Morning sickness is probably one of the most uncomfortable and debilitating pregnancy symptoms. Sickness is common and approximately 75% of pregnant women will be sick or suffer nausea at some point during their pregnancy, although morning sickness does tend to abate after the first trimester.
Sickness during pregnancy can also occur at any time of the day, although it does tend to occur more frequently in the morning than at any other time. Although there are no hard and fast rules as to what you can do to avoid morning sickness, there are a few things that you can do to improve your symptoms.
Morning sickness is caused by all of the new hormones in your body. These hormones affect all of your organs and they help to give your body the ability to sustain new life.
Some specialists believe that morning sickness is a way to protect your baby from harmful substances – i.e., you are purging toxins to protect your baby.
Whether you have light morning sickness or severe morning sickness, here are a few tips and tricks for settling your stomach and improving your morning sickness.
If your morning sickness becomes so severe that you can’t keep down food or drink of any kind, you should go to your doctor. You need to be able to keep food down in order to take in vitamins and nutrients from it, and if you are not keeping food down, it could harm you and your baby. Your doctor could prescribe medication or could give you some more advice as to how to alleviate your morning sickness symptoms.
Extreme morning sickness could also require you to stay in hospital. If you are unable to keep down food and drink, you could become dangerously dehydrated which could lead to complications for you and your baby. Therefore, you may need to put onto a drip for food and nutrients and to maintain your fluid levels.
You should always remember, however, that pregnancy sickness is not associated with any harm to your or your baby. Although it may be uncomfortable, and in some cases, it may be very severe and debilitating, it is not actually damaging you in any way provided your fluid levels are maintained.
It will always end after pregnancy, when the hormones that are associated with pregnancy come to an end. If you are worried about morning sickness or any other aspect of your pregnancy, always seek the advice of your doctor.