Thursday, November 02, 2006

Morning Sickness

By Brandi M. Seals

Being pregnant is a great experience, but for many the excitement of bringing a new life into the world is dampened once morning sickness sets in. Do not lose the initial excited you experienced when you found out you were pregnant. Try to keep in mind that a lot of women experience morning sickness and it will not last forever.

An estimated 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women experience the nausea and vomiting known as morning sickness. Morning sickness can occur at any time of day despite its name. No one is quite sure why some women get morning sickness and others do not or even what causes the problem in the first place. There does seem to be some connection to the sudden increase in hormones that flood through a woman's body during pregnancy.

There are a number of theories about what causes morning sickness. One theory is that morning sickness is caused by progesterone. They say the progesterone affects the muscles of the stomach and intestines and in affect relaxes the whole digestive track. This slows down the elimination of waste from the body and can lead to excess stomach acid.

Another theory says that morning sickness is caused by human chorionic ganadotopin. HCG is produced after the embryo implants in the uterus. It continues to be produced in increased levels until the 12th week of pregnancy. At this point the levels of HCG decrease and your morning sickness should begin to go away. This theory is probably the most accepted theory out there.

While morning sickness is not pleasant, it is not all bad. Studies have hinted that mothers with morning sickness have fewer miscarriages than those who do not have it. Remember that when the morning sickness acts up.

Since morning sickness has been affecting women since the dawn of time there are numerous rumored remedies. While I cannot guarantee that any of these will work for you, you may want to give them a try if the morning sickness becomes bothersome.

Morning Sickness Remedies and Tips
Avoid being to warm. Heat can increase the feelings of nausea
Get plenty of sleep. Being tired can increase the feelings of morning sickness
Do not jump out of bed in the morning. Allow yourself to get used to being awake before you are on the go
Try settling the stomach with plain crackers or cereal
Avoid intense smells by opening the window or using and exhaust fan when cooking
Smother smells that cause nausea - try to carry around something scented that does not cause nausea. Breathe it in when you are around bothersome smells.
Avoid greasy and spicy foods as they can cause nausea or heartburn.
Get enough protein. Eat frequent snacks that are good for you, remember to keep the portions small.
Do not ingest fluids with your food
Drink tea to calm feelings of nausea
Stay hydrated and avoid dehydration
If your prenatal vitamins are causing the problem try taking them later in the day
Try drinking some ginger ale

If nothing works to relieve the nausea and it is extremely bothersome be sure to talk with your doctor. There is something called hyperemesis gravidarium that can cause the feelings of morning sickness only it is much worse. Hyperemesis gravidarium affects up to two percent of pregnant women. It can cause life threatening complications for mom and unborn baby if left untreated.

Hyperemesis gravidarium causes severe nausea and vomiting that often leads to dehydration, weight loss and even vitamin deficiencies.

There are numerous symptoms associated with hyperemesis gravidarium. They include:
Severe nausea
Persistent vomiting (more than 3 times a day)
Dehydration
Failure to gain weight
Weight lose
Rapid heart beat
Pale, dry skin
Headache

Be on the look out for signs of dehydration. The easiest test to do is to pinch the skin. It should snap back into shape quickly. If it takes awhile to return to normal, it means you may be dehydrated.

Also look for these other symptoms:
Flushed dry skin
Decreased salivation
Coated tongue
Confusion
Irritability
Decreased urination
Dark colored urine

If you think you may have hyperemesis gravidarium, talk to your doctor about it. There are options your doctor can explore to help you make it through you

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