How to treat morning sickness
Morning sickness is nausea that happens during pregnancy, but morning sickness can happen at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness affects pregnant women during the first trimester of the pregnancy, but for other pregnant women, morning sickness still lingers throughout the period of pregnancy. Sometimes morning sickness that is so severe is classified as hyperemesis gravidarum and this type of morning sickness will require medical care and treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and medications. If you want to be prepared to manage this condition, read here.
Symptoms of morning sickness that requires attention
- The affected woman can’t keep down liquids
- Nausea or vomiting that is severe
- Passing small amounts of urine and dark in color
- A fast heartbeat and feeling dizzy or fainting when standing up
- Vomiting blood
Morning sickness does not usually cause complications for the mother or the baby, but if the mother is underweight before the pregnancy and the morning sickness is the cause of not gaining weight during the pregnancy, the baby might be born underweight.
Morning sickness affects anyone who is pregnant, but it can occur due to the following:
- Nausea or vomiting caused by migraines, motion sickness, certain smells or tastes or even exposure to estrogen which is usually present in birth control pills before pregnancy.
- Pregnant with twins or more
- Morning sickness during a previous pregnancy
Pregnant women can experience hyperemesis gravidum if being pregnant with a girl, experiencing hyperemesis gravidum during previous pregnancy and having a family history of hyperemesis gravidum.
Treatment and home remedies
- Eat foods that are high in carbohydrates and protein, low in fat and can be easily digested. Eating salty foods can also help and foods that contain ginger such as ginger lollipop. It is best to avoid eating spicy, greasy and fatty foods.
- Eat some biscuits or soda crackers before getting out of bed since an empty stomach can worsen the nausea.
- Drink plenty of fluids and suck on hard candies, ice chips or ice pops. Avoid eating foods that will only make nausea worse.
- Open windows in the house or workplace and take a walk every day outdoors.
- Take the prenatal vitamins during dinner time and if experiencing discomfort, switch to a different brand of prenatal vitamins.
- Take powdered ginger capsules in order to relieve all types of nausea and vomiting.
- Eat small meals throughout the day in order to minimize the onset of morning sickness. Eating small meals helps in preventing overeating which will cause nausea. Avoid eating heavy meals before going to bed.
Other treatment options for morning sickness
- Take herbal ginger supplements since they are helpful in relieving morning sickness in some women and are very safe to be used during pregnancy.
- Using hypnosis can also be useful for some pregnant women with morning sickness.
- Using essential oils or aromatherapy can be helpful to pregnant women with morning sickness.