It’s not easy feeling queasy:
What you should know about morning sickness
If it's any consolation, about four out of five women experience
nausea during early pregnancy.
So if you're one of those four, you have
plenty of company. The other thing about morning sickness is that it
can happen any time during the day or night. The reason it's called
morning sickness is that it seems to accompany an empty stomach and
stomachs tend to be more likely to be empty in the morning.
The causes for morning sickness (other than being pregnant!)
aren't fully understood, but most theories center on the various
hormonal changes that are taking place. Because drugs can negatively
affect your developing baby, medication is not the way to treat nausea
except in extreme cases where severe vomiting occurs. So there's no quick and easy solution.
What you can do to ease the effects center on your diet – as in what you eat and when. For
example, try small, more frequent meals that are high in protein, such as fish, lean meats, eggs,
yogurt, nuts, cheese and tofu. More complex carbohydrates, things like whole grain breads and
cereals, brown rice dried beans, peas and potatoes are a good idea also. You may also want to
try the old tried-and-true method of having some dry toast, dry cereal or crackers and a little
soda before you get out of bed. Plus it's usually a good idea to avoid spicy or greasy foods or
anything with a strong odor.
When it comes to drinking, don't wait until you're thirsty. Smaller, regular amounts of liquid
will keep you from being dehydrated and may be easier than drinking a full glass all at once.
And don't forget that as pregnancy goes forward, your usual daily routine will leave you
feeling more fatigued. Since fatigue and stress seem to be contributors to morning sickness try
to get as much rest and relaxation as possible. The good news is that morning sickness can vanish
as quickly as it appears. While it can vary in duration, it is usually gone by the 14th week or
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