Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: Causes and Cures
The cause of nausea and heartburn during pregnancy is not fully understood. There are several theories, but no one knows exactly why it happens.
Some say that there could be something wrong with your body’s hormonal balance or even that it might have something to do with stress levels. Whatever the case may be, if you experience these symptoms then you need to take action immediately so that they don’t become chronic problems.
It is possible that you are experiencing morning sickness because you are pregnant. If this is the case, then it will probably pass within a few days.
However, if it persists for longer than a week or if it becomes severe enough to interfere with your ability to carry out normal activities, then you should see your doctor right away. You will most likely need medical attention at some point during your pregnancy as well.
If you are suffering from nausea and heartburn during pregnancy, then you will want to avoid certain foods. These include:
Coffee, tea, chocolate, alcohol and other stimulants (such as coffee)
Foods high in sugar such as candy and sweets (especially sugary cereals)
Certain fruits including apples, pears and grapes which contain high amounts of fructose (fructose is a type of carbohydrate that causes blood glucose levels to rise rapidly).
On the other hand, you may find that bland foods are better tolerated and these can include:
White or Brown Rice
Boiled potatoes and mashed potatoes
Cooked oatmeal and cream of wheat
Porridge (oatmeal prepared with water) and plain cereals (especially those containing fiber such as All Bran or Special K)
Finely chopped or shredded chicken or turkey
You will probably find that you are able to tolerate these foods in small amounts during the first few days of your pregnancy. As the weeks pass, you will probably find that you can eat more and more and it is not uncommon for women to have a sudden increase in their appetites during the seventh or eighth month of their pregnancies.
As for beverages, you are probably going to find that you are able to tolerate water better than anything else. If you find that the acidic taste is still bothering you then you can add a little sugar to it (but not too much because this can also cause nausea) or even drink it straight from a glass milk bottle.
This may sound funny, but if you suffer from nausea or vomiting during pregnancy, you might find that ginger snaps help to settle your stomach. You might even want to keep a couple of those multicolored boxes of ginger snap cookies around just in case.
Also, if you are getting sharp pains in your stomach along with the nausea and vomiting, you can try sucking on ginger candies. These can be purchased at your local grocery store and come in either a crystallized or candy stick form.
You can experiment a little bit to see what types of food that you tolerate without experiencing the unpleasant symptoms. One important thing that you will want to pay attention to is how often you are eating.
You don’t want to eat too much, nor do you want to go too long without eating.
It is always a good idea to write down everything that you eat and drink along with any other symptoms you are experiencing. This will help your doctor if you should need to see her for some reason.
Also, if you are going to change your eating habits then you should write down what they are going to be before you start so that you don’t get off track. It is very easy to do this if you have prepared a list ahead of time.
Other than the nausea and vomiting which will gradually go away as you progress in your pregnancy, there are some other common discomforts that you might experience during the first few months. These include:
Gestational diabetes – You are more likely to develop this. It can cause you to experience rapid weight gain and excessive urination.
As well, you may find it difficult to tell when you are hungry or just thirsty. If you haven’t been keeping track of what you eat and drink before, now is a good time to start so that your doctor can monitor your condition.
Back pain – This is one of the most common ailments during pregnancy. While it is natural to lean forward when you have an upset stomach, this position puts pressure on the lumbar region of your spine.
You may find that you need to sleep in a recliner or sit up as much as possible to get relief from this discomfort.
Sources & references used in this article:
Morning sickness: a mechanism for protecting mother and embryo by SM Flaxman, PW Sherman – The Quarterly review of biology, 2000 – journals.uchicago.edu
Nutrition education during pregnancy: Are final year midwifery trainees ready to offer this service? by C Nsiah-Asamoah, EA Ampofo – International Journal of …, 2017 – academicjournals.org
Home Remedies and Self-Care Tips for Morning Sickness by J Neblett-Blackmon – emedihealth.com
Morning Sickness at Night: Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, Treatment by P Kerkar – epainassist.com