How to Deal With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy? | Dr. Jyoti Kala
How to deal with nausea during pregnancy
There are rare lucky women whose pregnancy is almost imperceptible and easy. However, much more often women in a position are constantly nauseous! Nausea during pregnancy is the first sign of early toxicosis, which indicates strong hormonal changes in the body.
Toxicosis is a consequence of a violation of the body's adaptation to its new state. Early toxicosis occurs more often in the first trimester.
Additional symptoms of toxicosis in the early stages are profuse salivation, decreased appetite, decreased blood pressure, and a strong exacerbation of smell. Sometimes toxicosis even manifests itself in the form of dermatosis and jaundice.
Mild nausea is considered to be an indicator of normal pregnancy. Indeed, the fetus does not suffer if vomiting occurs no more than three times a day and the weight of the expectant mother does not decrease. But excessive vomiting, occurring up to twenty times a day, accompanied by severe weight loss, requires urgent medical attention. If doctors are unable to help, in this case it may be necessary to terminate the pregnancy due to the threat to the mother's life.
Therefore, it is very important to consult your doctor at the first stage of the onset of the disease.
When does nausea occur during pregnancy?
The vast majority of expectant mothers overtake attacks of nausea in the morning, because of this toxicosis is sometimes called morning sickness . Morning sickness during pregnancy occurs mainly on an empty stomach.
However, this applies only to those who had some kind of health problems before conception. Usually toxicosis appears in women with the following diseases: problems with the gastrointestinal tract, liver and thyroid gland. Unhealthy diet, stress and nervous strain, alcohol abuse (even low alcohol drinks) and smoking before pregnancy also affect the exacerbation of signs of toxicosis.
There are a couple of tips on how to reduce nausea during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to completely get rid of nausea, but there are several ways to help you get through this difficult period:
- Don't force yourself to eat if you don't feel like it! Avoid chocolate, pickles, fried foods and all foods that are difficult to digest;
- Try to drink plenty of fluids. This will help your body from dehydration due to vomiting. Especially useful and pleasant for toxicosis are sour cranberry juice, chamomile decoction, weak green tea with a slice of lemon, apple fresh juice, rosehip infusion with honey or just water with lemon and honey;
- Take infusions of valerian, calendula, mint, yarrow. These medicinal herbs stop cramps, relax the stomach, and at the same time calm the nervous system;
- Make a habit of drinking in the morningI'm on an empty stomach with clean water. It helps to cope with malaise;
- It is useful to have breakfast with eggs and fermented milk products (kefir, yogurt, yogurt, cottage cheese). If possible, it would be good to have breakfast in bed, reclining. And you don't have to jump up right after eating and run somewhere. In general, be more relaxed and self-absorbed;
- Eat small meals throughout the day, but often, every 2-3 hours. But don't forget our first tip - no self-duress;
- To relieve a sudden onset of nausea, keep homemade salted crackers (but not industrial-made with the taste of red caviar!), nuts, sour dried fruits (dried apricots, prunes), lemon, tangerine, mint caramel or gum, cumin seeds. Choose from this list what works for you;
- Long walks in the park, on the shore of a reservoir and in other places with the maximum fresh air, as well as baths flavored with sea salt are very useful;
- Ventilate the kitchen and other areas often to get rid of any unpleasant odors;
- And the simplest and most difficult advice at the same time: rest, rest and rest again!
Here are some tips to help answer the question of how to overcome nausea during pregnancy. Remember that there are positive aspects to your discomfort. Doctors believe that early toxicosis contributes to the regulation of hormonal balance in a woman's body. Nausea and vomiting reduce hormone levels that the fetus does not need.
In this simple way, the body gets rid of everything unnecessary, leaving only the most necessary for the full development of the child.