Morning sickness is a general term used for the discomfort experienced during pregnancy. The medical terms for morning sickness are nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), nausea gravidarum, and pregnancy sickness. The general symptoms of morning sickness include nausea and vomiting, but severe morning sickness can also be accompanied by stomach pain and fever.
The name morning sickness is a misnomer as the feeling of nausea and vomiting are not limited to morning hours only. However, for most women, these symptoms are usually present early in the morning gradually easing up over the course of the day. This leads to the name morning sickness given to this condition. For some women, these symptoms can last all day or even strike at any other time of the day.
Morning sickness is a result of increased levels of hormones in a woman’s body during the pregnancy. It is also a sign that the placenta which is a flattened circular organ in the uterus of a pregnant woman, is developing well.
Morning sickness can be managed by following a few tips given below:
- Try not to cook and go into kitchen too often to stay away from cooking odors.
- Drink lemonade to ease the feelings of nausea.
- Sniff lemon, ginger or various scented soaps to relieve nausea.
- Drink small amount of liquids throughout the day to stay hydrated.
- If you are having troubles in keeping your food down, start eating smaller amount of meals at regular intervals.
- Avoid warm and congested places that can prompt the feelings of nausea.
- Take five to 10 minutes’ walk after your meals rather than lying down.
Though morning sickness is not harmful to you and your baby, but if you suffer from excessive vomiting and cannot keep down your food, it could result in weakness and affect your health. Therefore it is advised that you consult your gynecologist or a physician in case you experience severe morning sickness.
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