Morning Sickness and Nausea

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It usually starts 2-8 weeks following conception. It is the second most commonly reported signs of early pregnancy.

Nausea which is commonly called Morning sickness can be experienced at any time of the day. It may or not be associated with vomiting. Mostly it subsides after the first three months of pregnancy, but for some women it stays till the pregnancy ends.

Women who have uncomplicated nausea and vomiting during pregnancy have normal pregnancy outcomes. IF mild to moderate it usually is not harmful to you or your baby.

What causes Morning Sickness and Nausea:

More than 50% women experience morning sickness.

It is believed that the high levels of hormones is the reason women experience it. There seems to be a relationship between the hormone Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin  (HCG) and the degree of Nausea experienced. HCG and Nausea both peaking at the same time during pregnancy.

Nausea and vomiting has also been linked to deficiency of Vit B6.

Many doctors believe that Morning sickness is actually an indicator that the placenta is developing well.

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Do’s and Dont’s to help relieve symptoms:

Eat small frequent meals.
Avoid fluids with meals. Take water atleast half an hour before eating.
Lemon and ginger might help with the Nausea.
Cracker, Rusk or toasted Bread helps alleviate it.
Salty potato chips.
Light exercise and walk.
Avoid spicy food.
Do not stay empty stomach for too long.
Avoid lying down after eating.
Some women might experience a severe form called “ Hyperemesis Gravidarum”..read more about it in the next article.

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