The Plus Side to Morning Sickness

Every time I was pregnant, I knew whether I was having a boy or girl. How you ask. It all surrounded morning sickness. For my girls, I was sick for six months. Everything from the smell of hotdogs, seafood, fried foods, and even my husband turned me green. With my boys, I experience no morning sickness. Morning sickness, which occurs at any time of the day or night, is a part of every woman’s pregnancy. Morning sickness is caused by an increase of Human chorionic gonadotropin, or HCG, the hormones that accompany pregnancy. Women who are having twins or triplets have much higher levels of HCG often have excessive nausea and vomiting. Estrogen and progesterone are also at higher levels during the first trimester, and may influence nausea and vomiting as well.

It is now believed that morning sickness may serve a beneficial function. A recent study found that typical food aversions during pregnancy may actually protect mothers and fetuses from food-borne illnesses. Morning sickness peaks when organ development is most susceptible to harmful substances – between the sixth and 18th week of pregnancy.

Here are a few things you can do to make morning sickness a bit easier.

  1. Cut the fat before becoming pregnant.
  2. Keep something in your stomach.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids throughout the day.
  4. Eat five or six small meals.
  5. Also, sit upright after eating.
  6. Separate your dry foods from your liquids.
  7. Drink fluids about a half-hour after eating solid foods.
  8. Take a short break from your prenatal vitamins. 9. Eat what you crave.
  9. Avoid odors and foods that make you queasy.

Congratulations and all the best with your pregnancy and morning sickness!

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