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When women get pregnant, they experience nausea and vomiting. They can also experience backaches, constipation, darkening of areola, excessive salivation, exhaustion or feeling sleepy, food cravings, frequent urination, headaches, increased sense of smell, lower abdominal cramps and tender or swollen breasts. This is referred to as morning sickness. It can occur in 50 to 90 pregnancies. This is due to sudden increase in hormones and chemical changes in your body during pregnancy. Stress, illness, changes in diet and other situations can also be the other causes. It is common in the morning, but it can last for the whole day for some women. It is very common during early pregnancy and may tend to diminish later in pregnancy and will be completely gone by the fourth month. Since each pregnancy is different as well as women, there isn’t a definite time for it to stop.


Progesterone, the dominant hormone during pregnancy, is thought to be one of the theories behind morning sickness. It prevents preterm labor and can affect other muscles particularly the stomach and intestines. By relaxing the digestive tract, elimination of bodily wastes becomes slower. This in turn will slow down emptying of the stomach leading to excessive amount of acids inside the stomach.

Build up of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) after implantation leads to another theory. Until about your 12th week of pregnancy, hCG level will start to decrease. This is the time when your morning sickness will start to decrease as well.

Morning stiffness will be a problem if you lose weight and cannot retain any foods or fluids. Some doctors consider morning sickness as a good sign for the proper development of the placenta and fetal membranes. It doesn’t mean that your baby is sick. Recent studies suggested that mothers with morning sickness have fewer cases of miscarriage.

There are several ways on how to treat morning sickness. These are just some tips. Eat small meals throughout the day so you may feel neither hungry nor too full. Avoid spicy, fatty foods and foods with smell that bother you. Eat foods that are rich in carbohydrates. Do not drink fluids with meals. When you feel nauseous, eat bland foods like plain crackers and cereal. Non-caffeinated teas like peppermint and ginger may help. Vitamin B6 supplement can help with your nausea. Ginger capsules may also help. However, talk to your doctor about these supplements. There times when vitamins can bother women. You have to talk to your doctor if you think your morning sickness is related to the prenatal vitamins you are taking regularly. Iron supplements can be hard for your stomach. Wearing acupressure wrist bands can also help. Try to avoid warm places because heat can bring out a nauseated feeling. Get enough sleep and get out of bed slowly. Take naps during the day. To get rid of odors, open windows or turn exhaust fans when cooking. You may also carry a handkerchief with drops of essential oil in it. Breathe through to get rid of unavoidable smell that makes you feel nauseated.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is another level of morning sickness characterized by severe nausea and vomiting that can lead to serious cases like nutritional deficiencies, dehydration and weight loss. Symptoms include severe nausea, persistent and excessive vomiting, dehydration, decrease in urination, rapid heartbeat, headaches, confusion and pale-looking and dry skin. Signs of dehydration include flushed dry skin, decreased tearing and salivation, coated tongue, confusion or irritability, decreased urination and very dark urine.

Hyperemesis gravidarum can be life threatening to both mother to be and unborn baby; therefore, talk to your doctor immediately if you have these symptoms.

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