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Morning Sickness

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I don’t know about you, but being a woman, I am definitely not looking forward to being pregnant and experiencing morning sickness. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited to someday be a mother and have a family, but I am less than thrilled for the nine months that precede that blessed event. I tend to find the more I study and learn about something that worries me, the less anxious I become. Morning sickness is the nauseated feeling usually associated with vomiting that a woman gets during pregnancy. Although the term has been coined morning sickness, the symptoms can occur at any time of the day and vary in intensity from person to person. The nausea and vomiting tend to begin around week 6 of pregnancy and subsides around week 12. Although undesirable, morning sickness is very normal in pregnancy and you shouldn’t be alarmed. In fact, it has been noted that morning sickness shows that the placenta is developing well. These symptoms also won’t affect the well-being of your unborn child. Although we are not entirely sure of why this happens during pregnancy, the nausea and vomiting most probably occurs because of the increased hormones in your body. Women who are pregnant with twins or multiples, have had nausea in a previous pregnancy, typically get nauseated as a side effect of birth control medication, have a history of motion sickness, have a genetic predisposition to nausea during pregnancy, are carrying a girl or have a history of migraine headaches are more likely to experience morning sickness. If the nausea and vomiting are causing you to lose your appetite, it is important that you try to eat as balanced as possible, stay hydrated and take a prenatal vitamin so that your body receives all the necessary nutrients it needs for you as well as for the baby. There are some tips a woman can do however to help alleviate the ill feelings and cope during those 6 weeks. Eat small meals often, make sure and drink plenty of fluids, eat soda crackers, avoid foods and smells that increase nausea, open windows or turn on fans when cooking so the odors don’t bother you, get plenty of rest at night and take a nap during the day, avoid hot places since feeling warm adds to nausea, lemons and watermelon help to relieve nausea, eat salty potato chips and get exercise any maybe try morning sickness relief bands. On the flip side, there are some women who do not experience morning sickness. If you find yourself among this minority, count yourself lucky and don’t fret that something is wrong.

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