Morning Sickness, also known as nausea/vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) affects approximately 50% of pregnant women. The nausea may be mild, or severe enough to induce vomiting. And while it might be known is “morning sickness” it can strike at any time of the day.
Many expects suggest that morning sickness occurs most in women whose bodies are most sensitive to the hormonal changes that come along with pregnancy. Estrogen levels can jump up to 100 times greater during pregnancy, and progesterone is known to relax the intestinal muscles, resulting in excess stomach acid.
Others suggest that our increased sensitivity to smell is part of the problem. Many women find themselves sensitive to many odors, which can overstimulate normal nausea triggers.
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Some experts even suggest that morning sickness is an evolutionary adaptation for survival. They believe that this adaptation is a way to protect mom and baby from food poisoning. Scientists have found a correlation between toxin concentrations in foods, and the tastes and odors that cause revulsion in pregnant mothers. But studies to prove these beliefs are still lacking.
No matter the cause of the nausea, when you have it, you want it gone!
Prescribed Meds can be Dangerous
When dealing with morning sickness, many doctors will suggest a prescription to relieve the symptoms. While they might be effective in soothing your stomach, the safety for an unborn baby is often unknown.
Take Zofran for example. Zofran is a powerful anti-nausea drug approved for treating chemotherapy and surgery patients. This drug is being prescribed to pregnant women and is now being recognized to cause birth defects. According to a lawsuit and Toronto Star analysis, at least 20 Canadian women treated with Zofran for vomiting in pregnancy experienced serious suspected side-effects, including two infant deaths and multiple cases of newborns with heart defects and kidney malformations. Zofran (aka Ondansetron) is just one of several powerful drugs being prescribed to pregnant women for unapproved uses.
How to Curb Nausea Naturally
If you are suffering from morning sickness or NVP, there are ways to decrease the discomfort naturally, without turning to medications that might affect the growing and vulnerable life within you.
Staying hydrated is crucial. A great remedy is mixing 1T of pure apple cider vinegar and 1T pure honey with a tall glass of filtered water.
Enjoy a cup of ginger tea first thing in the morning. This spicy herb is the same used to curb motion sickness. To make ginger tea, simply boil 1/8 cup dried root in 1 cup of water for 20 minutes, strain, and sip.
Ginger really is one of the best options for curbing nausea. Your local health food store will most likely carry ginger chews; a small candied ginger that you can pop in your mouth anytime you are feeling ill.
Many moms find that nausea is worse after taking their prenatal vitamins. Ensure that you are doing so with water and food, or even better, take half of the required prenatal in the morning and the other half later in the day.
When 600 pregnant women suffering from morning sickness were studied, those given just 20 minutes of acupuncture a week made remarkable improvements. Acupuncture works by using small needles to stimulate certain points on the body. With acupuncture treatments, the severity of morning sickness is believed to lessen as well as the frequency with which it occurs.
Keep sliced lemon nearby. Some women report that smelling lemon helps with morning sickness. Others find drinking water with a few squeezes of lemon to help as well.
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