Morning Sickness: Prevention and Treatment

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Morning sickness is one of the first tell-tale signs of pregnancy. It can occur as early as two weeks after conception and is usually one of the first symptoms that clues women in the thought that they might be pregnant. The name is slightly misleading though, as morning sickness can occur at any time during the day. It is common for many women to feel ill at night, in the middle of the afternoon, or before/after meals, on a reoccuring basis throughout their first trimester.

Most pregnant women experience morning sickness, although the degree to which it is felt differs from person to person. There are the lucky few that report no morning sickness at all, and the unlucky who experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy. For most, however, morning sickness generally lasts between two to six weeks during the first trimester.

Morning sickness can range from mild to overwhelming. Vomiting often occurs, which causes many women in their first trimester to actually lose, rather than gain, weight. Doctors generally agree that morning sickness is caused by altered hormone levels caused by the pregnancy. This combined with a heightened sense of smell and taste can cause many women to experience nausea in reaction to certain foods and aromas. However, once these hormone levels even out during the second trimester, the symptoms usually go away.

Preventing morning sickness is not easy, as it is a naturally occurring part of pregnancy. But its effect can be lessened by keeping well hydrated and getting adequate rest. It’s important to prevent an empty stomach by frequently snacking on mild, filling foods such as saltine crackers. An empty stomach can leave you even more vulnerable to nausea and vomiting.

Some common cures for morning sickness include cayenne pepper and organic apple cider vinegar. It sounds strange, but both of these substances can help to quell an uneasy stomach. If you feel like you can’t keep anything down, drinking ginger ale and eating soup made from chicken broth are usually effective.

As you suffer through morning sickness, just keep in mind that these symptoms are only temporary. Once your baby is born, you will be so consumed with joy that you will forget about these unpleasant pregnancy side effects.

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