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Morning Sickness

What is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness is nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, which often occurs in the morning. Nausea tends to peak when the stomach is empty, so doctors usually advise sufferers to eat frequent small meals. Morning sickness is extremely common. It occurs in about half of all pregnant women. Morning sickness usually begins during the first month of pregnancy.

Emotional stress, traveling, or some kinds of food may worsen morning sickness.

How long does Morning Sickness last?

Morning Sickness usually continues until the third or fourth month of pregnancy. BUT, queasiness or mild nausea can come and go throughout pregnancy. It is often triggered by certain smells.

What causes Morning Sickness?

The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown. However, researchers believe that it may be caused by either hormonal changes or lower blood sugar during early pregnancy.

Will my Morning Sickness affect the baby?

Usually morning sickness won't threaten your baby's well being as long as you're able to keep food down, eat a well-balanced diet, and drink plenty of fluids. However, you should have regular doctor visits to ensure that your baby is developing regularly.

Minimize Nausea

Some tips to minimize nausea are:

  • Eat a few soda crackers or dry toast before getting out of from bed in the morning.
  • Eat a small snack at bedtime and when getting up to go to the bathroom at night.
  • Eat a snack as often as every hour or 2 during the day
  • Bland snacks (rice cakes, saltines, pretzels) can help curb nausea.
  • Keep a stash of snacks on your nightstand to nibble on in the morning -- then wait 15 to 20 minutes before rising.
  • Sip ginger ale, grate it fresh in tea, or try ginger candy or cookies.
  • DO NOT take motion-sickness or nausea medications without your doctor's okay.

Contact Your Doctor

Contact your doctor if:

  • Morning sickness does not improve.
  • You are vomiting blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.
  • You lose more than 2 pounds.
  • There is prolonged, severe vomiting.

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