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Morning Sickness and Nausea

Are they Indispensable Parts of Pregnancy?

Even though your physicians have pretty good idea on what’s happening inside a pregnant woman’s body, they still cannot pinpoint the exact cause of morning sickness or nausea (two common conditions that pregnant women go through). It is believed that these conditions are caused by chemical changes that occur in a woman’s body which includes an increase on progesterone and estrogen levels.

Enhanced sense of smell

The sudden surge of these hormones causes an enhanced sense of smell and also an increase in stomach acids. Some believe that stress and fatigue (which are also quite common among pregnant women) could also cause nausea, vomiting or morning sickness.

Human Hhorionic Gonadotopin

Yet another theory (this one is widely accepted) is that the buildup of hCG or human chorionic gonadotopin in the woman’s system can cause morning sickness. hCG is produced right after implantation of the fertilized egg on the uterus. This would continue to increase until the 12th week of pregnancy. hCG has been attributed to morning sickness because it decreases from the 12 month onwards and this is also when morning sickness often disappears.

Preventive Measures

  • You can prevent being nauseous or having morning sickness if you keep some snacks nearby. Sometimes hunger pangs can cause serious nausea so better be equipped for this battle! Also, it’s best to nibble something before going to bed.
  • Learn to delegate tasks to other people who are willing to help you. Remember that stress can also cause nausea or morning sickness so just relax—you deserve it.
  • Instead of eating three, full meals each day, how about trying to eat some snacks in between? Low blood glucose can cause queasiness on your tummy so eat up and eat well.
  • There are actually some foods that can prevent morning sickness. Examples of these foods are: avocado, milk, yogurt, cheese, eggs, crackers, apple slices, peanut butter, celery sticks, etc.
  • If there are foods that stop nausea, there are also those that can cause it such as: greasy foods (French fries, fried chicken, fish); caffeine-laded food or drinks; and artificial sweeteners.

Any benefits to having morning sickness?

Are there any benefits to having morning sickness? Many women would rather forego this condition but studies have shown that mothers who experienced morning sickness have lower chances of experiencing a miscarriage so, yes, there could be some use for that world-spinning feeling!

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