Mapping out a plan for handling morning sickness is crucial to a pregnant Mom’s survival. After all, a busy mom has only so much time, and if a good chunk of that time is spent caressing the porcelain bowl, it can be very inconvenient. Morning sickness often happens in the morning when a pregnant woman’s blood sugar is at a low level due to not eating during the night. Hence the name, morning sickness. Waking up and standing up quickly can bring on the unwelcome nauseated feeling. Many health care experts recommend keeping a small supply of crackers at the bedside, so that a pregnant woman can nibble two or three and start digesting before standing up. Salty chips have also been recommended for quickly settling a nauseated stomach.
Experts also agree that an empty stomach can trigger the nauseated feeling associated with morning sickness throughout the course of the day. Eating six small meals throughout the day and drinking fluids one half hour before or after a meal has been found to be helpful in keeping morning sickness under control. For many women, the nauseated feeling associated with morning sickness is often triggered by certain smells. If cooking smells are a bother, ask someone else to cook and be sure to open all of the windows. Sometimes keeping sliced lemons or oranges on hand can help overcome the nauseated feeling with a good smell of one or the other.
Ultimately, making a plan and sticking to it is the best way to manage morning sickness and keep it under control. Mild exercise is a great way for any pregnant woman to help feel and stay looking her best. Plenty of rest can also be a combative resource against morning sickness. Situations that could aggravate morning sickness include lying down after meals, skipping meals, and eating hot and/or spicy food. Pregnant women need to watch what they eat and when and how they eat it.
Hyperemesis gravidarium (more serious morning sickness)
Morning sickness may need medical attention when it is severe, unmanageable and occurring throughout the day. This condition of constant, more serious, morning sickness is called “hyperemesis gravidarium.” It is generally recognized by severe nausea, constant vomiting, loss of weight and very often, an electrolyte disturbance. Recommended treatment usually includes dietary adjustments and restrictions, plenty of rest, and prescribed antacids. Some doctors may pre-scribe anti-nausea medication or B-vitamins, some of which have been effective in reducing the nausea. More severe cases will require a hospital stay so that the pregnant mom can receive intravenous fluids to help properly nourish the baby. Many hospitals now have equipment that will allow a hyperemesis gravidarium patient to have independent intravenous fluids through a special back pack that is light and compact enough for a pregnant woman to carry on her back. If you are pregnant and suspect you have this condition, it is important that you contact your doctor immediately.
Morning sickness will pass
Some Mom’s get very discouraged when afflicted with morning sickness for three or more months. At this time when the baby is developing some of it’s most important organs, it’s important for all pregnant women to take good care of themselves. The most important thing to remember is that morning sickness will pass and eventually you’ll be a beautiful, bulging beauty.
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