Morning Sickness

hm_nauseaWhat percent of women get morning sickness during pregnancy?

More than 70% of all women report morning sickness at some point during their pregnancy. 

Along with lack of energy, morning sickness is the most common and uncomfortable pregnancy ailment.

Mild nausea and vomiting are common during the first trimester of pregnancy. Don’t let the name fool you, nausea doesn’t necessarily happen only in the morning (why don’t they change the name to “all day, every day sickness” you may ask?). You may feel nausea at any time of the day, especially when your stomach is empty. You may find that you have an overly sensitive sense of smell and are more susceptible to odors during pregnancy. Some previously normal odors may instantly trigger your gag reflex. Usually, symptoms go away between 12-16 weeks of pregnancy.

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About 20% will unfortunately continue to experience nausea and vomiting throughout your entire pregnancy (sorry!).

Experts are unsure as to why some women develop nausea while others do not. But the overwhelming opinion is that nausea may be related to the increased levels of hormones released during pregnancy. It may continue until the body has adjusted itself to the new level of hormones in the body during pregnancy.

 

How Can You Avoid or Treat Morning Sickness During Pregnancy?

• Get up slowly in the morning. Sit on the side of the bed for a few minutes before standing up. Eat some crackers or another light snack before you get out of bed.
• Eat smaller meals. Avoid fatty foods or foods that are hard to digest. Try not to let your stomach become completely empty. Eat snacks that are high in protein (such as lean meat or cheese) before going to bed. Protein takes longer to digest, so your stomach won’t feel as empty in the morning (Boost it Up! protein energy drink has 7 g of protein and is a great option first thing in the morning).
• Drink fluids often during the day to stay hydrated.
• Make sure your breakfast includes protein which is proven to help prevent/alleviate nausea.
• Ginger and Vitamin B6 have been clinically proven to help. Research indicates that 1000 MG of ginger/day and 25mg of Vitamin B6, in 4 doses, may help alleviate nausea*. .Each Boost It Up! contains 250mg of Ginger, which can help you achieve the recommended amount and Nip the Nausea! organic morning sickness capsules contain 250 mg ginger and 25 mg Vitamin B6.

Call your health care provider if:
Your nausea and vomiting become severe.
• You haven’t been able to keep anything (including fluids) down for 24 hours.
• You almost always vomit shortly after eating or drinking anything.
• You begin to lose weight.
• Your heart races or pounds.
• Your urine looks concentrated and dark-colored.
• You don’t urinate every 4-6 hours.
• You vomit blood.

Severe nausea and vomiting can be a symptom of hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive vomiting in pregnancy). If your vomiting is severe, your health care provider will do lab tests on your blood and urine to check for medical conditions. Your health care provider may also prescribe medication to help alleviate severe symptoms.