Morning Sickness: Just Plain Sick of It

Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy, but no worries, it typically does not last the whole time. In order to better understand it, we are going to start with why it happens and end with some ways to soothe it, as well as everything in between. Another bother for some is why it is called “morning” sickness, when some women feel sick throughout the day. It is a pain in the, well, stomach. Most of those who are pregnant will suffer from this during the morning hours, whereas others will suffer from it in the morning and evening hours.

Why It Happens

This condition will affect three quarters of those who are in their first trimester. It can start from week number four and could get worse over the next 1-2 months. But, why does it happen? Doctors express that it happens due to the changes in the woman’s body and the hormones that are being produced during pregnancy. Although this may sound simple, the changes in the body can include different aspects and will cause nausea and vomiting. It is also important to know that morning sickness will not have any affect on your baby. However, if you lose weight while you are pregnant, make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss this.

  • hCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin): This is a hormone that rises extremely fast during pregnancy. No one really knows exactly how the hCG contributes to the nausea; however, it is a prime suspect for the morning sickness. Nausea tends to be at its peak at the same time as the hCG levels. Some of those who experience even more are those women who are having multiple births due to the extra high levels of this hormone.
  • Estrogen: This is a hormone that also rises during pregnancy. This is also a hormone that is blamed for the sickness.
  • Enhanced Senses: It is not uncommon for a woman to feel overwhelmed by different smells. There are different aromas that will trigger nausea for each woman. Some may find the smell of smoke sickening even though she was a smoker before pregnancy, and other may find a smell aversion to foods and beverages they once loved like coffee.
  • Stress: There are some stressors that have a psychological affect on the pregnant woman. It will cause nausea and vomiting just as her hormones will.

How to Ease Morning Sickness

There are different actions that a pregnant woman can take to help in order to ease the discomfort of morning sickness. It is suggested to keep white, non-caffeinated soda to help ease your stomach. Another way is to keep saltine crackers next to your bed. Eat a few before you even step foot out of the bed. It will help your stomach immensely. Some women find that ice-cold sips of pineapple juice will also help settle the stomach; however, be careful because pineapple juice is acidic and if you are prone to acid reflux, then this is not suggested.

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