Morning sickness wasn’t in your game plan before pregnancy. There are those that get the impression that it is just a little nausea, until they start to experience it.
Morning sickness differs from person to person. While you might experience the problem generally in the morning, you might do so at any time during the day. You might even feel worse in the evening after a long day at work. Anything could trigger it; even smells.
Generally, morning sickness begins during the sixth week of pregnancy when the placenta starts producing human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), a special pregnancy hormone. For some women, symtoms might be manifested during week 8 or 9 and dissipate on week 13.
There is also good news for those that experience morning sickness: It signals a healthy pregnancy. A study conducted by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development reveals that pregnant women who vomit during their first trimester are less likely to miscarry or deliver prematurely. While this is true, the fact that a pregnant woman undergoes the discomfort shouldn’t be considered lightly.
Experts on morning sickness advise as follows: l) Remember what might have worked for others might not work for you. You might have to try other strategies that are right for you, such as switching to the way the baby inside you nourishes itself by helping itself with the glucose in your bloodstream, necessitating a replenishment to make up for the deficiency; otherwise, your blood sugar levels could drop sharply; 2) Avoid fried, fatty foods. Consuming such foods is likely to nauseate pregnant women; 3) Snack on raw almonds. These contain some fat and some protein and are high in B vitamins; 4) In the absence of almonds, you could eat soda crackers. If you happen to wake up at night, eat some of these crackers in order to bring up your blood sugar to the desired level; 5) You should always have something in your stomach, such as a cracker or a candy bar, as you need to counteract the acids during pregnancy; 6) Drink lots of clear fluids, such as clear broth, water, fruit juice and herbal tea.
If you happen to be overly concerned about your morning sickness, consult your physician, particularly when you happen to lose weight, feel dehydrated, or when you are not urinating.