Morning Sickness in Pregnancy: Easy Ways You Can Manage Yours
Morning sickness in pregnancy can be the pits! However, like most things in life, it can be successful managed to give you a healthy, stress-free pregnancy journey.
Before I became pregnant with my daughter, I used to view pregnancy and morning sickness through fairy tale glasses. Hollywood had painted a picture where you got pregnant, threw up a couple of times and then went on to have a wonderful baby that would make everyone “ooh” and “ahhh” upon seeing her.
Of, the reality of it was much, much different and morning sickness was the pits!
I should say though, that morning sickness in pregnancy differs from woman to woman; while some women truly have the hollywood-type, some aren’t so lucky. I belong to the latter group and my experience with morning sickness wasn’t allghat pleasant.
Of course, there’s no denying that despite the woes of morning sickness pregnancy is a wonderful time; there’s a new life growing inside of you and the feeling of joy this knowledge brings is indescribable.
However, while you’re elated at your new status of being pregnant, pregnancy hormones can put a dampener on this joy as you would begin to experience some mild to severe pregnancy sickness/symptoms called morning sickness.
Morning sickness typically begin from the fifth to seventh week of pregnancy (mine started in the fifth and don’t go away until the thirty-sixth!)
Explaining What Morning Sickness is
Some people also refer to this sickness as pregnancy blues and it comes about as a result of your body reacting with human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a pregnancy hormone which ypur body produces a lot of while you are pregnant. Also, over 50% of pregnant women will experience morning sickness, so you are not alone!
Morning sickness in pregnancy comes about as a result of a sharp rise in your estrogen, progesterone and human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) hormones. Other reasons why women experience morning sickness in pregnancy include a fall in their blood sugar and or a heightened sense of smell which typically begins in the first 12 weeks.
A typical sign you are having morning sickness is the feeling of nausea you start to get accompanied by mild to severe vomiting. Women who experience very severe vomiting are said to be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition which affects 1 in dry 300 pregnant women.
Certain foods or smells can trigger a vomiting episode and you should learn to identify which are yours to avoid them. Some of such foods include onion, garlic, spicy foods, caffeine and fruits that are very acidic.
Some women have tried managing their morning sickness by skipping meals altogether, but this just made the situation worse.
Common Morning Sickness Symptoms to Look Out For
Some other symptoms of morning sickness you can expect to experience besides nausea and vomiting include:
- Persistent headache
- Dehydration (happens mostly with malaria)i
- Frequent urination and incontinence
- Bloating and Constipation
- Food aversion
- High Blood Pressure
The above are symptoms you are likely to experience while pregnant. However, the good news is that most of these symptoms reduce during second trimester while some will disappear completely.
Also, you might want to console yourself with the fact morning sickness in pregnancy isn’t all bad as research has shown it is a sign of a healthy pregnancy less likely to end in a miscarriage.
For the time being though, here are
Morning Sickness in Pregnancy: Some Proven Remedies to Manage the Symptoms
Here are some proven ways to manage your morning sickness:
- Take a cup of ginger tea when when you feel the nausea coming on. Ginger is a great herbal remedy and will bring you instant relief from nausea and vomiting.
- Peppermint tea has also been known to calm troubled stomachs and keep vomiting at bay.
- Chewing on saltine crackers will also help calm your stomach.
- Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluid daily; at least 300ml extra. You might not be able to take large quantities at a time, but it is important you keep your fluid intake by taking small sips as often as you can.
- To prevent heartburn, opt to eat smaller meals and stay in an upright position for 30 minutes or more after each meal.
- Other proven ways to cure heartburn include taking ginger tea or candies, taking a glass of milk, dissolving a teaspoon of honey in warm milk, and taking antacids (strictly on your doc’s prescription).
- Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables. This won’t just help with the constipation, but will also provide needed vitamins for you and your developing baby. You should however, avoid fruits high in acidity.
- Taking lots of liquid or prune juice also helps soften the stool if you battle with constipation.
- If you suffer from persistent headaches, use a cold compress or try to avoid stressful situations as this triggers headaches.
- Know your morning sickness triggers and avoid them.
- Eat foods that are known not to trigger vomiting like toast, simple soups, salty crackers pretzels, lemon water, and flavoured popsicles.
- Get enough rest as stress have also been known to trigger morning sickness in pregnancy.
- Keep active and carry your doctor along so he works out the best exercise plan for you.
- West lose fitting clothes, again restrictive cloying brings discomfort and could trigger morning sickness.
- Take your supplements daily, but if you find they make you sick, you might want to take them just before bedtime, that way you will sleep through most of the sick feelings.
- Find a support group alone. This helped me a lot and I found sharing woes with women going through the same experience was comforting and helped me through the worse days. There are tons of pregnancy groups on Facebook or if you’d want a more physical one, you could try searching for one in your neighborhood.