What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like?
Getting pregnant is one of the most amazing things that could happen to a woman. But it could be a little scary if you are a first-time mom because you don’t know what to expect.
During the first few weeks, one of the things that you inevitable worry about is morning sickness. If you have been feeling nauseous and weak, you can’t but ask yourself –“Is this how morning sickness feels like or is there something wrong?”
Well, you have come to the right place. I’m going to explain everything you need to know about morning sickness and give you some tips how to deal with it.
Why does morning sickness happen?
The question why you get sick in the first months of your pregnancy doesn’t have a satisfying answer. Even in our modern times, doctors are still speculating what the reason behind morning sickness is. Here are the most common theories:
- High human chorionic gonadotropin
- High estrogen and progesterone levels
- Low blood glucose levels
- Low vitamin B
Some people even believe that morning sickness has developed as a protective measure against food poisoning. Sounds crazy, right?
The reasoning behind this theory is that women with morning sickness would usually avoid food with high contamination risks such as eggs and meat, and eat bread and rice, instead.
When does morning sickness start and when does it end?
Sometimes, morning sickness is the first sign of pregnancy. In such a case, it might start as early as four weeks. But it usually begins around the sixth week.
You might expect the symptoms to disappear or at least lessen around the 14th week. However, some unlucky ones continue to have symptoms until the baby’s born.
What does morning sickness feel like?
Let me start by saying morning sickness doesn’t necessary occur in the morning. It can happen during any time of the day, so don’t assume that once the morning pass, you’ll be fine.
But how does it feel? Well, nearly 90% of all pregnant women report nausea as the most significant symptom. They say that certain smells or even the sight of your favorite food might be all that it takes to make you run to the bathroom.
Some women also describe morning sickness as a terrible hangover combined with a headache, nausea, dry mouth and nervous stomach. In most cases, the symptoms are mild, and they get better during the day.
However, some women experience severe morning sickness that leads to dehydration and requires hospitalization. But that’s in very rare cases.
I also want to point out that morning sickness is an individual experience. Even though nausea is the common denominator, your experience might turn out to be very different. So don’t worry too much about it.
Does morning sickness affect the baby?
If you’ve been nauseous and you’ve been vomiting for a few days, you might be wondering if morning sickness is a good thing for your baby.
There is no place for worry. Your child won’t suffer any ill effects if you manage to keep food down and you drink plenty of water.
In fact, morning sickness is considered to be an indication of a healthy pregnancy, because this means that the placenta is developing as it should and that your hormones are working. Women who experience morning sickness are less likely to have a miscarriage.
But don’t spend too much time worrying if you don’t have morning sickness. Everyone is different, and your body might be more resilient. Count yourself lucky. However, if you have any concerns, consult with your doctor.
How to fight morning sickness?
One of the best things you can do is to eat regularly and to drink plenty of liquid. You must think me mad that I suggest eating when you’re feeling nausea. But remember that you’re eating for two, and your baby needs the nourishment.
Buy some snacks. Crackers are an excellent idea, and you should keep them close by your bed. In this way, you can eat a few, first thing in the morning, before getting up from the bed.
Eat frequent, but small meals, and don’t lie down after eating, especially on your left side.
Avoid food and smells that trigger your nausea. If you notice that anything else makes you feel sick, avoid that too.
Sip small amounts of liquid throughout the day. Don’t drink too much at once.
Don’t overwork and avoid stressful situations.
Take anti-nausea medicine.
Aromatherapy. Try one or two drops of essential oils. Most women find the lemon, mint or orange to be helpful.
Ginger. Some women find ginger helpful for settling their stomach and getting rid of the queasiness. Try grating fresh ginger to make a nice cup of ginger tea. Don’t choose commercial ginger ale brands because these drinks have too much sugar.
Another option is powdered ginger root capsules. However, consult with your doctor first, because ginger affects blood clotting.
When to consult with a doctor?
If you feel that something is wrong with your body, it’s always for the best to talk with your doctor. Watch out for the following symptoms:
- You can’t keep anything down, and you vomit several times a day.
- Severe nausea that makes it impossible for you to eat anything.
- You are losing weight
- A fast heartbeat
- Extreme dizziness, confusion, fatigue.
- Infrequent urination.
- Abdominal pain.
- Vomiting blood.
Morning sickness is certainly not a nice experience, but it’s a good sign that everything is all right with your baby. Just remember to have plenty of rest, eat small meals and drink enough liquid, and you’ll be fine.
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