Your skin is glowing. You are eating everything you need to and exercising safely so that you maintain a healthy pregnancy. You feel prepared and confident that your baby will not only arrive safe and sound, but also act as a blessing for his or her prospective adoptive family. The future feels bright and optimistic.
But then, something changes in your body. You feel a tornado churning in your stomach, much like that of a bad hangover or irritable seasickness. Rushing to the bathroom, you lean over the toilet bowl as the sensation worsens. Your first encounter with morning sickness has begun.
Almost every pregnant woman experiences morning sickness — or nausea in general — in the beginning stages of pregnancy. Your body is undergoing many physical and hormonal changes. How long morning sickness lasts varies per woman. For some, this phase passes after the first trimester. Other women battle it until the final stages of pregnancy.
Understanding what causes morning sickness and learning the most helpful remedies are beneficial in making your pregnancy and adoption journey a little bit easier. Don’t worry, you are not alone on this journey. Our adoption experts at Adoption Choices of New York will help you prepare for the dizzying times ahead. Here’s what to know about nausea during pregnancy.
What is Morning Sickness and When Will it Start?
As you are moving through your pregnancy, your body will go through a plethora of changes. The increase in production of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is one of the reasons why you are experiencing morning sickness. Another reason is the reduction of your blood sugar. Other factors include, but are not limited to: experiencing high stress, having twins and traveling constantly.
Despite what its name suggests, morning sickness isn’t limited exclusively to morning time. In fact, it can happen at any time throughout the day and only a small percentage of women experience nausea during pregnancy in the morning. Feelings of nausea will usually start around the sixth week of pregnancy and continue into the third month. Whether it abates or progresses from there is individual to each woman and pregnancy. Many expectant mothers experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy. However, if your morning sickness lingers past the fourth month and you are concerned, consult with your doctor right away.
Near the end of your pregnancy, as your baby receives more nutrients from the placenta, your body will slow down its production of hCG and your morning sickness should decrease.
What are Some Complications?
Some other important considerations regarding nausea during pregnancy are its potential complications. Usually, morning sickness is not harmful to your health or to the development of your baby. However, constant feelings of nausea and acts of vomiting can cause you to lose your appetite. As an expecting mother, this can be worrisome for you because eating is the way you and your baby receive enough nutrients.
In some cases, pregnant women have experienced extreme vomiting, resulting in weight loss. This condition is known as hyperemesis gravidarum, which can potentially harm your baby if you don’t get treatment. Some symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum include:
- Not being able to keep food down
- Losing more than 2 pounds
- High fever
- Blood in vomit
- Frequent vomiting
- Feeling faint or dizzy
If you are experiencing any of these, contact your doctor right away. Not addressing these in time might lead to further complications for both you and your baby. Make sure to stay hydrated and eat small meals, so you don’t overwhelm your body.
What are the Remedies?
While morning sickness might seem scary, there are remedies that help make symptoms more manageable. If your body is more sensitive to medication, and you aren’t sure which one to try first, talk with your doctor and get his or her recommendation. Here are a few natural remedies for you to try when experiencing nausea during pregnancy:
- Don’t forget your supplements – If you can’t get enough nutrients from food, you will need to take extra supplements. Prenatal vitamins are a good place to start. You can purchase them in either pill or gummy form, whichever you feel is most suited to your stomach. Ask your doctor to recommend other types of vitamins to make up for the ones you are missing. Your prenatal vitamins can increase feelings of nausea, especially first thing in the morning, so try taking them just before eating or right before bed.
- Eat a healthy diet – You might get bored with the food you’re eating, but when it comes to keeping nutrients in your stomach, sticking to the meal items you know you can eat is the best option. This way you’ll learn what foods to avoid and what ones cause your stomach to react negatively. It is important to maintain a balanced diet. This way, you will have a healthy pregnancy. Check out our blog on What to Eat When You’re Expecting to see the food types you should consume.
- Have ginger on hand – Ginger is a substance known for helping alleviate feelings of nausea and vomiting. There are many forms you can enjoy ginger in, such as snaps, ale (as long as it’s made with real ginger), candy, tea and biscuits. You can also sprinkle a little bit of ginger on your home cooking for extra flavor.
- Try lemon and lime – Similar to ginger, lemon and lime are also known to help with morning sickness. The sourness helps aid in gaining your appetite back. Try adding lemon to your tea or eating lemon candies!
- Don’t rush – When you rush to get up in the morning and move too quickly, you can trigger morning sickness. To prevent this, before making sudden movements, take a deep breath. Then, slowly sit or stand to lessen the dizziness or nausea. You can also try eating a few crackers before getting out of bed in the morning.
Nausea during Pregnancy – You’ll get through it
It might seem as if the nauseousness you’re feeling may never go away, but don’t worry. You can get through it.
We hope that we answered your questions on what to know about nausea during pregnancy. Remember to take care of your health first and foremost! Adoption Choices of New York has your back.
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About the Author
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