Morning Sickness

Morning sickness, often referred to as nausea and vomiting, arises during pregnancy. This occurs mostly during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, while most women feel it in the morning; it can actually arise at any time of the day, and sometimes all through the day.

If your morning sickness is usual, mild and normal then, there is nothing to worry about; your baby will be absolutely fine. As long as you don’t keep vomiting and have had sufficient food and water, there is no need to worry. You mustn’t be puking all day long as you may get dehydrated so you have to ensure you take adequate fluids

Most pregnant women start feeling regularly nauseated between 4-6 weeks gestation and for some women, morning sickness may be the first time they realize they are pregnant!. Usually, morning sickness gets bad sometimes before, it gets better and gets better around the 14 week. In rare cases, the nausea and vomiting can last throughout the whole pregnancy journey.

Mild nausea and vomiting of pregnancy refers to as feeling nauseated for a very short time each day and one may vomit once or twice. In the severe cases, nausea lasts many hours each day and vomiting arises more frequently

If symptoms are severe, Visit OB-GYN if you:

  • Have lost weight
  • Have blood in vomit
  • Have stomach pain
  • Faint when you stand
  • Suffer from fever, headache or swelling in the neck

You may need to be hospitalized for a few days to monitor your health and doctor can prescribe you anti-nausea medication and rehydrate you with an IV.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is the most severe form of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy and condition diagnosed when women has lost her pregnancy weight and her body gets dehydrated. It occurs in up to 3% of pregnancies. Women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum need treatment and sometimes treatment in a hospital is needed.

No guaranteed way to prevent morning sickness, but there are some ways you can try to control symptoms.

  • Stay away from sharp and strong smells
  • Eat light meals throughout the day and eat them slowly
  • Do not lie down immediately after eating
  • Avoid acidic and spicy foods. Eat meals at room temperature.
  • Drink fluids between meals
  • Sip cold ginger-ale to relieve nausea

Consult your OB-GYN before undergoing any new treatment or taking new medicine