The medical term for “Morning sickness” is “pregnancy related nausea and vomiting.” For some pregnant women, the symptoms are worst in the morning and later ease up as day advances. The symptoms of nausea get initiated around six weeks of pregnancy. In most cases, as pregnancy advances nausea will gradually disappear. However, though rare, in some women nausea will exist throughout the pregnant months.
Nausea is said to be the final outcome of various physical changes that take place within the body as a result of pregnancy. Fast increase in the levels of
human chorionic gonadotropin during early stages of pregnancy is considered as the major reason for nausea. An enhanced sensitivity to odours is another characteristic symptom. Certain aromas instantly trigger off vomiting tendencies in pregnant women. These smells vary from person to person. Another reason for nausea is that gastrointestinal tracts of pregnant women are more sensitive in nature.
In normal course, morning sickness will not affect the foetus. It will pose a threat only if it results in the lowered intake of food and fluids. You need to consult your doctor if in case you vomit blood, which appears as thick red or even black. A pregnant woman who vomits more than four times a day is sure to become weak and therefore should be taken to hospital.
Eating small meals throughout the day will help to bring down the temptation to vomit, as you do not feel full. Fatty and oily foods will increase your uneasiness. Never force yourself to eat unwanted food items. Supply your body with those food materials that you prefer to eat. As far as possible, drink juice extracted from citrus fruits. A few Saltine crackers early in the morning will calm your stomach. Pregnant women can also try “acupressure” wristbands, the ones used to avoid seasickness by boat passengers.