WHAT IS MORNING SICKNESS?
Morning sickness is the nauseated feeling you get during pregnancy and it can be accompanied with vomiting. More than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. It usually starts around week 6 of pregnancy, but it can even begin at 4 weeks. It tends to get worse over the next month. For most women it seems to stop around the 13th week of pregnancy but it may continue throughout the whole pregnancy if you’re unfortunate.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
If morning sickness is bothering you a lot, some simple measures may be enough to help. You should avoid strong smells, eat some crackers before you get out of bed in the morning, eat and drink in small portions throughout the day and take rest. If you have severe case of vomiting, there are safe and effective medications you can take. To be sure, check with your doctor. Some suggest to eat banana to overcome the vomit.
IS IT HARMFUL TO MY BABY?
Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if you experience excessive vomiting and you can’t keep any food down, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum can cause harm to you and your baby if it’s left untreated, due to the lack of nutrients. The most important thing is to inform your doctor when these symptoms appear and discuss possible options for treatment.
Many doctors consider morning sickness as a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well.