What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy, characterized by nausea and occasional vomiting. Despite its name, morning sickness can cause discomfort at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness usually occurs during the first three months of pregnancy and is the first sign that a woman is pregnant.
What are the symptoms of morning sickness?
Inability to tolerate daily activities, nausea and vomiting during the first three months of pregnancy
Nausea or vomiting or intolerant to some foods or smell
Nausea after eating, especially after eating spicy food
Nausea or vomiting due to high temperature and excessive salivation
Why does morning sickness occur?
The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown. Hormonal changes are thought to play a role in morning sickness. In rare cases, severe and persistent nausea or vomiting may be unrelated to pregnancy and may be due to a medical condition such as thyroid or liver disease.
Other factors that can make morning sickness worse include:
▪️ Having twins or triplets,
▪️ mental stress
▪️ Frequent travel etc.
Under what circumstances should you go to the doctor for treatment?
You should go and see doctors when you have any of the following symptoms__
flu-like symptoms or fever
severe nausea or vomiting
reduced amount of urine output or darker urine color
weight loss due to severe loss of appetite
feeling fatigue, lethargic or dizziness on standing up
palpitation or rapid heart beats
How to relieve and prevent the symptoms related to Morning sickness at home?
Eat frequent smaller meals (five or six times) instead of eating three large meals a day
Drink plenty of water
Take a nap
Avoid unpleasant or strong smells
Keep your home and workplace well ventilated to get fresh air
Avoid spicy foods and fatty foods
Take vitamin C at night
Avoid cigarette smoke
If none of these preventive measures work, or if you experience nausea and vomiting until the first four months of pregnancy, it is important to talk to your doctor and seek for medical advice or treatment.