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September 17, 2018

What is Morning Sickness?

If you’re a mum and expecting your new baby, there are still thousands of questions to be answered. The early stage of pregnancy is one of the most sensitive and significant periods of being pregnant.

All the major organs of the baby’s body are formed during the first three months, and it is then that the baby’s development can be harmed most easily.

In this stage, you will experience tiredness, dizziness, nausea and vomiting which may happen any time of the day. This kind of feeling is commonly referred to as “morning sickness”.


The Science Behind Morning Sickness

Doctors believe that morning sickness is the reaction of the body to the human chronic gonadotropin (hCG) or the pregnancy hormone. The pregnancy hormone boosts its production during the first trimester of pregnancy that's why in this stage, you will experience queasiness. It is surely irritating and bothersome, but it is a mark that your baby is healthy.

Researchers have found that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are associated with lower risk of miscarriage. Some pregnant women feel nauseous as early as two to three weeks, but it usually begins around the sixth week and stops after the twelfth week of pregnancy.

Remember that it is very much important for you to stay fit, so eat a nutritious diet and regularly take the prescribed prenatal vitamins to protect and nourish your baby inside your womb.


Ways to Treat Morning Sickness

Here are the following tips you can try if you are experiencing signs and symptoms of morning sickness:

  • Pregnant women like you should try eating something to keep nausea at bay, preferably healthy foods for you and your baby.
  • You should also avoid smells and foods that make you feel sick and give you the urge to vomit because women’s sense of smell is more sensitive when they are pregnant.
  • In addition, you should include having small, frequent meals throughout the day or you can eat crackers and dry cereals.


Here are some of the best ways to treat morning sickness: 

Drink Water. Dehydration is one of the most serious consequences of morning sickness, so it is important for pregnant women to drink enough fluids to be hydrated all the time. It has been found that dehydration can cause premature birth due to a decrease in blood volume so make sure that you drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water every day. Most importantly, you should take plenty of rest, exercise and avoid being stressed.

Ginger. When it comes to natural remedies for queasiness, ginger is one of the most effective remedies for nausea and vomiting. Since it is widely used for the treatment of all kinds of digestion problems. You can drink a cup of ginger tea or take ginger tablets if you are having a nauseous feeling.

Eat Foods that are rich in Vitamin B6. There’s also a wide variety of foods that are rich in pyridoxine or commonly known as Vitamin B6 such as nuts, potatoes, whole grain cereals, eggs, milk, fish and chicken etc. Also, you should avoid spicy, acidic, fatty or fried foods that might trigger your nausea.

Take Vitamin B6 Supplements. Vitamins will play a very significant role in dealing with morning sickness for it will help ease its symptoms. In particular, Vitamin B6 will help you combat and reduce queasiness and will help you use and store energy from foods.

Also, B6 supplements will help you nurture the growth of red blood cells in your body. But, too much B6 can cause nerve damage and numbness for you and may not be safe for your developing baby so it is very much important to consult your healthcare provider before taking any medications.


Recommended Dosage

General practitioners would likely recommend taking between 20 to 50 mg of Vitamin B6, two to three times a day to combat nausea. It was also proven that up to 100 mg of B6 or less per day has been shown to ease the number of vomiting episodes.

But most of all, it is very important to seek professional medical advice from your doctor and other qualified healthcare professionals to prescribe you the right dosage of supplements you need to take daily.


Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG)

If nausea and vomiting are severe, a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) could be diagnosed. Around 1 to 2 per cent of pregnant women suffer from this condition. This extreme form of morning sickness can be very serious and someone who is experiencing this will need specialist treatment or she can be hospitalised for it can lead to malnutrition and dehydration.

If you experience any signs and symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum, you should consult your healthcare professional to give you the right treatment you need. 

Disclaimer: The health information published on this web page is solely intended for educational purposes. VitaminsOnly strongly recommends to consult health care professionals for any questions concerning your health. 

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