Morning sickness, also called nausea gravidarum, nausea, vomiting of pregnancy (emesis gravidarum or NVP), or pregnancy sickness is a condition that affects more than half of all pregnant women. Related to increased estrogen levels, a similar form of nauseousness is also seen in some women who use hormonal contraception or hormone replacement therapy. Usually, it is present in the early hours of the morning and reduces as the day progresses. The nausea can be mild or induce actual vomiting, however, not severe enough to cause metabolic derangement. In more severe cases, vomiting may cause dehydration, weight loss, alkalosis and hypokalemia. This condition is known as hyperemesis gravidarum and occurs in about 1% of all pregnancies. Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy (week 6 starting on the day the last period started). It can occur at any time of the day, and for most women it seems to stop around the 12th week of pregnancy.
Morning sickness is very common. Most pregnant women have at least some nausea, and about a third have vomiting. Morning sickness usually begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues through the 14th to 16th week (3rd or 4th month). Some women have nausea and vomiting through their entire pregnancy.
Morning sickness does not hurt the baby in any way unless you lose weight, such as with severe vomiting. The amount of morning sickness during one pregnancy does not predict how you will feel in future pregnancies.
Causes of Morning Sickness
Despite bundle of joy the pregnancy morning sickness points out to, the women who are planning to get pregnant, it is also a source of discouraging feelings to food and different fragrances. Women tend to feel nausea and vomiting in the morning as well as throughout the day. Blame on one of the pregnancy hormone, progesterone as starts kicking in and lead to change your metabolism. The progesterone hormone cause slow down digestion process, therefore, the food consumed cannot be absorbed in the bloodstream in the same pace as earlier and leave women feeling nausea.
An increased sensitivity to some typical foods and smell is another symptom that is felt while women undergo the pregnancy morning sickness. Your favorite smell of perfume may suddenly become intolerable. You may cook your favorite food, but tend to fall sick while eating them. The weaker your digestive system is, more intensively pregnancy hormone can affect it. On the other hand, you may feel craving for the very stuff you detested before pregnancy! You really need not worry too much…most pregnant women at their early stages show an increased keenness for tangy flavors, chocolate ice creams, etc!
Besides, progesterone hormone, there are other factors as well which may cause you feel the pregnancy morning sickness. Tolerance of heat and excessive tiredness aroused during pregnancy also equally affect women to feel nauseous. During pregnancy period, when tiredness is led by empty stomach is even more effective to cause queasiness. Another major culprit behind the feeling of morning sickness is dehydration. However, proper care can reduce the degree of discomforts felt through morning sickness, if not prevent onset of this symptom.
Tips To Reduce Morning Sickness
Follow these remedies if you are undergoing the pregnancy morning sickness. Make sure you carry a bag along with you to throw up without making a mess. Spicy and greasy foods are highly potent to increase intensity of this symptom. Consume more of salads, fruits, yoghurts or crackers instead of these spicy and greasy foods. Take in adequate fluids including water and juices to keep your body from being dehydrated. Essential oils have strong fragrance and they are at the same time, chemical free, natural and safe for pregnant women. Use lemon oil. It has been a surefire remedy for hundreds of years to cure pregnancy morning sickness.