Sunday, May 11, 2008


For many women, the toughest part of early pregnancy is morning sickness. If you are suffering from nausea, vomiting, or both, you need safe measures that will bring you some relief. Your best course of action for managing morning sickness is home treatment. By following a few proven guidelines, you are likely to gain significant relief from nausea and vomiting. Home treatment measures for morning sickness include:

Changing what, when, and how much you eat.

Taking ginger, vitamin B6, or vitamin B12, which are known to reduce nausea and/or vomiting during pregnancy. Avoiding foods and smells that make you feel sick.
Trying acupressure, which seems to work for some women.
Taking doxylamine with vitamin B6,
which you can buy without a prescription. Talk to your health professional before taking this remedy.

If you have severe, persistent nausea and vomiting, see your doctor or nurse-midwife immediately. This uncommon complication of pregnancy can lead to dehydration and malnutrition, sometimes requiring prescribed medication or hospitalization.

What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness can range from mild, occasional nausea to severe, continuous, disabling nausea with bouts of vomiting. Symptoms may be worse in the morning, though they can strike at any time of the day or night.

Although its cause is poorly understood, morning sickness has been linked to increasing estrogen levels, along with other hormone changes during early pregnancy.1

The first signs of morning sickness usually develop during the month following the first missed menstrual period, when hormone levels increase.

Women carrying twins or more have more pronounced hormone increases and tend to have more severe morning sickness.

There is no way of predicting how long your morning sickness will last, even if you have suffered through it before. Nausea and vomiting usually go away by 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. But in some cases, morning sickness can last well into a pregnancy. VISIT OUR HEALTH BLOG FOR MORE GREAT ARTICLES



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