Nausea in the mornings is one of the symptoms of pregnancy you should be looking for and something that most pregnant women wish they didn’t have to deal with. Here are some tips to help you deal with this disorder when it arises.
The Onset of Morning Sickness in the Early Stage of Pregnancy
Around three in every four women suffer from morning sickness during pregnancy. It doesn’t happen to everyone and it can vary in its degree of severity between women. Some women may find they have very light, infrequent bouts of morning sickness that only last for a few weeks and then dissipate. Others may find that they are dealing with morning sickness the entire way through the pregnancy term.
When morning sickness strikes, it is not limited to the morning as its moniker suggests. It can occur at any given moment of the day or night, taking you completely by surprise. Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), typically begin at the second week of pregnancy, however, some women may only experience it at around the four to six week mark. The feeling of morning sickness can be accompanied with bouts of food aversion and sensitivity to smells and odors.
Dealing with Morning Sickness
Feeling queasy? Here are some quick tips to help you get control of your morning sickness.
#1 Stick to foods that appeal to you. Avoid anything exotic that may spark you food aversions and a bout of nausea.
#2 Try and eat as healthy as you can. Reducing inflammation in your GI tract is important to prevent a gut bacteria imbalance that could send your running for the toilet. Skip the sugar and processed carbohydrates.
#3 Stick to savories and avoid sweets wherever possible. The extra sugar in your diet isn’t good for you or your baby and can incite a bout of morning sickness by playing havoc with your blood-glucose levels. If you must have something sweet, try a sweet melon or a piece of fruit instead of candy.
#4 Eat as Early in the Day as you can. Your body is most active in the morning and getting your calories in before things turn sour is a good way to avoid any nausea or vomiting. Make your breakfast as soon as you can after rising and try to avoid eating late at night.
#5 Stay hydrated. Water is important, make sure that you are getting your eight glasses in every day. Avoid drinking two to three hours before bed to reduce the need to get up in the night to pee.
#6 As a last resort, try medication. Avoiding medication wherever you can will be healthier for you and your baby. However, if you just can’t deal with nausea and it is severely impacting your quality of life and ability to function, speak to your doctor about a pharmaceutical alternative to your morning sickness.
The Causes of Morning Sickness
Medical professionals are not exactly clear on what causes morning sickness. Many have tried to tie it down to elevated levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen, that occur in the early stages of pregnancy, but no one is completely sure why it occurs.