Carrying a growing fetus in your womb for 40 weeks is by no means an easy task. Even the easiest and most complication-free pregnancies come with uncomfortable symptoms that a woman has to deal with. However, awareness helps! Knowing, what to expect during the gestation phase can help you tide over 9 months of pregnancy.
Furthermore, you realize, what is happening to your body and the associated symptoms are usual for all pregnancies, which reassures you that there is no reason to be alarmed. Bearing this in mind, lets delve deeper into the subject of morning sickness and Hyperemesis Gravidarum, associated with the first trimester of pregnancy.
This is the most commonly associated symptom of early pregnancy and this is because more than 50% of pregnant women experience it to some degree. Common during the 6th week of pregnancy and often continuing till the 12th week of gestation, morning sickness is defined by nausea and vomiting, first thing in the morning, right after a good night’s rest.
Moreover, morning sickness may be triggered by external factors like scents or smells or may come on without any discernible trigger. As mentioned, earlier, pregnant women experience morning sickness in varying degrees and for some women; the first trimester of pregnancy can prove to a 6-week ordeal of morning sickness while for others, it is barely noticeable.
The Risk Of Hyperemesis Gravidarum
While morning sickness is to be expected during the 6th to 12th week of gestation, there is also the risk of Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This is defined by the inability to keep down any foods that you may eat and constant vomiting and nausea, unlike the usual morning sickness that comes with a fair amount of relief.
Furthermore, morning sickness is not harmful to you or your growing baby, while Hyperemesis Gravidarum can have adverse impacts on both your and your baby’s health and development. If you experience symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidarum, do not pass it off as regular sickness, consult your doctor right away for effective treatment measures.
Dealing With Morning Sickness
Regular sickness can be alleviated to a certain degree, even though you cannot completely avoid it during the first trimester of pregnancy. The tips listed below are sure to help.
- Break your meals up into multiple small portions that you eat throughout the day.
- Drink water well before meals and avoid doing so while eating.
- Drink water in small amounts after equal intervals in the day
- Soda crackers in the morning seem to help some women.
- Avoid enclosed and warm places, with little or stale air to breathe in
- Allow yourself as many naps as you need
- The scents of lemon or ginger can help alleviate nausea
- Avoid cooking and keep doors and windows open when your home gets filled with the aroma of food being cooked
- Avoid lying down after eating
- Stay away from spicy food
- Do not skip meals in spite of the discomfort with your digestive system
In conclusion, morning sickness is no reason to be alarm about. However, take care to find relief with the measures listed above.