Why do women vomit during pregnancy? What are the precautions to be taken?
Motherhood is considered one of the greatest gifts of life. The incredible role of being a mother is self-fulfilling one and yet as we saw on Mother’s day, one that is appreciated and valued by everyone. But there is a side to motherhood, not many people try to glamorize.
Women during pregnancy face many physical obstacles, that are sometimes almost too much. From cramps and cravings to the constant urination to the dreaded morning sickness.
Morning sickness is an issue that more than 50% of pregnant women face. Unlike the name suggests, morning sickness doesn’t limit itself to the morning. In fact, for some women, the vomiting seems to go from sunrise to sunset.
While the actual cause of morning sickness hasn’t been pinpointed, it has been speculated, that it is due to hormonal imbalances, that the body is not used to which our immune system is trying to flush out.
Another explanation is the build-up of acids in the stomach, during the night. Another more likely explanation is that during pregnancy, women tend to get sharper senses.
Therefore vomiting is likely to occur when brought into contact with certain odors and certain foods that their body does not agree with. Other factors can include stress, fatigue, anxiety, sensitive stomach and vitamin or mineral deficiencies.
Although there are no outright cures, there are certain remedies that can help to make this time of pregnancy easier for you. A few easy home based remedies are likely to help reduce morning sickness or at least the severity of it.
Water is the best medicine for morning sickness. Women who drink a glass of water every hour have less chance of getting morning sickness. Always keep a glass of water nearby, so you can drink a few sips in the morning to help settle your stomach. Also, drink plenty of water throughout the day. The extra water doesn’t just help with morning sickness, it’s also good for the baby.
Ginger is a great help and one of the best natural remedies for morning sickness. If you aren’t ready to suck on a piece of ginger, chewing a ginger candy can help too. Also, you can make ginger tea by boiling 1 teaspoon of grated ginger in 1 cup of water for 10 minutes. Strain, add a little honey and sip it slowly. Drinking 1 to 2 cups of ginger tea during the morning will help settle your stomach.
Sniff a Lemon
No, it’s not a drug thing. The soothing smell of lemons has a natural calming effect on the body and helps soothe nausea and reduce vomiting. You can also put a few drops of Lemon essential into your handkerchief and sniff it, whenever you feel a bout of nausea coming up
Have some crackers
As unlikely as it sounds, one way to reduce vomiting is to snack on crackers in the morning, just after waking up. Crackers are rich in carbohydrates and are basically bland, so they help to soak up the acids accumulated in the night to help settle the stomach.
Peppermint is an herb, known for reducing morning sickness and nausea during pregnancy. It stops vomiting and calms the stomach. You can use peppermint “tea”. Add 1 tsp. of peppermint in a cup of hot water and steep it for 5-10 minutes.
Strain and add sugar or honey and have it in the morning. Or inhale the smell of peppermint whenever you feel nausea. However, for some women, the smell of peppermint will induce nausea so avoid it in those cases.
Increase your Vitamin B6 intake
Although the exact reason isn’t known, Vitamin B6 has been found to help ease morning sickness. As a bonus, this vitamin causes no harm to the baby itself, so it is completely safe to use. You can either use Vitamin B6 supplements in the morning or switch to a diet rich in Vitamin B6. This includes brown rice, bananas, fish, avocadoes, corn, etc. Before taking supplements, consult your gynecologists about it.
Take a walk
Unless your doctor is against it, regular walks and light exercise are very helpful during pregnancy. Walking helps in digestion and the fresh air will make you feel better. If you cannot walk outdoors, walking inside your house is good too. Take a walk for 15-20 minutes after dinner every day.
This helps to dilute the progesterone hormone in our body which is one of the reasons behind morning sickness. Avoid lying down for at least half an hour after a heavy meal.
Morning sickness is very much a natural phenomenon and you don’t have to worry about it. But if you feel the vomiting is severe and it becomes hard to hold down even fluids or bland foods, seek medical help.