Morning sickness (NVP)  

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy (NVP) is an unwelcome but perfectly normal part of being pregnant. A midwife describes the symptoms and how you can relieve them, while a group of mothers share their experiences.

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Transcript of Morning sickness (NVP)

Morning sickness is a normal minor disorder of pregnancy.

It happens to over half of the population

and it can either be vomiting and nausea

or it can just be nausea by itself.

I never actually vomited but I used to feel sick.

Morning sickness normally starts after about six weeks from your last period,

that's the normal rough guideline, up until a good 16 weeks of pregnancy.

It was really, really horrible.

Some mornings it was coming out through the nose as well. Quite frightening.

Most people worry that morning sickness can harm the baby or cause problems.

That's actually not true.

Most pregnant people who have morning sickness,

their babies are fine and there are no problems whatsoever.

Smells would revolt me.

I was living with in-laws

and curries would be cooked first thing in the morning,

so that would set me up for the rest of the day.

If somebody got on who was eating something or they had BO, I'd be...

If people have morning sickness, what they can do

is change their diet slightly,

so eat more starch-like foods, more carbohydrates, low in fat.

I just found eating lots of carbs really helped,

avoiding milky things, so that worked for me.

Just knowing to avoid a lot of greasy and heavy breakfasts

and just trying to eat dry foods, a piece of toast with no butter.

There is a huge range of morning sickness,

from your normal waking up, nausea, not necessarily vomiting,

to somebody who vomits throughout the day,

who might need a little bit of extra help from the GP,

to somebody with hyperemesis, which is extreme morning sickness

where a woman is unable to keep down any fluids or any foods at all.

The second time round I had an absolute nightmare with the morning sickness.

It pretty much lasted for the first six months.

Treatment for hyperemesis,

you should see your GP or your midwife who you go and see normally,

but obviously hospitalisation,

so you'll need an IV line and some IV fluids to keep you hydrated

because you will lose a lot of hydration through vomiting.

And also anti-emetics, we call them, so anti-sickness tablets

to try and stabilise the sickness so you are able to take foods in.

I really was worried about the baby because of how much weight I lost

but I had a couple of scans and they reassured me that everything was fine,

the baby was growing fine.

Try and have a balanced diet as much as possible.

Try and drink a lot of fluids so you don't become dehydrated.

Do try the natural remedies like ginger and peppermint tea.

But if it persists throughout the pregnancy,

please see a GP to try and get a little bit of extra help.


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anass said on 10 December 2013

It risky to use any type of medication while one is pregnant and that is why most experts usually recommend that one only treat this condition using a few changes in lifestyle habits. It is reported that women who take more fluids throughout the day are less likely to suffer from debilitating morning sickness. Other tips that might help include getting lots of rest as fatigue is a known trigger of these symptoms. Moreover one can eat smaller meals more frequently to avoid over filling the stomach which can cause nausea. Other tips include eating cold food which doesn’t give off the aromas that hot food tends to have. Additionally one can eat food that is less spicy as they can cause nausea. One can also avoid very cold drinks particularly very sweet ones as they cause nausea. After looking into these among many other treatments one can go a step further and request family, friends and coworkers for support by keeping strong smells and scents to a minimum.

All in all morning sickness can be blight on an otherwise happy time for most mothers to be. However the assurance that their baby is safe and that all is well may be a much needed respite from the gloom of spitting up every little thing and coping with revulsion and nausea even in public spaces. On the flip side of knowing when does morning sickness start: is knowing when it stops. On average this condition only lasts for up to the 12th to 14th week of the pregnancy although it may last longer in some pregnancies. As such this is just a minor storm that one has to weather for a healthy and fit baby.

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welzaxa said on 10 January 2012

pregnant woman can use cardamom(elachi), one type of spice to reduce the distress of nausea..

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