Morning sickness refers to nausea or vomiting which occurs during pregnancy. Morning sickness doesn’t mean that it will happen only in the mornings, it can happen at any point of the day during the first tri-semester. Some woman may not experience morning sickness during their pregnancy. Some may have morning sickness throughout the pregnancy; it depends from person to person. Research shows that more than 50% of pregnant women can suffer from morning sickness.
Symptoms of morning sickness
- Nausea or vomiting
- Dark-coloured urine
- Can’t drink many liquids
- Feeling dizzy
How to provide relief from morning sickness
- Don’t stay hungry for a longer time.
- Eat small but frequent meals. Eating heavy meals can be the reason for morning sickness. Try to eat light meals every 2-3 hours.
- Don’t drink fluids with your meals. Drink water either half hour before or after a meal.
- Get plenty of rest. Rest is good for the baby and you.
- Avoid fatty foods or fried items. Eat healthy snacks.
- Eating plain biscuits in the morning can also help.
- Do not lie down right after eating as it increases the chances of nausea.
- Do not take medication unless you have consulted your doctor for the same.
Morning sickness is not harmful to the mother or the baby. Some doctors also suggest that morning sickness is a good sign as it indicates a healthy pregnancy. But if a woman experiences severe vomiting or is not able to eat anything, then one must consult the doctor immediately.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is the condition which happens when one experiences excessive vomiting during their pregnancy. Such a condition can be harmful to the baby or the mother, though it is very rare. Self-care and little attention can help you go through the morning sickness.