Morning Sickness of Pregnancy

What is Morning Sickness of Pregnancy?

During the first few months of pregnancy, your body produces elevated amounts of the reproductive hormones needed to support the developing baby and its environment. Unfortunately, during these early months, especially with your first child, these high hormone levels may also bring on bouts of dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. We need not elaborate further in describing these symptoms for any woman who has suffered through them. And indeed, many women experience nausea and vomiting between the sixth and twelfth weeks of pregnancy: about 50%! Although we usually speak of morning sickness, the waves of queasiness can strike in the morning, evening, or both, triggered by smells, motion, or a hot shower.

Morning Sickness of PregnancyWith safety concerns about using standard prescription medications to stop the nausea and vomiting when there's a developing baby in the picture, what does nutrition have to offer to help calm your queasiness?

What helps Morning Sickness of Pregnancy?

•  Deficiency of vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) may contribute to the nausea and vomiting seen in early pregnancy. Supplementing the vitamin helps to relieve the symptom. You must take care, however, to supplement the higher doses of vitamin B6 only in the first 4 to 5 months when nausea is a problem, because doses of about 20 mg a day can reduce milk production and can acclimate the baby to higher levels of pyridoxine than he or she can get in a commercial formula. Recommendation: If you suffer severe nausea and vomiting, take 20 to 50 mg of vitamin B6 daily no longer than through month 4 or 5 if needed in addition to your complete prenatal nutritional vitamin as prescribed by your obstetrician.

• L-methionine is effective in preventing nausea, and doctors use it to prevent toxemia in pregnancy. Recommendation: lake 1000 mg daily.

Morning Sickness of Pregnancy Herbal remedies

■ Although there's no hard-core scientific evidence that it helps morning sickness, pregnant women claim that ginger eases their discomfort and nausea. Who can argue with experience? Drink 2 cups of ginger tea daily.

• Peppermint is a stomach soother, but if you're going to use it, make a moderately weak tea and consume no more than 1 cup daily. It may trigger miscarriage in large amounts.

• Tea made from raspberry leaves curbs the nausea of morning sickness. The leaf is reputed to contain a constituent that is readily extracted with hot water. Ingesting it relaxes the smooth muscle of the uterus. Drink up to 3 cups daily.

Dosage may vary, depending on the duration and severity of your symptoms. Follow package directions, or consult a qualified herbal practitioner.

What makes Morning Sickness of Pregnancy worse?

•  Each woman will have specific foods, tastes, and smells that trigger her morning sickness, but there are no nutrients that consistently cause a worsening of the problem.



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