Nausea, Vomiting & Pregnancy, Oh My!
Morning sickness is often the first indicator of pregnancy. It typically lasts for six weeks. From the sixth week of pregnancy to the twelfth week of pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur any time of day.
Did you know that 50% of those who are pregnant experience morning sickness? Morning sickness is a nauseating feeling that is due to the increase of hormones. It can be accompanied with vomiting. Doctors believe it is a sign of healthy placenta development.
If the morning sickness you are experiencing includes excessive vomiting and is prohibiting you from keeping food down, you may be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. If left untreated this can be harmful to you and your baby as proper nutrients are not being consumed and electrolyte imbalance may occur. Seek the advice of your care provider.
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is characterized by: severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are often treated by taking dietary measures, while extreme cases may include hospital stays with an intravenous line of fluids and nutrients. Contact your care provider if you are experiencing: extreme vomiting, fever, pain, and/or if symptoms persist beyond 12 weeks (second trimester).
What can I do to help with morning sickness?
- Eat small meals often
- Drink fluids before or after eating
- Drink water throughout the day to avoid dehydration
- Eat soda crackers before getting out of bed
- Ask someone else to do the cooking
- Open windows or run a fan to help with odors
- Get plenty of rest, nap during the day
- Smell fresh ginger and/or cut lemons
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