Pregnancy – Morning sickness

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Morning sickness

Before we discuss morning sickness, lets look at the first thing to do. Once you have a positive pregnancy test, see your your healthcare provider so that you can have a history, a physical exam and necessary medical checks. You should be eating well, looking after yourself by exercising and taking prenatal vitamins. Starting off with a healthy well balanced diet is a great thing you can do for yourself and your baby. By doing this, you’ll only need to make a few adjustments to your diet during your pregnancy.

When pregnant, you need to consume around 300 calories more than usual every day. A good way to do this listening to your body when you are hungry. You should try to eat as many foods as possible from the bottom of the food pyramid. If you gain weight too slow, try eating small meals and slightly increase the fat in your diet. You should always eat when you are hungry, as you are now eating for two. Now, lets look at morning sickness.

How to alleviate morning sickness

Morning sickness affects around 50% of pregnant women. A common fear for those who don’t is miscarriage. This is not true.

If you do have morning sickness, what has helped many woman is eating cold foods – like cold watermelon or cold grapes. Some find cold fennel soothing. If smells make you feel nauseous, try holding a slice of orange or lemon to your nose and inhaling. Then you will only smell citrus which can be very calming.

Water is good too and it is something that will help you throughout your entire pregnancy. Drinking a liter a day is so beneficial. If you are vomiting and nothing will stay down, you risk dehydration. Talk to your midwife or doctor. They will have alternative options that will help you.

An open and trusting relationship with your healthcare provider is essential and can make all the difference in how you feel about your pregnancy and birth experience. So if you don’t feel completely comfortable with your doctor or midwife get a different one.

For information about conditions that affect pregnancy click here.

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