Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that many women experience during pregnancy. Experts estimate that up to 90 percent of all pregnant women will have some degree of morning sickness when they’re expecting. Some experience mild nausea; and others have severe nausea and vomiting.
Nausea and vomiting can go together, or the woman can just feel nauseous in the first trimester. Fortunately, morning sickness tends to level out after 10 weeks pregnant. A majority of women have relief from their symptoms by the time they reach the second trimester. A small number of women may face severe morning sickness – a condition in which they are constantly throwing up and vomiting.
Severe morning sickness can be so intense that the woman starts to lose weight, and she becomes so dehydrated that she requires hospitalization to receive IV fluids and anti-nausea mediciation. This is considered one of the leading reasons that pregnant women are hospitalized in early pregnancy.
Morning sickness is one of the most universal, and one of the most well-known pregnancy symptoms.
Morning Sickness Remedies
So how can you get relief and cope? Unfortunately, in many cases, you can try everything under the sun and you just have to suffer and wait until you hit the second trimester – which usually starts at pregnancy week 14.
You can try to drink small sips of water and stay hydrated during the day. When you are dehydrated, nausea tends to be more severe. In addition, you should never allow yourself to have an empty stomach. So eat small meals throughout the day. Munch on whatever you can. When you’re stomach has nothing, the gastric acid will eat away the stomach lining and this can make your morning symptoms worse than ever.
Some women find that acupuncture wristbands help with their nausea and vomiting. There are also “morning sickness candies” that a variety of companies produce that may lessen symptoms. These are called “Preppie Pops” or “Preggie Drops,” and they are drug-free candies that can help you feel better.
When all else fails, call your physician and see if he can prescribe you some anti-nausea medication. Your doctor will know what drugs are safe for you when you’re expecting.