Suffering from Morning Sickness?

Nearly 70% of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. In about 3% of these cases, the nausea and vomiting can be severe. Regardless of the severity of your pregnancy nausea or how long it lasts, it is important to understand why it happens and what you can do to alleviate your discomfort.

What is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness typically presents itself during the first trimester of pregnancy, but some women suffer the entire nine months. Unlike its name, “morning sickness” doesn’t just occur during the morning hours. In fact, it is not uncommon for this pregnancy-driven nausea to be heightened in the evening.

Another frustrating fact about morning sickness is that we can’t pinpoint the exact cause of this condition. Physicians agree that it is simply the body’s response to the vast and extreme changes that are taking place within hormone levels, blood sugar and other areas of the body when trying to support a fetus.

What is Normal and What is Not

Morning sickness may include waves of nausea, food aversions and/or vomiting. In most cases, it is enough to threaten quality of life but not harm your health. However, it is important to know when your morning sickness may be compromising the health of your pregnancy, such as when you cannot keep food down or have trouble eating at all.

Severe morning sickness is referred to as hyperemesis gravidarum. Women who are diagnosed with this condition may have frequent vomiting and severe nausea that lasts for hours at a time. This condition needs medical attention as it can lead to the inability to weight loss, dehydration and hospitalization.

What Can Help Your Pregnancy Nausea?

The good news is that most cases of morning sickness will either pass quickly or can be treated with some over-the-counter remedies and changes in diet/lifestyle. The following tactics are known to help pregnant women who need nausea relief:

If your morning sickness is not relieved with these home remedies, you can also talk to our physicians about prescription medication for nausea that is safe for pregnant women. At North Pointe OB/GYN, we are here to listen to your pregnancy symptoms and make your experience as comfortable and rewarding as possible.

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