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Dealing with Morning Sickness

Dealing with Morning Sickness

In the midst of all the joyous feelings about your pregnancy, you also may be feeling a bit queasy. Nausea or vomiting during your pregnancy is considered often called morning sickness. And unfortunately, it isn't confined to the morning - it can happen at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness affects about 80% of all pregnant women. Some women experience an occasional episode, others are sick several times a day for months on end and some never have morning sickness at all. Usually, the problem goes away after the third month.

What Causes this Condition?

It's currently believed that morning sickness occurs due to factors released from the placenta but what exactly causes morning sickness is not known at this time.nausea is related to the "pregnancy" hormone -human chorionic gonadotropin. Also, lifestyle can affect Tthe severity of your morning sickness can be affected by lifestyle. For example, women who don't get enough rest seem more prone to attacks. Also, women who are under stress, or who have diabetes or high blood pressure may be more likely to experience nausea and vomiting.

How to Ease the 'Quease' 

  • Get more rest.
  • Get out of bed slowly. An abrupt change from layinglying flat to standing will increase the feeling of dizziness.
  • Eat dry, bland or salty foods (crackers, dry cereal, etc.) 15 minutes prior to getting out of bed.
  • Eat frequent, small meals. Taking little meals throughout the day will help keep your blood-sugar levels steady and will keep your stomach filled to minimize that queasy feeling.
  • Snack on easy to digest foods such as: crackers, whole wheat toast, a hot baked potato, cooked pasta, cooked rice, or fruit.
  • Avoid greasy foods such as butter, margarine, mayonnaise, bacon, gravy, pastries, fried meats, and French fries.
  • Go easy on spicy foods, especially those cooked with pepper, hot chilli peppers, and garlic.
  • Keep your kitchen well ventilated to get rid of lingering cooking odours. Pregnant women often have an exaggerated sense of smell. Better yet, get someone to prepare meals so you can avoid the strong odours of cooking.
  • Try eating cold foods. They have less odourfewer odours and may be easier to swallow.
  • Drink water or suck on ice to avoid dehydration if you've been vomiting. Drink at least 2 liters (8 cups) per day.
  • Drink between meals, rather than at meals.
  • Exercising will help you relieve the stress that may be contributing to your morning sickness. It also will help you sleep better at night. Be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.
  • Avoid brushing your teeth right after meals.

Bottom line: Eat whatever your body can tolerate. Follow Canada`s Food Guide as best as you can.

If you are concerned about nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, speak with your doctor or call the Motherisk  hotline for more information (1-877-744-0020).

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