Morning sickness can range from mild, occasional nausea to severe, continuous, disabling nausea with bouts of vomiting. It usually occurs approximately from sixth to tenth week of pregnancy. Symptoms may be worse in the morning, though they can strike at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness cause has been linked to increasing estrogen levels, along with other hormone changes during early pregnancy. Also, certain odors trigger nausea and vomiting. Morning sickness usually goes away by 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. But in some cases, it can last well into a pregnancy.
Morning Sickness Symptoms
- Nausea with or without vomiting which occurs during pregnancy.
Home Remedies for Morning Sickness
- Almonds: Soak 8-10 almonds overnight, and next morning peel off the skin and eat.
- Coconut water and lemon: Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to a cup of coconut water, and take a sip every 15 minutes.
- Milk and rose: Put 1 drop of rose water or rose essence (or 5 fresh rose petals) in a 1 cup of milk, boil the milk, and then drink it warm.
- Bananas: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep the blood sugar level up and avoid morning sickness.
- Ginger: Take ginger root powder in a capsule regularly, or grated fresh ginger into hot water for a tea, or in syrup or crystallized form, which can significantly relieve morning sickness after a few days of treatment.
Do’s for Morning Sickness
- Eat small frequent meals, as many 5 or 6 in a day.
- Eat a small snack (like crackers) before you get out of your bed in
the morning. Allow a few minutes for the snack to digest, then get out
of bed slowly.
- Drink lot of fluids to stay hydrated. Make some homemade dextrosaline
by adding 2 teaspoons sugar, juice of 1/2 lime, and a pinch of salt to
1 pint of water. Drink 1 cup every 2 hours to eliminate dehydration.
- Get lot of rest. Stress and fatigue can make morning sickness worse.
- Eat more protein, and cut your fatty food intake.
Don’ts for Morning Sickness
- Avoid smells and foods that make you feel nauseated.
- Avoid iron supplements, which can make nausea worse. These
aren’t necessary during the first trimester.