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Tips to Conquer Morning Sickness July 30, 2010

FOR MORE INFORMATION, contact Rebecca Sylvester at 706/828-2394.

Tips to Conquer Morning Sickness

(AUGUSTA, GA. July 30, 2010) – Nausea commonly known as morning sickness can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and it affects about three quarters of pregnant women during the first trimester.

Morning sickness usually begins around the sixth week of pregnancy, sometimes as early as the fourth week, and can really occur at any time of the day, explained Beth Barranco, a registered nurse and University Hospital’s WAGT Healthy U correspondent.

“For most women it seems to stop around the 12th week of pregnancy, but for a small percentage of women it can last the entire pregnancy,” she said.

For most women, symptoms are worse in the morning and ease up over the course of the day. For others, they can strike at any time and last all day long.

“No one knows for sure what causes nausea during pregnancy,” Ms. Barranco said. “But researchers believe that it is a combination of the multiple physical changes including increasing hormone (HCG and estrogen) levels and a pre-pregnancy history of a weak stomach and sensitivity to odors.”

Morning sickness is not harmful to expectant mothers or their babies, but excessive vomiting and trouble eating an adequate amount of food can lead to a harmful lack of nutrients and electrolyte imbalance.

Here are some simple DOs and DON'Ts to help alleviate morning sickness:

Do:

  • Eat small meals often and drink fluids a 1/2 hour before or after meals, but not with meals.
  • Keep soda crackers on your bedside table and eat some 15 minutes before getting up in the morning.
  • Avoid foods and smells that increase nausea.
  • Avoid warm places. (Feeling hot adds to nausea.)
  • Sniff lemons or ginger, drink lemonade or limeade, eat watermelon or salty potato chips.
  • Exercise.

Don't:

  • Lie down after eating
  • Skip meals
  • Cook or eat spicy food

For more information on morning sickness, contact ASK-A-NURSE at 706/737-8423.

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