Morning Sickness: It’s Causes and Its Cure

Morning Sickness: It's Causes and Its Cure

Morning sickness – from the typical type, a relatively mild nausea to the more severe one known as hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) – is relatively common in expectant mothers. In fact, more than three-quarters of pregnant women suffer from some nausea or vomiting during their first trimester.

Many doctors – and expectant mothers! – wonder at the root causes of the symptoms and what can be done to alleviate them. Here are some of the factors that are usually considered:

Time frame

Most cases of morning sickness occur during the first trimester of a pregnancy – specifically in the first four to six weeks of the pregnancy. While most expectant mothers suffer from the affliction just after rising in the morning – hence the name – a significant number will experience nausea later in the day either spontaneously or triggered by certain smells or tastes. If all food and drink cause you to experience nausea, it may be a sign that you have hyperemesis gravidarum – an extreme form of morning sickness.

Check with your doctor. The fact that you feel nauseous means that you have a high level of pregnancy hormones in your body – a good thing – but feeling sick all day can be quite bothersome and is not good for either the mother or the fetus.

Boy Versus Girl

As is patently obvious to anyone, male and female fetuses develop quite differently in the womb. This fact means that different hormones are introduced into the mother’s system that can affect it in varying ways. In particular, there is significant medical evidence that the hormones produced by girl babies can have a more powerful effect on the expectant mother. The result is more pronounced feelings of nausea early in the pregnancy if the fetus is a female instead of a male. It should be noted that there is a large group of OB-GYNs – many of them women who have birthed their own sons and daughters – who disagree with the conclusion.

Twins and triplets

Similarly, the presence of multiple fetuses means a greater increase in all sorts of pregnancy hormones that will affect the mother’s body than in a single fetus pregnancy. The result can wreak havoc with an expectant mothers constitution. More importantly, If a woman is pregnant with multiples, she and her babies are more likely to have other health complications – most notably anemia, gestational diabetes, elevated blood pressure and an overabundance of amniotic fluid – than if they are pregnant with a single baby.

Medications

There are a whole host of remedies – from herbal through over-the-counter (OTC) to a prescription – that is recommended for curing morning sickness. When looking for relief from morning sickness, it is highly to try to minimize your baby’s exposure to drugs. Your first choice should be a non-drug remedy – eating raw ginger or undergoing peppermint aromatherapy are two favorites of the “organic” advocates. OTC options include Emetrol, Santec, and Pepcid.

They are fairly mild but should still be taken in moderation. Finally, for severe cases of morning sickness, a physician may prescribe a number of more powerful drugs such as Phenergan, Tigan, Compazine, Maxalon or Zofran

For more information on morning sickness, how it can affect the course of your pregnancy and how to most effectively and safely relieve it, please contact visit us online at YourFirstLook.org or reach us directly with any questions at 567.455.1101.