Q: WHAT IS MORNING SICKNESS?
The first sign of morning sickness is nausea and vomiting. Though it is called 'morning' sickness, it can actually occur any time of the day, and for some, it occurs the entire day. Besides nausea and vomiting, you might also feel an increased sense of smell and extreme tiredness during this period.
Q: IS MORNING SICKNESS HARMFUL?
The reason why you have morning sickness is due to an increased in your bodily hormones. The hormones that causes morning sickness are the very hormones that maintains the pregnancy. However, if morning sickness become serious, i.e, you have been vomiting non stop the whole day and is unable to consume any water or food, then this is harmful to you.
This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum, and you must get immediate medical attention.
Q: WILL YOU BE GETTING IT FOR THE ENTIRE 9 MONTHS OF YOUR PREGNANCY?
For most people, morning sickness usually starts at around 7th weeks of your pregnancy till the 12th week. Some have it till the delivery date, but this happens very rarely.
Q: HOW TO COPE WITH YOUR MORNING SICKNESS?
a) Take small amount of food. Eat regularly in smaller quantity. Take food that taste bland to minimize the vomiting. Soda crackers helped a lot in my morning sickness.
b) Take plenty of fluids throughout the day. During this time. plain water might make you vomit more. Go for flavoured drinks or soups that you can tolerate, frequently but in small amount, of course!
c) Avoid food that has strong odor or strong spicy taste.
d) Minimize going to hot, stuffy place
e) Take plenty of rest.
f) Some natural remedies like ginger, lemon or lime or honey can sometimes alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness.
Morning sickness is definitely something that is really unbearable for most pregnant mothers. Despite all the above, it is not something that you can control or remove totally. However, the encouraging thing about morning sickness is, you will have a more stable pregnancy and this will end by the 12th week of your pregnancy!