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Up to 70% of pregnant women experience morning sickness during the first trimester of their pregnancy. Some have symptoms even after the 12-week mark.

Despite its name, “morning” sickness can happen at any time of the day. The most common symptoms are nausea and vomiting, but you might also experience lethargy, acid reflux or heartburn, hunger pangs or the feeling that something is stuck in your throat.

Healthcare providers aren’t entirely certain what causes morning sickness, but a few triggers include low blood sugar, a hormone increase, blood pressure fluctuations and changes in metabolism.

 

 

And your symptoms may be worsened by:

  • Stress or anxiety
  • Exhaustion
  • Eating certain foods
  • Smelling certain aromas, whether pleasant or unpleasant
  • Heat or warm weather
  • Motion sickness

Luckily, there are many things you can try to alleviate the effects.

Nutritional Strategies to Ease Symptoms

Making small changes in your daily diet can go a long way toward relieving your nausea. And that will help you keep both you and baby healthy.

A few tips:

  • Don’t skip meals.
  • Eat crackers or toast in the morning to settle your stomach. Keep crackers next to the bed so you can eat a few before getting up for the day.
  • Opt for several smaller meals throughout the day rather than three larger meals.
  • To avoid upsetting your stomach, choose bland foods, such as toast, bananas, rice, baked potatoes, broth, eggs and applesauce. Avoid spicy and greasy foods.
  • Between meals, eat protein-packed snacks, like yogurt, peanut butter, cheese and nuts.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages.
  • Keep snacks on hand when you’re away from home.

Lifestyle Adjustments for Morning Sickness Relief

Try these tips to alleviate your nausea:

  • Take your prenatal vitamins with a snack. If your vitamins contain iron, take them at bedtime. While necessary for your baby’s health, iron can upset your stomach.
  • Get plenty of rest, but don’t lie down right after eating.
  • Keep rooms well-ventilated or go outside for fresh air now and then.
  • Avoid triggers, such as bad odors, flickering lights and anything else that brings on your morning sickness.

Natural Remedies and Home Treatments

Lemons: Eat, suck or sniff them.

Ginger:  Suck on candies, eat ginger snaps or drink ginger tea or ginger ale.

Acupressure: Wear a special acupressure wristband that applies pressure to certain points on your wrist. Talk with your doctor before trying that method.

Aromatherapy:  Use scents known to relieve nausea, such as lemon, orange or mint.

Medical Intervention: When to See Your Doctor About Morning Sickness

There may be prescription or over-the-counter medications that can help with your symptoms. Ask your doctor to find the right option for you.

Sometimes, women experience a more severe type of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Symptoms include:

  • Feeling nauseous for several hours each day
  • Vomiting more than three times a day
  • Becoming dehydrated (signs include little to no urine production, dark-colored urine and dizziness)
  • Losing ten pounds or more

If you have any of those symptoms, your doctor may prescribe medication or recommend treatment at a hospital.

Enjoy a Healthy Pregnancy with Guidance from an Experienced OBGYN

The doctors at Northline Women’s Health Center are dedicated to helping you thrive during pregnancy to maximize your health and help you bring a healthy baby into the world.

We have offices in Southgate and Brownstown, Michigan. Click here to schedule your appointment today.

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