When you get pregnant, you may experience nausea and vomiting. This is also called morning sickness. The symptoms may make you feel uncomfortable. You may wonder if this is a good sign. The answer is yes and no. Let’s see why.
Is morning sickness a good thing?
This is a complicated issue. It may be hard to know if your experience is good or bad. Morning sickness, or nausea, is a common sign of pregnancy. Morning sickness usually starts when you are at your 6th week of pregnancy and stops when you are at your 12th week of pregnancy. It can happen at any time, morning, afternoon, or evening. But the symptoms may be worse in the morning and get better later in the day.
A number of studies have shown that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are caused by the changes of hormones in the woman’s body. When you are pregnant, your body starts releasing the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG). This hormone is linked to nausea and vomiting. Women who are carrying more than one child are more likely to experience nausea and vomiting because the levels of HCG in their blood are higher. The hormone estrogen also contributes to the occurrence of morning sickness.
However, not experiencing morning sickness does not mean you have problems with your pregnancy. Excess nausea and vomiting can lead to nutrient deficiencies and electrolyte imbalances. This can harm you and your baby. If you have travel sickness or you feel uncomfortable with certain smells, morning sickness can be more disturbing.
What you can do to ease the symptoms
Eat small meals more frequently throughout the day. You should eat foods that are rich in proteins and carbohydrates. They provide more energy.
−Eat slowly so your body can absorb the foods better and you will feel full longer.
−Take fluids before or after you eat.
−Keep your favorite snacks such as crackers, cookies, yogurt or fruits near you so you can eat them whenever you want. They can provide you energy and nutrients. Snacks can also help you feel better when you are nauseated.
−Eat whenever you want, whenever you like, and whenever you can.
−Drink water, milk or fruit juices during the day to stay hydrated.
−Eat cool and cold foods may be helpful because hot foods may make you feel nauseated.
−Rinse your mouth before and after you eat to avoid bad tastes.
Gentle and low-impact exercises can help. Walking, cycling or swimming are recommended.
−Open the windows to get fresh air.
−Rest, relax and take naps when you can. Nausea and vomiting often get worse when you are tired.
−Ginger can help ease your stomach. Try drinks that contain ginger.
What to avoid?
−Try to avoid foods or non-foods things that can trigger your nausea such as a warm room, smells of perfume or a car ride.
−Avoid fatty foods. Spicy, fried, or acidic foods should also be avoided. These foods can irritate your digestive system.
−Do not drink fluids when you are eating. Do not drink too much at one time. You can feel full so you may eat less foods.
−Do not jump out of the bed right after you wake up.
−Do not lie down right after you eat. Try to do some gentle activities.
−Do not skip meals although nausea and vomiting can make you feel that you do not want to eat anything.
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Review Date: August 30, 2017 | Last Modified: August 30, 2017
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