The Truth About Morning Sickness
It can happen any time of the day….. Morning, evening, noon, or night!
There, we said it.
And that’s the honest truth.
So, What Is Morning Sickness?
It is an extremely unpleasant and distressing side effect of pregnancy.
Some pregnant women have nausea in the morning which eases up over the rest of the day. Most moms-to-be can experience it pretty much any other time of the day. Very little is known about what causes the sickness. Doctors often attribute it to raised levels of the pregnancy hormone, i.e. the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Even a mild case of the sickness can wear pregnant moms down.
How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?
Nausea usually starts between the fourth to sixth week of pregnancy. It can gradually become worse.
The good news is that there is relief to be had at around 14 weeks.
Does Nausea Affect The Baby?
Mild to moderate nausea and once-in-a-while vomits won’t hurt the baby. However, moms-to-be must stay hydrated and eat intermittently. If the nausea is affecting regular food intake, include prenatal vitamins to your diet. However, watch out for severe vomiting that continues for prolonged periods of time. It is linked with a greater risk of low birth weight and preterm births.
How To Get Relief From Morning Sickness
Natural remedies are effective at treating a mild case of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Try having something sour to quell the uneasiness; ginger tea is also known to help. You may also munch on some mint leaves to ease morning sickness.
Many midwives also suggest that expectant women eat small meals and snack throughout the day. Also, don’t lie down right after eating. And finally, eat slowly and mindfully.
Experiment with aromatherapy. Some women find scents such as lemon, mint, or orange helpful. Use a diffuser to disperse an essential oil, or place a drop or two on a handkerchief that you carry with you to sniff whenever you start to feel queasy.