Pregnancy brings along some unpleasant symptoms which can cause a lot of discomfort through the phase. Morning sickness or nausea is one of the most common symptoms of pregnant women.
However, it isn't just morning sickness. It can happen at anytime of the day. Nausea usually happens because there is a sudden increase of hormones in your body.
Pregnancy nausea is common and usually goes away after a few months, however, the story isn't the same for all expecting mothers.
Morning Sickness Symptoms
Morning sickness is often one of the first signs of pregnancy. It is a common complaint, but it often passes by 3 months into the pregnancy. Most women suffer from nausea and vomiting around 6 weeks and the condition usually disappears around 12th week. However, for some women, it all gets severe.
Morning sickness doesn’t need medical help unless it is severe and leads to dehydration and weight loss. Do you know morning sickness occurs in over 50 percent of pregnant women?
Some common morning sickness symptoms are -
- Nausea with or without vomiting usually in the first trimester
- Feeling sick from smelling certain foods
- Nausea after eating
- Feeling sick after smelling certain odours
Dr. Vinutha Prashanth, Consultant obstetrician and gynecologist at Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Bengaluru (Kanakapura branch) shared some quick tips to minimise unpleasant symptoms of nausea and vomiting during initial months of pregnancy. Read on.
Get Plenty Of Rest
It is important to get a good night’s sleep, napping during day may help too but make sure you don't sleep right after having your meal.
Fatty and spicy foods, caffeine increase the chance of tri giving the release of stomach acid which can cause discomfort. You should rather switch to bland foods as they keep your tummy at ease.
Select foods that are high in protein, low in fat. Easy to digest & non- greasy/spicy/fatty foods are best for you.
Along with eating right, it is also important to eat in small portions through the day. Rather than just eating 3 large meals through the day, nibble in small portions.
Other Lifestyle Changes And Home Remedies
- Drink plenty of fluids. Drink up a good amount of water through the day. Aim for 6-8 glass of non-caffeinated fluids like juices, smoothies.
- Breath fresh air as much as possible. Practise breathing exercises, yoga, meditation at home.
- Take care with prenatal vitamins, consult your gynaecologist for the same
- Alternative medicines for nausea and vomiting can provide some relief.
- Acupressure and Acupuncture are also believed to be beneficial for nausea.
- Ginger seems to alternate morning sickness for some women. You can have a cup of ginger tea in the morning. You can also add ginger to your meals through the day in some way or the other.
Morning sickness can be managed at home by following the right dietary measures and some other home remedies. However, if it gets severe or it is the case of severe vomiting, you must consult the doctor immediately as it requires active medical treatment. Overall, keep a good check on your health, practise meditation and eat a healthy diet.
Remember that pregnancy symptoms vary from women to women and you shouldn't compare your journey with others. Whenever required, reach out to your gynae for help.
We hope this guide helps you treat symptoms like nausea and vomiting. For more such expert backed stories, stay tuned!