Morning sickness during pregnancy
Morning sickness is quite common during pregnancy and women can experience nausea and vomiting due to this. This may not only happen during the morning, but nausea can be felt at any time of the day during pregnancy. This happens mostly during the first four months of pregnancy and is the first indicator that a woman is pregnant.
A pregnant woman has to go through many things like tenderness around the nipples, increased frequency of urine, or blue veins across her chest. Morning sickness with an icky feeling in the pit of your stomach can leave you feeling queasy and bad, but it can be treated easily. About 75% of women suffer from these symptoms in the first trimester of pregnancy and this nauseous feeling starts with the sunrise and may hit during any time of the day. The sense of smell is quite acute in a newly pregnant woman and morning sickness can be due to particular foods and smells.
Morning sickness symptoms do not go beyond 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy for most of the women and though these symptoms can make you feel lousy, they do not harm your baby. Here are a few symptoms that pregnant women feel:
- Nausea feeling, queasy feeling like car-sickness or sea-sickness that happens mostly during the first trimester of pregnancy.
- Lousiness that can be felt in the morning but can surface at any time of the day
- Strong dislike to particular foods and smells that are very powerful
- Seasick feeling followed or accompanied by hunger pangs
- Nausea that comes after eating
- Nausea that leads to vomiting
What you can do?
There are many things that can be done to fight morning sickness, which are:
- Consume foods that appeal to you
- Avoid smelling, seeing or eating the foods that trigger queasiness
- Avoid having spicy and acidic foods or anything with a strong aroma
- Try to find healthy foods that will take care of your nutritional requirements like fruits, lemon water, bread toast and rice as a varied diet will be more palatable.
- Avoid nuts, fried foods, sweet foods, and foods containing fats.
- Consume curd and rice during lunch along with vegetables
- Eat as early as possible in the morning as nausea will strike if you are on an empty stomach
- Stock your nightstand with crackers and cold cereal to munch on first thing in the morning
- You can also nibble some food in the middle of the night when you go for a trip to the bathroom
- Eat a light snack before bed that is high in protein and complex carbs
- Eat often so that your belly is filled up at all times but don’t overfill your stomach. It is advisable to eat small meals every day.
- Don’t leave your house without a healthy range of snacks that you can digest
- Eat nutrient-rich foods that are good both for you and your baby and consume the one that keeps nausea at bay
- Stay away from greasy and processed fast foods that are hard to digest
- Stay hydrated as vomitings can leave you dry and dehydrated. Consume water and take fluids like green juice, fruit juice or fruits with high water content.
- Take your supplements regularly especially prenatal vitamins
- Make sure to take rest and de-stress. You can also practice techniques like meditation and visualization
In case the morning sickness persists, make sure to contact your doctor as it could be triggered due to the increased level of pregnancy hormone HCG that is at the peak in the morning. The doctor can suggest the right medicines that will keep your morning sickness at bay.
Also, I would recommend that you stay away from stress as it can trigger nausea. Morning sickness mostly happens in first-time pregnancies as there are hormonal changes and other problems at this time.
Hope you have a happy and safe pregnancy.