What is it??
During the first trimester of the pregnancy, a woman experiences episodes of nausea and vomiting which are collectively known as morning sickness. It may also be known as emesis gravidarum.
What is the cause?
the causes include:
- High estrogen levels
- Low blood sugar
- Increased progesterone levels in the blood (may cause gastroesophageal reflux)
- Increased levels of HCG (hormone) which may stimulate estrogen release
- Increased bilirubin levels
- Increased sensitivity to odors
It is absolutely normal to have morning sickness and it causes no harm to the mother or baby unless too severe. No metabolic derangements are seen.
Most of the people call this condition as the first sign of pregnancy.
What will you experience?
Most of the women report that they are unable to enjoy sensory stimuli related to vision, taste, smell and touch.
A morning sickness may present at any time of day and not only specifically morning.
A few women may lose pounds and become dehydrated.
The condition usually improves as the pregnancy progresses.
No medical is required treatment is required if the condition is normal.
What should be done:
- Smaller meals should be taken
- Weak tea and biscuits to kill cravings
- Drink loads of water (up to 6-8 glasses per day)
- Eat when hungry only
- Do not skip meals and don’t keep yourself starving
- Ginger tea or a lemonade may be a good as drinks
Morning sickness is considered to be a kind of defense mechanism, which protects the fetus against any toxins that have been ingested by the mother.