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Morning sickness is probably one of the most commonly known symptoms of early pregnancy. The minute a woman of child bearing age complains of feeling “sick to the stomach” someone has to immediately ask “are you pregnant?”. Upset stomachs and pregnancy seem to go hand in hand.

Those feelings of nausea that tend to happen most often in the morning, hence the name of the ailment, combined with food aversions is enough to send any newly pregnant woman over the edge. Morning sickness is a common ailment during the first trimester of pregnancy. It is often that “ill” feeling a woman has that leads her to think she might be expecting. The cause of morning sickness is, you guessed it, hormones. Like everything else with pregnancy, the change in hormones in your body causing the food aversions and nausea of morning sickness. For many women the nausea will be focused to the early morning when you have nothing in your stomach yet, for others who aren’t quite so lucky it will stick around all day long. Morning sickness is typically a first trimester symptom but some women do experience it throughout their entire pregnancy, or have a brief period without it during the second trimester only to have it come back in the third trimester.

Every woman’s experience with morning sickness will be different. Some women are lucky enough not to experience it at all. For the rest of us the symptoms will range from nausea without vomiting, to nausea with vomiting, to food aversions. What triggers morning sickness for you will be different from what triggers it for someone else. You may find that the smell of coffee brewing makes you bolt for the bathroom, but you can eat anything you want. Someone else may find that they can’t seem to keep any thing down.

Here are some pointers for keeping morning sickness at least a little manageable

  • If you find the nausea is worst in the very early morning when you get out of bed you may want to try to get something in your stomach before you get up. Try keeping some crackers next to your bed and have a couple before you get up and start moving.
  • If you find that certain smells tend to trigger your feelings of nausea try to avoid them, if you can. For example, if you can’t stand the smell of brewing coffee, ask your husband to wait until he gets to work to have his first cup of coffee, and steer clear of the coffee makers in your office.
  • If you identify certain foods that seem to be a trigger for you, again try to avoid them. For example, if that turkey sandwich you have for lunch everyday seems to have you heading for the nearest toilet you may want to make a different choice for lunch.
  • If you find that you can’t stand any smells, or keep anything down, do your best to steer clear of those things that are the worst culprits, and remember you need to eat something, so do what you can to eat nutrition rich foods whenever you can.

I can’t say enough that every woman is going to be different. You will find what works for you and what doesn’t. You will learn to adapt your day, your food intake, and avoid whatever it is that makes things worse for you. Just keep in mind as you struggle through this difficult, early symptom that it will eventually go away.

As with anything related to your pregnancy, consult with your caregiver for advice on things you can do to help in your particular situation. If you are concerned about your symptoms, or worried that you are not keeping down enough nutrition to sustain the health of your growing baby be sure to consult with your prenatal caregiver so they can evaluate you.

(source mother of all pregnancy books)

(source What to Expect When You’re Expecting)

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