Morning sickness

Morning sickness

Morning sickness is, along with nausea and vomiting, one of the early pregnancy signs appearing in expecting moms, being also one of the most unpleasant and undesirable signs of pregnancy.

Generally appearing during the first trimester, pregnancy morning sickness is not always present – there are fortunate women who experience no morning sickness during the gestation period, although they do have cravings and they suddenly start disliking foods they liked before pregnancy.

What is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness is defined as sickness, nausea and vomiting appearing in expecting women but contrary to the general opinion and despite its name, morning sickness doesn’t manifest only during the first hours of the day. In some women, severe morning sickness lasts all day long, intensity varying from one moment to another.

Usually, morning sickness in pregnancy disappears after week 14 of pregnancy, but for a small percentage of expecting moms, the symptom continues to persist until delivery, making coping with morning sickness even more difficult.

Morning Sickness – What Causes It?

It’s widely accepted that what causes morning sickness is the surge and the continuous changes in hormonal levels. As the placenta develops and starts releasing pregnancy hormones – HCG, estrogen, progesterone – in large amounts, the internal balance of the mom’s body is disrupted and sickness is one of the mechanisms through which the organism responds to these changes.

Also listed among the causes of morning sickness responsible for the occurrence of this manifestation are the enhanced sense of smell and the increasing sensitivity to odors that’s typical for expecting moms. Pregnant women often feel overwhelmed by certain smells and odors and gag reflex is sometimes instantly triggered by certain aromas.

The gastrointestinal tract becomes more sensitive as well and the balance between positive and negative bacteria is changed, so there are higher chances for a pregnant woman to accuse gastric reflux, vomiting and nausea even when a healthy diet during pregnancy is maintained.

What You Need to Know about Morning Sickness

Sickness appearing in the morning is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms so it’s quite difficult to avoid if you’re prone to developing it. Some women experience no morning sickness during their gestation period, while others find it extremely difficult and stressful to cope with it due to the frequent sickness, nausea and vomiting episodes.

If you’re among those women who are often affected by this symptom, you can try to stop morning sickness and vomiting by eating at the same hours and having a strict meals schedule. You can also get rid of morning sickness by walking for half an hour after meals and avoiding spicy foods.

One of the ways to stop morning sickness is that you should not lie down right after eating and you should stand up slowly as dizziness and nausea often appear when the expecting mom rushes to stand up.

Morning Sickness – What Can You Do About It

First solution to morning sickness cures is eating smaller meals, more often. By reducing portion sizes, stomach doesn’t get filled so risks for vomiting and nausea to appear are lower. Drinking water after and before meals but never during them seems to ease morning sickness.

You can also try home remedies for morning sickness like eating soda crackers, sniffing lemons, and drinking lemonade. Taking ginger or drink a ginger tea for morning sickness are good natural remedies for morning sickness. Eating potato chips and high proteins foods was found to reduce the frequency of vomiting episodes.

Other relief for morning sickness includes getting plenty of rest during the day, cooking with windows wide open, avoiding physical activities after meals, limiting the intake of fatty foods and increasing the intake of vitamin B6 for morning sickness.

For more information on nausea and morning sickness, be sure to take your time and read our pregnancy symptoms articles: early pregnancy symptoms and no pregnancy symptoms

Last reviewed on 25/01/2013

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