Most women who have gone through a pregnancy will without doubt agree that nausea is certainly a common side effect. They will also tell you that it is probably one of the most annoying. Statistics show that more than 50% of all pregnant women have experienced morning sickness and will have it again. On the other side of the coin some women only experience this annoying problem during their first pregnancy and not during any subsequent pregnancies.
Also always remember that if you don’t experience morning sickness at all this definitely does not mean and should not be interpreted as your pregnancy is somehow abnormal. Some women are just fortunate that they do not suffer from this common ailment. One theory which exists says that one of the influencing factors causing this to occur is hormones. The hormonal HCG ( human chorionic gonadotropin ) which is secreted by the egg can cause an increase in the level of progesterone which is one of the main culprits causing nausea.
In other words the more HCG resulting in more progesterone the sicker you become. You should not be surprised if your morning sickness is not restricted to just the morning. It probably won’t be. The majority of women have episodes of this experience at all times of the day with some specific times being worse or better. This depends entirely on the individual.
One of the things which you can do to help alleviate your morning sickness is by avoiding any smells that you find causes you discomfort. This can cover a very broad range of things including fish, cat litter box, general animal smells, human waste products and can even extend to some foods such as bacon or coffee. If you do experience problems in this area they will almost certainly bring on a gag reflex.
You will be quite surprised at how many of the things you once liked now have the effect of turning your stomach up side down. There is no doubt you will become more conscious of these smells and their effects. If you experienced severe nausea during your first pregnancy there is certainly a possibility it will occur during a subsequent pregnancy but looking on the bright side there is also a possibility this will not occur.
It has been established that if you experienced nausea associated with birth control you can be more likely to develop morning sickness due to the fact that the hormones are the same but are now in higher doses. There is also some evidence that if you are genetically predisposed, meaning your mother or some other close relatives experienced this problem you are a lot more likely to experience it yourself. There is also some evidence that migraines can cause you to be at a higher risk.
Morning Sickness – Prevention and Cure
Try and stick to foods that do not smell bad to you and do not cause you discomfort. You may feel that this is causing you to have a very restricted diet but just accept the situation for now. Try to adopt the attitude it is better to keep the food in your stomach by putting up with the restrictions rather than having an empty stomach all day.
Always try to keep crackers and similar bland snacks handy. This will help and enable you to try and combat nausea when it occurs. This will also help to keep any acid in your stomach from becoming aggravated and causing nausea. There is also some evidence that citrus fruits can be good for combating morning sickness.
Smaller meals consisting of carbohydrates such as rice, potatoes and other bland foods eaten more often will certainly assist in warding off sickness. You should also try to avoid rich, spicy, acidic, fatty and fried foods if you are experiencing morning sickness.
Drink lots of water or other liquids which will assist hydration between meals. If you experience difficulty with drinking water, quite a lot of people do, try adding a quantity of fresh fruit juice to the water for flavour.
Talk to your doctor about vitamin B6 and doxylamine. The combination of these can assist in fighting your morning sickness during pregnancy