Morning sickness (nausea, nausea/vomiting of pregnancy [NVP], pregnancy sickness) affects around 80% of all pregnant women. In some studies, the results indicate that having morning sickness can be a sign of a heathy pregnancy and a lower chance of miscarriage.
Morning Sickness Symptoms
Morning sickness may include nausea and vomiting or just nausea without vomiting. Even though it is called “morning sickness,” the sickness can occur any time of the day and the symptoms can vary. In the majority of cases, it is just a normal part of pregnancy and poses no health risk for the baby. However, some severe cases may require medication and even extra fluids.
What Causes Morning Sickness?
The exact causes of morning sickness are still unknown. Most current studies agree that changes in hormones, such as estrogen levels, progesterone levels, hypoglycemia, or hCG, impact the pregnant body. Some women might have a higher risk of developing morning sickness, such as those who are sensitive to certain smells, tastes, or other factors, and include mothers expecting more than one baby.
When Does Morning Sickness Begin and End?
The nausea and vomiting usually occur up to the 6th week of pregnancy, easing after the 12th week. In some cases, symptoms can last through the 20th week or even continue through the entire pregnancy.
Morning Sickness Remedies
Morning sickness can really affect a woman’s work and life. The following home remedy tips work effectively for many pregnant women:
Get Plenty of Rest
The most important thing is to get enough rest during pregnancy. If it is possible, take naps during the day.
Considered an effective Chinese medicine for tummy-taming, take a cup of warm ginger tea or put ginger into your soda to ease the upset feeling.
Take Something Sour
Try sucking on sour candy, sipping lemon water, or even sniffing something sour. Some people might feel better after just sniffing fresh lemon scent.
Drink Plenty of Water
Try to drink eight glasses of water, because the more dehydrated you become, the more nauseated you will become. Try to drink fluids only between meals. Avoid drinking water during meals. If you are someone who can’t eat without drinking something, try to not make yourself overly full. Always avoid any caffeine drinks during pregnancy.
Take Vitamin B6
A little extra vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce morning sickness symptoms in some patients. Try 25 mg of vitamin B6, three times a day, in addition to your prenatal vitamins. (Check first with your doctor before taking ANY additional medicines or supplements, though.)
A gentle walk could do wonders for your body. Exercise helps the body release endorphins, which will ease the fatigue and nausea.
Change Your Eating Patterns
Try to not let your stomach get empty. Eat small, more frequent meals. The best thing is to eat as soon as you wake up and snack between meals. Salted crackers are a good choice and may help you avoid triggering nausea.