Morning sickness

How To Deal With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

How To Deal With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
Morning sickness

How To Deal With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

 

We’ve all watched Bollywood movies where the whole family celebrates when the heroine starts feeling nauseous and runs towards the sink. Everyone knows that this is an obvious indicator of the heroine being pregnant. Morning sickness is one of the first signs of pregnancy. In fact, studies show that more than 50% of women experience morning sickness in their first trimester. Unlike the name, morning sickness can hit at any time of the day. The increased amount of hormones in your body trigger nausea which might also lead to vomiting.  

Although morning sickness is normal, it’s certainly not easy to deal with. Here are some things that might help you get through the phase.

1.        Drink lots of fluids

If you’re vomiting a lot, you need to keep restoring the fluids in your body by drinking plenty of water and juices. Lemonade, electrolyte and soda will give you relief from nausea. Sucking on ice cubes usually helps too. However, avoid drinking water or any other fluids while having meals.

2.       Have ginger

Ginger is known to be an herbal remedy to control nausea. Apart from that, it also relieves indigestion. Add some ginger in your morning tea to get rid of morning sickness.

3.       Have smaller meals

Instead of having 2 big meals, try to break it into 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day. Having snacks like salty biscuits and fruits at regular intervals will also help reduce your symptoms.

4.      Exercise

Staying active during pregnancy will not only help you stay active but will also help you deal with nausea. A walk outside for a few minutes every day will release endorphins which will help beat nausea and fatigue.

5.       Eat healthy

Watching what you eat will definitely help in keeping nausea under control. Have plenty of milkshakes, fresh fruits and vegetable salads to stay healthy and avoid morning sickness. Also make sure you’re not having junk foods like samosas, chips, chocolates, coffee and more.

Losing weight during the first trimester is normal because of nausea and vomiting. But keep a check on your weight. Ideally, you shouldn’t lose more than 2-3 kg. If you do, make sure you visit your doctor. Morning sickness is usually a sign of a healthy pregnancy and that the placenta is growing normally. But if the vomiting gets excessive and you’re having trouble keeping your food down, visit your doctor as soon as possible because it might be Hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition is extremely harmful for you and your baby and should be treated immediately.

If your condition is not too extreme, it can be treated with a proper diet, enough rest and antacids. However, if the condition is severe, you might have to be admitted to the hospital so that your body can receive enough fluid and nutrition through an intravenous line.

If your symptoms are not too severe, there’s nothing to worry about. Just make sure you stay active, eat right and drink plenty of fluids to ease your trouble.

 

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