Dealing with Morning Sickness: Tips and Treatments for Pregnant Women

Morning sickness is so called because it typically occurs in the morning, although it can occur at any time of the day. The exact cause of morning sickness is not known, but it is thought to be related to the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. The hormonal changes can cause the stomach to empty more slowly, leading to nausea and vomiting. Additionally, morning sickness is also thought to be caused by the increase in the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is produced by the placenta during pregnancy.
Morning sickness typically begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and it can last until the 12th week of pregnancy, although it can last longer for some women. For a minority of women, it can last throughout the entire pregnancy. However, it is important to note that every woman and pregnancy is different, and some women may not experience morning sickness at all. If you are experiencing severe or prolonged morning sickness, it is important to speak with your healthcare professional for guidance and management.
  1. Eat small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than three large meals.
  2. Avoid foods and smells that trigger nausea.
  3. Try ginger, which has been found to be effective in reducing morning sickness.
  4. Stay hydrated by drinking water and other fluids frequently.
  5. Get plenty of rest and try to relax.
  6. Try acupressure wristbands, which can help relieve nausea.
  7. Avoid lying down immediately after eating.
  8. Take prenatal vitamins at night before bed.
  9. Try aromatherapy with essential oils like peppermint or lemon.
  10. Consult with your healthcare provider about any medications that may be safe to take for morning sickness.

If this doesn't help or you are unable to keep even fluid down you may be suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum. 

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is a severe form of morning sickness that can occur during pregnancy. It is characterized by excessive nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and dehydration. HG is considered a serious medical condition that requires prompt treatment. If left untreated, it can lead to severe dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, and malnutrition, which can be dangerous for both the mother and the baby. HG can be treated with a combination of medications, such as anti-nausea drugs and IV fluids. Your midwife will want to ensure close monitoring of the mother and baby's health.

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