Morning Sickness: Is being pregnant always amazing?

Published: 08th January 2010
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Being pregnant is always amazing. It's a great time filled with changes in your body, new dreams and hopes, but of course there is the morning sickness to deal with. Do you think you're alone in suffering from it? Well, you're not. Listen to this, almost 70% of pregnant women out there have discomfort from all the nausea and vomiting. Morning sickness is just not limited to the morning, it can actually happen at any point during the day, and it's a real dampener in the time of pregnancy, however, it is something that should be dealt with.

Morning sickness is also called nausea gravidarun. Usually it happens early in the morning, but it can be at any other time of the day too. The nausea could either be mild, or accompanied by vomiting. Sometimes, the vomiting may be so severe that it causes dehydration and weight loss. However, this is a rare condition and occurs to just 1-2% of pregnant women. Morning sickness usually begins in the first trimester, around the 6th week of pregnancy, and usually stops by the 12th week of pregnancy.

There could be many reasons for morning sickness. One possible cause is the increase in the levels of estrogen in the body - estrogen levels increase vastly during the time of pregnancy. There is also an increase in progesterone, which relaxes the uterus muscles - while this prevents early childbirth; it also relaxes the intestines and stomach, which may lead to buildup of excess stomach acids and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Other causes of morning sickness include low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) which is because of the fact that the placenta drains the woman of her energy, increase in human chrionic gonadotropin, and increase in sensitivity to smells (this stimulates nausea).

Many scientists are of the opinion that morning sickness is a defense mechanism. How does this work? Well, women experience sickness when they are exposed to the smell of taste of foods which might contain toxins that are injurious to the fetus. Thus, it is something that the pregnant female body develops so that the fetus is protected when it is most vulnerable. However, morning sickness not only protects the fetus, it also protects the mother, by rejecting meat and fish products which may contain parasites and harmful bacteria which would be dangerous to her.

If you are thinking of taking anti-nausea medication to deal with your morning sickness, it is probably a bad idea, because sometimes these have been known to cause birth defects or even miscarriages. But you would be glad to know that there are ways to cure your morning sickness, or at least make the condition much better, so that you don't suffer too much. For example, you can avoid an empty stomach, eat 5 or 6 small meals a day (instead of 3 large ones), smell freshly cut lemons if you're feeling especially nauseous, incorporating cabbage into your diet, having ginger (in the form of capsules, or ginger tea, of even ginger snaps), and eating dry crackers in the morning.


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