What You Should Know About Morning Sickness

Healthy Mom & BabyIf it's any consolation, about four out of five women experience nausea during early pregnancy. So if you're one of those four, you have plenty of company. The other thing about morning sickness is that it can happen any time during the day or night. The reason it's called morning sickness is that it seems to accompany an empty stomach and stomachs tend to be more likely to be empty in the morning.The causes for morning sickness (other than being pregnant!) aren't fully understood, but most theories center on the various hormonal changes that are taking place.

Healthy Mom & Baby, Month 1Because drugs can negatively affect your developing baby, medication is not the way to treat nausea except tin extreme cases where severe vomiting occurs.So there's no quick and easy solution.What you can do to ease the effects center on your diet – as in what you eat and when. For example, try small, more frequent meals that are high in protein, such as fish, lean meats, eggs, yogurt, nuts, cheese and tofu. More complex carbohydrates, things like whole grain breads and cereals, brown rice dried beans, peas and potatoes are a good idea also. You may also want to try the old tried-and-true method of having some dry toast, dry cereal or crackers and a little soda before you get out of bed. Plus, it's usually a good idea to avoid spicy or greasy foods or anything with a strong odor.

Drinks lots of waterWhen it comes to drinking, don't wait until you're thirsty. Smaller, regular amounts of liquid will keep you from being dehydrated and maybe easier than drinking a full glass all at once. And don't forget that as pregnancy goes forward, your usual daily routine will leave you feeling more fatigued. Since fatigue and stress seem to be contributors to morning sickness try to get as much rest and relaxation as possible. The good news is that morning sickness can vanish as quickly as it appears. While it can vary in duration, it is usually gone by the 14th week or sooner.

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