August 16, 2011

Why some girls do and some girls don't

Lately it is all I keep getting asked about - morning sickness. Everyone I know that is pregnant seems to be sick too! I am very lucky and in both of my pregnancies I have never suffered from morning sickness - I have other problems. No one it seem escapes scott free!

It is a bit of a mystery in the medical world why some women suffer so badly and others seem to go unscathed. Hormones seems to be the answer or more specifically the bodies response to changes in hormone levels, namely oestrogen and HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) which increase in early pregnancy. Also the increased sensitivity to smells and odours that many women experience that can trigger a gag reflex in some people and those with a pre disposal to stomach upset may also suffer.

Here are some ideas to treat morning sickness:
  • Ginger tea - macerate ginger in warm water, let it seep for at least 10min before drinking.
  • Peppermint tea - forget the tea bags from the supermarket, there isn't enough 'real' or quality herb to make a medicinal difference, buy some good quality organic tea, again infuse for at least 10 min before drinking.
  • Avoid dehydration and if it is too difficult to drink large cups, drink small frequent sips.
  • Soups are a great way to intake fluid - try a yummy chicken broth or home-made veggie soup.
  • Carbonated drinks may be used to help create belching if that helps to settle the nausea.
  • Ipecac is a homeopathic that may help settle morning sickness, see your Naturopath, Homeopath or purchase from a Health food store
  • Snacking is usually the most effective way to relieve nausea, small meals every few hours may help keep your sugar levels stable. 
  • If morning sickness is worse in the morning, then keep some dried biscuits beside the bed.
  •  Rest is necessary.  The body is undergoing huge changes in pregnancy – especially in the first trimester the tiredness alone is exhausting, the body has to supply blood and nutrients to its growing foetus taking a huge toll on the mothers system. 
In case of extreme nausea and vomiting you may need to be prescribed pharmaceutical medication or even possible hospital admission to have fluid rehydration via an IV drip. 

Hopefully your morning sickness eases within the 12-16 weeks and you get to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy.

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