Morning sickness is a feature of most women’s pregnancies. In this article we will discuss, What causes Morning sickness, and what can you do to get through it? You can read also, What are Common Pregnancy Complications?
Morning sickness is often the first symptom of pregnancy, as it can start as early as 2 weeks after conception. Despite the name, the sufferer can feel ill at any time of the whole day, although as an empty stomach is thought to be one of the triggers then mornings are basically common time for it to appear.
Not every pregnant woman will feel morning sickness, although most do to some degree, and it can vary from a feeling of light nausea or queasiness ranging up to feeling really dreadful and unable to keep any food or liquids down. The severity of the effects seems to be maximum in women with a history of migraine or travel sickness.
Causes of Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
It is not exactly known what causes it. But most doctors agree that the changes in hormone levels that pregnancy triggers are the most major factor of morning sickness. One of the effects of these hormones is to alter the way your digestive system works, which can lead to higher levels of acid in your stomach.
Another possible cause is that many women experience an increased sense of taste and smell while pregnant. It can make nausea feel worse when unpleasant or strong odors are around.
Finally, tiredness and stress play a part, and most of the pregnant women are tired and stressed a lot of the time!
Morning sickness can occur throughout your pregnancy, but most women find that it more or less disappears by around 14 weeks as hormone levels in the body stabilized at that time.
Cures for Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
- There are lots of traditional ‘cures’ for the feelings of nausea, with every mother having an opinion on the topic! The fact is that every woman’s body is separate and so no single thing will work for everyone. However, there are few simple things to try which can help most feel better.
- As previously mentioned, an empty stomach may be a cause, so snack light and often to keep hunger at bay, and keep a few biscuits by your bed for if you wake up during the night.
- Sucking on an ice cube can also help, as can fizzy drinks. Fresh ginger is reputed to calm the stomach, so making a tea from crushed root ginger or even chewing on a piece of ginger can be worth a try.
- The remedies for travel sickness can also help, so it might be worth trying the magnetic wristbands you can buy from online or offline stores, but you should never take any medication during pregnancy without consulting your doctor.
Morning sickness is a natural part of your pregnancy and will not harm your baby in any way, but in serious cases, you may be unable to keep any food or fluids down and if this continues you could become dehydrated. Which is very dangerous for your baby. If your urine starts to become very dark in color this is a sign that your fluid levels are too low, and you should speak to your doctor.
Finally, when you are at a point of morning sickness, don’t worry too much about what you are eating – getting enough energy is more important than a balanced diet at this moment, so if chocolate makes you feel better then you may go for it! You can always stock up on healthier foods when the sickness has decreased a little.