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Quick Morning Sickness Tactics

Most women will have some amount of morning sickness during pregnancy. For some, it’s only a mild irritant, but for others it can truly interfere with their daily lives. While morning sickness will eventually dissipate on its own, there are some things that you can do in the meantime to lessen the severity and frequency that comes from pregnancy-related nausea.

Here are some quick tactics to fight your morning sickness:

  • Eat cold foods when possible. Sandwiches, raw veggies and salads are great choices. Stay away from processed lunch meats, and make sure your foods are stored and prepared properly in order to prevent foodborne illnesses.
  • Bland foods are good too. Foods with mild tastes tend to be mild on the stomach. Chicken soups, broths, baked potatoes without any sour cream or cheese are all good examples of bland yet filling foods.
  • Eat small but frequent meals. This helps you from becoming too full or too hungry, both of which can aggravate morning sickness.
  • Use lemons. Lemons can soothe your stomach. Eat one, or simply smell them to get some relief.
  • Use ginger. Ginger is a wonderful option for soothing an upset stomach. You can use ginger tea, ginger ale (as long as it actually contains ginger) and other sources like nutritional supplements.
  • Eat flavored popsicles. The cold of the popsicle can often help to soothe morning sickness, too.
  • Use preggie pops. There are a number of different brands of lollipops that come in flavors that are thought to reduce morning sickness, such as ginger, lemon and mint.
  • Consider sea bands. There are also a variety of wrist bands that use acupressure points to help reduce nausea, as well.
  • Talk to your doctor. If your morning sickness is severe, she may be able to recommend some medications that are safe to use during pregnancy. Don’t take anti-nausea medications, even those you can purchase over the counter, without having this conversation with your doctor first.

Morning sickness is inevitable for many women, but it doesn’t have to shut down your life completely. Try out these morning sickness tactics and you may find that your morning sickness is manageable.

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How Does Morning Sickness Affect my Baby?

Generally speaking, you don’t have to worry about whether or not morning sickness will affect your baby. Morning sickness is a normal and natural part of pregnancy for many  women. In fact, some studies suggest that around 75 percent of women will experience at least a little bit of morning sickness while they’re pregnant.

In some cases, your morning sickness may affect your ability to eat or to keep food down. As long as you’re still able to get enough nutrients and you’re not losing weight, morning sickness probably isn’t going to be a concern. That morning sickness is going to end, typically around the end of the first trimester, and your appetite will return – often with a vengeance.

Even if your morning sickness keeps you from consuming a balanced diet, there are other ways to make sure you and your baby get the nutrients that you need. Your prenatal vitamins are a key part of making sure your baby has what she needs to properly grow and develop. If your morning sickness is severe enough that you’re having trouble taking your prenatal vitamin, talk to your doctor about taking a prenatal vitamin that has only a low dose of iron. Iron tends to make morning sickness worse, in general.

There are some risks that morning sickness will affect your baby if you experience severe and prolonged vomiting. There are studies that link prolonged vomiting to a higher rate of preterm births, low birth weight, and more.

So, while morning sickness is a normal and natural part of your pregnancy, not having morning sickness doesn’t necessarily mean that there’s something wrong, either. It’s possible that, if your baby or the placenta don’t develop the way that they are supposed to, your body’s production of hormones would be reduced, which would then lessen the likelihood of morning sickness.

Still, most women who don’t have morning sickness have happy and healthy pregnancies. If you’re concerned about too much morning sickness or a lack thereof, talk to your doctor. She can help to determine whether there’s a problem with your baby, or to help you find ways to overcome your morning sickness.

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Morning Sickness Risk Factors

While most women will have some morning sickness while they’re pregnant, some women are much more prone to morning sickness than others. There are a number of factors that seem to be common among women who consistently experience morning sickness. While these factors don’t guarantee you’re going to have morning sickness, they do mean that it’s just more likely.

Here are some of the risk factors that seem to make it more likely that you’re going to experience at least some degree of morning sickness:

  • You’re pregnant with twins or multiples. There are a number of theories as to why women who are carrying multiple babies might be more prone to morning sickness. One of the strongest theories is that the elevated levels of hCG that appear during pregnancy are even higher when you’re pregnant with multiples, and this may contribute to nausea. However, some women who are pregnant with multiples don’t experience morning sickness at all, so it’s not a guarantee.
  • You’ve previously had morning sickness during pregnancy. Women who have had it before are likely to have it again during subsequent pregnancies.
  • Birth control pills tend to upset your stomach. Estrogen is one of the hormones in birth control pills, and it’s also elevated during pregnancy. If you experience nausea with one, you’re likely to have it with the other, as well.
  • You tend to have a queasy stomach in general. If you’re prone to motion sickness, for example, chances are pretty good you’re going to experience morning sickness, as well.
  • You’re genetically predisposed. There is a genetic component to morning sickness. If the women in your family have had morning sickness, there’s a good chance that you’ll have it, too.
  • You suffer from migraines. There is some evidence to suggest correlation between migraine headaches and morning sickness, although the exact nature of the connection isn’t certain.

The main thing to remember about morning sickness is that it’s going to pass, eventually. Most women, even those that experience severe morning sickness, find that it tends to dissipate by the end of their first trimester of pregnancy.

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