Morning sickness is not an uncommon condition during pregnancy. Read on to find out why is it cause concern and how should it be treated.
The moment you see the two marks on your pregnancy stick test, you’re elated. And, as you step in the first trimester of your pregnancy, blame it upon your hormones that, you feel like there’s a little soreness in your breasts, and you also feel like frequently visiting the bathroom.
Not just that!
You might suddenly feel like there are butterflies in your stomach and feel queasy in the morning or through the day. This queasiness is often described as morning sickness.
Although it starts somewhere around the 4th week of your pregnancy, however, it tends to be resolved by the 12th to 14th week. But it is really unfortunate that, some of you may experience it through your pregnancy journey, often leaving you feel exhausted and generally unwell.
In fact, severe morning sickness along with weight gain and dehydration, may require medical intervention.
So, what Are The Possible Causes of Morning Sickness?
Although the true reason behind morning sickness happens to be a mystery, there’s a combination of physical and metabolic factors including the soaring levels of oestrogen, progesterone and hCG hormones, heartburn or acid reflux, a change in taste in the mouth, and getting a sharper smell plays a vital role in bringing about morning sickness, during pregnancy. Additionally, emotional and physical stress during pregnancy, having a family history of morning sickness, and hot weather can be some of the supporting factors giving rise to this condition.
Can Morning Sickness Be a Reason to Worry?
We know that, during the first phase of your pregnancy, morning sickness can be a reason for your irritation, but as we unfold a few more facts, you will not find it to be a reason enough to be worried about. As the facts remain:
While you are passing through this phase, your baby is very tiny, and the baby doesn’t have much in the way of her nutritional needs. So, your baby’s or yours not eating too much is not the problem. In fact, with the progression of the journey, your baby will get its essentials from you and you are also going to feel your appetite coming back to you.
Prolonged vomiting, on the other hand, often leading to dehydration and weight loss can make your growing baby feel deprived from adequate nutrition. In fact, research have supported that there are chances that your baby might be born underweight. Otherwise, the foetus is perfectly safeguarded by the amniotic sac and there are very little chances that vomiting might be hurting the baby.
However, since continuous vomiting for several days isn’t that safe for you as mentioned-above, try out some natural way outs to treat this condition.
Ways to Deal with Morning Sickness
- Plan on eating small meals frequently: As staying empty or eating too much can make you feel sicker. Eating small and frequently is the key!
- A bite before you leave the bed in the morning: Is a fairly good idea. You can have a light snack (high in protein-content) or cracker or a whole-grain toast with peanut butter with handful of dried fruits
- Avoid anything with a strong aroma: That is, anything spicy, acidic, and salty might not be digested well and can trigger nausea.
- Stay hydrated: Dehydration is one of the very big reasons behind nausea and morning sickness. Sips of flat lemonade, diluted fruit juice, ginger tea or clear soup might really helpful. If these become unbearable for you, sucking on ice cubes can be an acceptable option.
- Simply try chewing on ginger: To soothe your stomach.
- Wear loose-fitting comfortable clothes: Tight clothes might increase the queasiness
- Have Vitamin B6 supplements: To process the amino acids in your body.
- Rest up: Moving around might aggravate the problem.
Around half to 2/3rds of all pregnant women experience morning sickness to a certain level. Especially in the first trimester. And it is accompanied by nausea, vomiting, a feeling of queasiness in the morning, and strong aversions towards food. Try applying the above-mentioned ways to tackle the condition. And don’t forget to seek medical advice if you are losing weight too quickly. Treatment options which include drugs, will not adversely affect your growing baby, inside your womb.