Morning Sickness - 5 Tips To Reduce Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

One of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy for many women will be morning sickness. It's one of the miserable side effects for nearly every woman. I say nearly every woman because in about 20% of pregnancies it will not have an effect.
So, if you are one of the lucky and fortunate few, morning sickness symptoms are not a factor for you. But, for all others let's take a closer look at some of the main symptoms and possible remedies to this pregnancy issue. You may be surprised at the answers.
First of all it is important to know that morning sickness doesn't just occur in the "morning". It can happen at any time throughout the day or night. In fact, I would often feel the effects of it after my evening dinner. I never knew why, but I sure knew it wasn't fun.
Morning sickness generally occurs only in your first trimester of pregnancy, although it can hang on in some cases for a longer period. Usually it begins around week 5 and slowly lets up by week 13.
The medical community is not sure what causes morning sickness to even occur although there are several theories. There is also no cure available to stop it. The symptoms can be brought on by just smelling something that doesn't agree with your system, or it can happen when you first wake up and try to get out of bed too quickly.
Of course the biggest symptom of morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that can overtake you each day. It can also include headaches and dizziness as well.
What can you do to help reduce morning sickness symptoms?
Although as I mentioned before, there is no cure for it, but there are some things you can do to limit the effects of getting sick during your pregnancy.
1. Eat smaller meals during the day. Instead of eating 3 meals a day, eat 5-6 smaller ones.
2. Keep some crackers next to your bed and eat one or two the first thing you wake up. Do this before you try getting out of bed if at all possible.
3. Get up out of bed slowly to limit the possibility of getting dizzy.
4. Add higher protein foods to your diet. Foods like peanut butter, eggs and cheese have shown to help with morning sickness symptoms.
5. Drink plenty of water if you find yourself vomiting. You need to be sure and keep your body hydrated. The last thing you want to do is make a trip to the hospital because you are dehydrated and need an IV.
While the effects of morning sickness are not pleasant in the least, try to keep in mind that it is only temporary. But...if you find yourself throwing up several times every day, or it prevents you from going to work, call your doctor and talk to them about it. There are some prescriptions that can help with morning sickness also.
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