By: Kristie Lorette
Pregnancy and morning sickness seem to go hand in hand—at least during the first trimester of pregnancy. While the term contains the time of day “morning,” the truth of the matter is that some women feel sick at different times of the day. Unfortunately, for some women, they feel sick all day and night. Primarily related to the beginning of pregnancy, morning sickness can even drag out until the baby is born. Nausea, smell-related nausea and even weight loss are some of the symptoms of morning sickness. Learning what to look for can also help you to fight it.
One of the earliest signs of pregnancy in most women is nausea. Other women never experience it, which goes to show that each pregnancy is different. While the direct cause of the nausea is unknown, most doctors and health experts attribute it the changes that the body is undergoing during pregnancy. Another item that seems to contribute to the nausea is the prenatal vitamin prescribed by your doctor. If you find yourself feeling sick to your stomach after taking the pill, try taking the vitamin at different times during the day or on a full stomach to see if it prevents the sick feeling.
If you are feeling nauseous, food and drink items may help. Saltine crackers and ginger ale both seem to settle the stomach. Dry cereals are another agent in helping the sick feeling to subside. Whatever you try to eat or drink, take it slow, so you can gauge whether or not it will stay down before consuming too much of it. Most importantly, stay hydrated by drinking a lot of water. This is especially true if the nausea is leading to vomiting because if you get dehydrated, you’re going to have to take an unpleasant trip to the hospital.
Another thing that seems to make pregnant women sick is various smells. For one woman, it may be the smell of brewing coffee that makes her sick.
For another, it may be cooking meat or someone’s perfume. Once you figure out what smells, and even tastes, are making you sick then you can work on ways to avoid these smells during your pregnancy.
Nausea can cause vomiting or a lack of appetite, which then leads to weight loss in a lot of women. Since pregnancy typically entails gaining weight, you should consult your doctor if you are losing weight rather than putting on weight. If controlling smells and what you eat isn’t helping, the doctor can offer alternatives that are safe for you and the baby.
Feeling sick, tired and nauseous is all part of pregnancy. You can combat the issues by taking it slow, resting and trying out different ways to combat the sick feeling. Your body tends to tell you what it needs, so listen to it. If you’re tired, take a nap or relax on the couch with a book or a good TV show. Unfortunately, no one thing works for everyone, but find out what works for you to make your pregnancy as comfortable as possible.