Morning Sickness Woes

Roughly 75% of pregnant women suffer from some degree of morning sickness at some point during their pregnancy. Usually, the worst of it sets in during the first trimester, and the symptoms go away during the second trimester. If you’re the lucky one in four who doesn’t have any symptoms of morning sickness, congratulations. For the rest of us, here’s what’s going on and the best ways to deal with it:

First of all, morning sickness is (surprise, surprise) not limited to morning. If you become nauseous or vomit during pregnancy, it’s the same thing as morning sickness regardless of what time of day it is. It is commonly called morning sickness because that’s the most common time that pregnant women experience those awful nauseous feelings and when we are most prone to throwing up.

Many women discover they are pregnant because of morning sickness. It can set in even before you realize that you’ve missed your period, though it’s more common to start experiencing it around week six of your pregnancy. Fortunately, it generally stops around the time when the second trimester begins. While this isn’t true for all women (some actually have morning sickness a month or two into their second trimester), the vast majority of us can count on feeling better by the time week 14 rolls around.

Morning sickness is no fun, but it’s also not generally dangerous. In fact, most health care professionals agree that it’s a sign that your pregnancy is progressing normally. If the symptoms become so severe that they cause you to miss meals (especially more than one meal in a row) talk to your doctor, and she will be able to suggest some things which can help give you relief from your morning sickness.

While you are experiencing morning sickness, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to avoid spicy foods. Eat the blandest food that you can stomach. Trust us, it’ll stay down better. You should also make sure that you drink plenty of water.

Have a package of saltine or soda crackers with you at all times. If you eat a few of them while you’re feeling nauseous, it can actually help settle your stomach and will often keep you from throwing up. Even if you do throw up, it’s better to have something that you’ve recently eaten on your tummy.

Most of all, remember that this won’t last long. Your body is just adjusting to the new life inside of you. We know it’s hard, but fortunately, it’s also temporary.

Leila Pereira
Leila Pereira
I work in occupational therapy and occupational science. I specialize in early intervention pediatrics for children from birth to three years old; with an emphasis on children with autism. My goals are to support the achievement of developmental milestones in your child while collaborating with caregivers & parents; including play skill development, education, leisure, rest and sleep, feeding, nutrition and social participation. Licensed by the California Board of Occupational Therapy

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