It is difficult to get excited about decorating a nursery when the room is spinning. If you feel like you are riding the mobile over the baby’s crib, keep in mind that–for most women–morning sickness lets up for at least some of the pregnancy. Relax and remember that it’s a normal symptom that often ends quickly.
Morning sickness is a common problem in pregnancy. The University of Cincinnati NetWellness website estimates that 75 percent of pregnant women experience morning sickness at some point in their pregnancy. For some, this might be a mild dizziness. For others, it might involve vomiting. These symptoms come on suddenly at the onset of hormones in pregnancy and also end abruptly as the body grows and changes.
Despite its name, morning sickness can linger throughout the day and night. Most women only experience extreme nausea during the first trimester, or three months, of pregnancy, although nausea or dizziness may flare up any time during pregnancy. If you can bear the nausea for two to four months, you should be in the clear, able to get back to working or preparing for your baby.
Morning sickness is brought on by an increase in hormones in your pregnant body. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about the hormones. They come with the pregnancy. The nausea can be triggered by noxious smells or exhaustion, also natural parts of pregnancy. To help usher morning sickness out more quickly and thoroughly, avoid smells that trigger morning sickness and get plenty of rest throughout your pregnancy.
Because morning sickness only lasts through the first trimester and ends suddenly, it doesn’t normally harm the mother or baby. If the nausea lingers, causing excessive vomiting, dehydration or malnutrition, you should go see a doctor. Your diet might lack some nutrients that you and the baby need. The doctor can help you work out your daily diet and routine to get the nausea under control as soon as possible. If nutrition and routine are not causing your extreme morning sickness, the doctor may prescribe medication to help relieve your symptoms.
Believe it or not, that horrible feeling might actually be good for you and the baby. It forces you to slow down your routine and get in bed, getting necessary rest. It deters you from any food that could potentially harbor disease or rot. Yes, that gagging you do every time raw meat comes out will keep you from eating it, saving you and the baby from bacteria. Follow your nose, rest, and wait it out. It will be over soon.
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