fetus is no longer receiving proper nutrition.

Because of this, mothers who suffer from morning sickness even after their first trimester are often admitted to hospitals to receive fluids and medication. This will help protect the baby from being born preterm or with low birth weight.

Eason is the colleague of the owner of PregnancyRoad.us He own a health care website Natural Health Care Reviews  which focus on Natural health remedies and tips.

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