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 Combating Morning Sickness

Combating Morning Sickness

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The most common problem during pregnancy which affects all expecting mothers is morning sickness. Generally it starts between the 4th and 6th week of conception and lasts until the 14th to 16th week. Some mothers may even experience morning sickness all across their pregnancy. This induces mild nausea or vomiting.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Why does it happen?

To a large extent the cause of morning sickness is attributed to the drastic hormonal changes that take place inside the body. However, an actual cause is yet to be established. Some of the possible causes of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are mostly related to hormonal releases.

HCG hormone causes nausea: During pregnancy a high amount of the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone is released in the system. This stimulates the maternal ovaries to secrete estrogen, which in turn causes nausea.

Progesterone relaxes muscles: During pregnancy an increase in the levels of progesterone relaxes the muscles in the uterus to facilitate babies’ growth and birth. However, it may also relax the muscles of the stomach and the intestine, leading to excess gastric acids causing gastro-esophageal reflux (regurgitation of stomach acid causing heartburn). A low blood sugar level (hypoglycemia) that occurs due to the placental drainage of energy is also seen as a possible cause of nausea, though it is not confirmed yet.

Hypersensitive smell sensation: This is one of the most common uneasiness experienced by many expecting mothers. The increased sensitivity to odours can over stimulate the digestive system and trigger the release of gastric acids which can also result in nausea.

Increasing levels of Bilirubin: The increase in the levels of Bilirubin (an enzyme found in liver) can also cause nausea.

How can you prevent it?

All remedies aim at reducing the symptoms of nausea to a certain extent.

Carbohydrate rich snacks: You should eat carbohydrate rich snacks like biscuits, toast etc early in the morning. Eating small carbohydrate rich snack - fruits and vegetables that are high in water content, like tomatoes, grapes, watermelon, spinach, and lettuce are also helpful. Include lemon and ginger to the mix and it helps further.

Avoid empty stomach: This causes the levels of gastric juices to rise and can lead to nausea. If the nausea is high, then avoid food items that are rich in fat as well as highly seasoned and flavoured food.

Increase liquid intake: Since your vomiting leads to a decrease in the fluid level of the body, make sure that you complement the situation with lots of water as well as fluids like fresh fruit and vegetable juices, buttermilk, and coconut water.


If your nausea remains out of control for long, then consult your doctor. But remember, there is nothing to worry about. It is one of the most common symptoms that show up during pregnancy and about 50-70% of all pregnant mothers go through this phase.

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