One of the most difficult parts about the first trimester of your pregnancy is dealing with morning sickness. This is very common in pregnancy, and most women experience at least some nausea.
Feeling sick typically begins during the first month of pregnancy and can last well into the 16th week. However, some women experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancy.
Although you may worry that feeling so sick can hurt your baby, it doesn’t. You should also keep in mind that the amount of morning sickness you experience during your first pregnancy doesn’t predict whether or not you will have it during future pregnancies.
According to the National Institutes of Health, the cause of morning sickness is unknown. However, some health experts believe that it may be due to hormonal changes and lower blood sugar. Women who experience emotional stress, fatigue and eat some foods can make the problems worse.
5 things that make morning sickness worse
Doing too much: If you’re trying to do it all in terms of taking care of yourself, the house and work, then you may actually be making your morning sickness worse. Overdoing it isn’t a good idea during pregnancy, even if staying busy helps you keep your mind off of the nauseating feelings you have.
Food aversions: It varies from woman to woman, but you’ll notice that certain types of foods can make your morning sickness even worse. Some can eat bread, fruit salad or mashed potatoes without getting sick while others can’t even drink juice or eat a few crackers before they find themselves running to the bathroom.
Being tired: Your doctor will emphasize how important it is that you get enough sleep, and they’re right. It seems as though the first trimester consists of nothing more than sleeping, but if you don’t get enough then you’re going to have more than just morning sickness. You’re going to feel icky all day.
Dehydration: Between vomiting and your urge to resist eating, it’s pretty easy to become dehydrated. However, drink as much water as you can to limit the queasy feelings. Bring a water bottle with you wherever you go and every time it’s empty, refill it.
Not eating at all: Despite your food aversions, having an empty stomach can make you feel even more sick. Some women find that if they eat small meals more frequently throughout the day then they can avoid feeling bad. Whatever you do, just try not to let your stomach get empty.
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