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Morning sickness: when does it start and how to prevent it

Morning sickness: when does it start and how to prevent it

Morning sickness: when does it start and how to prevent it

Contents of the article

  • What is morning sickness?
  • What causes nausea during pregnancy?
  • Nausea prevention strategies
  • Coping with morning sickness
  • How long does morning sickness last?

 

What is morning sickness?

Nausea, which is sometimes accompanied by vomiting, is an early pregnancy symptom. 50 to 70 percent of pregnant women suffer from it in the first trimester of pregnancy. Nausea is not only a normal symptom, but it is also usually a sign of a healthy pregnancy.

This habit is called "morning sickness" because this is often the time when the symptoms are most severe. But you may feel nauseous and vomit at any time of the day during your pregnancy.

What causes nausea during pregnancy?

The cause of these symptoms is thought to be the pregnancy hormone hCG, produced by the developing placenta, which helps maintain the pregnancy. But other factors may contribute to this as well, such as low blood sugar, increased stomach acid, stress and fatigue.

Nausea prevention strategies

  • Keep some regular crackers, rice cakes, or even a piece of chocolate by your bedside and eat something in the morning as soon as you wake up, to raise your blood sugar level before you get out of bed.
  • Instead of eating three large meals a day, eat five to six small meals to avoid an empty stomach and keep your blood sugar stable.
  • Include in your diet sufficient amounts of protein (meat, fish, eggs and cheese) and complex carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables and grains) to meet the requirements of your developing baby.
  • Some nutritionists recommend taking 50 to 100 milligrams of a vitamin B6 supplement to prevent nausea. Take your regular prenatal vitamin, too.
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods, avoid excessive heat and sweating, and get adequate rest.

Coping with morning sickness

When you feel nauseous, try the following:

  • relax. Breathe in slowly - inhaling through the nose and exhaling through the mouth - or try visual imagery, focusing on something pleasant.
  • Avoid seeing, smelling, and tasting foods or other substances (such as tobacco smoke) that make you nauseous.
  • Suck on ice chips, or suck on a lemon that was cut a little while ago.
  • If brushing your teeth causes nausea, try mouthwash instead. Use it often to keep your mouth fresh.
  • Try drinking a cup of milk or taking two calcium tablets to neutralize the acid in your stomach.
  • Try ginger, as it is a natural remedy for nausea. Crush it on vegetables and other foods.
  • Drink chamomile tea or ginger tea.
  • Maintain fluid intake, even if you don't feel like eating solids. It may also help not to mix solids and liquids in one meal.

If your symptoms of nausea and vomiting are constant (occur more than once or twice each day), prevent you from eating or drinking completely, or persist after the first trimester, you should inform your healthcare provider.

How long does morning sickness last?

The good news is that for most women, morning sickness ends in the fourth month of pregnancy, when hormone levels start to drop a bit.

Always remind yourself that nausea is normal and will soon go away - and think about the positive side of being pregnant and the happiness that awaits you with your baby's arrival.

 

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