Know the Cause and Ease Morning Sickness

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You just got home from the doctor's office, and can't wait to share the good news with your husband and family. You are having a baby! Many couples are certainly elated with joy about the happy prospect of being new parents. However, while mommy is getting ready preparing for her new son or daughter, this can be a difficult stage of the pregnancy for her as well. She is now adding excess weight to that once shapely figure. It's not so easy to bend down and tie those shoes anymore!

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She is also possibly experiencing an upset stomach every morning she awakens, and often throughout the day. Why does a woman feel this way? Well, it's called morning sickness. Between 70 and 80 percent of pregnant women suffer from morning sickness, according to the Sun Herald newspaper of Australia. When the newly pregnant women get up in the morning, they may suffer from nausea, often accompanied by vomiting. Among the suspected causes of this condition is a rise in the level of hormone progesterone during pregnancy, which can produce excess stomach acids. Also, an enhanced sense of smell can make pregnant women prone to queasiness.

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Although there is no universal cure for morning sickness, the reporters recommend avoiding warm places (since heat can bring on nausea), taking naps and getting ample sleep, and smelling a cut lemon. What are some other ways you can ease morning sickness? Read the information below:

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Causes of Morning Sickness

Before learning about homemade remedies for morning sickness, you should first know about the causes of it. These things can trigger nausea and make you want to vomit. It is better to avoid these culprits beforehand, so that you will feel better throughout your pregnancy.

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    Stress.
    Feeling nauseated during pregnancy can be an abnormal response to stress. Your body is adapting to temporary changes in your body. That is why feeling dizzy and wanting to vomit are normal. However, these symptoms can get worse if you are careless while being pregnant. Do not get stressed out as this can cause you to feel nauseated.
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    An upset stomach.
    Like mentioned above, as a pregnant woman, you will feel a stomach upset from time to time, as your baby grows inside you. This is proven in the early stages of pregnancy. Pregnant women will experience gastrointestinal issues because they become sensitive to the changes.
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    Estrogen.
    The estrogen hormone can be the major source of nausea and dizzy feeling during pregnancy. A strong sense of smell occurs because of the high levels of estrogen in the body. However, this is normal, and you do not have to be worried.
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    Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
    This is a hormone produced in the placenta that helps retain the corpus luteum during pregnancy. It is believed to be a prime suspect because of its right timing. Nausea occurs at the same time as levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Women who carry multiples are prone to higher levels of hCG, so they are thought to experience higher rates of vomiting and nausea.
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    You are carrying a baby girl.
    One study discovered that women who felt severe nausea and vomiting were 50 percent more likely to be carrying a baby girl.
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The aforementioned are the common causes of morning sickness. With all the unwanted signs and symptoms, the most important thing you should learn is that they do not affect your baby's well-being. It is just a normal response to the temporary changes in your body. As the baby starts to grow bigger, you will no longer feel severe nausea and vomiting.

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Homemade Remedies for Morning Sickness:

It is quite difficult for women to undergo stages of pregnancy. Signs and symptoms can be felt and are bothersome. However, you can reduce these unwanted symptoms by preparing some homemade remedies for morning sickness.

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    Herbal teas.
    Ginger tea is a good herbal tea for pregnant women. This herb will naturally counteract morning sickness. To prepare a cup of ginger tea, you have to boil 30 grams of dried root in a pot of water for 20 minutes, and drain it into a cup. Allow it to cool and then sip it. This will help reduce nausea. Another herbal tea is red raspberry leaf. This herb is renowned for its good effects for women. It can help reduce signs and symptoms during pregnancy and soothe muscles in the uterus. To make it, boil 2 teaspoons of dried herbs in a pot of water. Pour it through a strainer into a cup and drink.
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    Water.
    This is considered as the best medicine among all! Amazing as it seems, pregnant women who drink a glass of water every hour are not as likely to feel morning sickness. This does not cause adverse effects either. The only problem is that it makes you want to urinate all the time, which can be bothersome for you as a pregnant woman.
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    Citruses.
    Oranges, limes, lemons and other citruses can help reduce morning sickness. You only have to sniff a peel of a citrus fruit and it will then help counteract nausea. You can also try drinking water with lemon or other citrus fruits. Some also recommend adding tangerine, orange, or grapefruit rinds to your favorite tea.
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    Crackers.
    Whole-wheat crackers, pretzels, and low salt soda crackers are good for you, as they cannot trigger morning sickness. Nibble on these foods every day and before going to sleep.
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    Fennel seeds.
    According to Chinese folk medicine, fennel seeds are a morning sickness remedy. To make a remedy, crush 1 tbsp. of fennel seeds in a coffee grinder. Place the finely crushed seeds in a cup and add hot water. Allow it to steep for 15 minutes and drink.
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    Thyme and lavender.
    Aside from citruses, you can also sniff thyme and lavender herbs. They can help reduce morning sickness. If you have these plants at home, you can pick pieces of them and sniff whenever you feel nauseated.
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    Mint.
    The anesthetic agents found in mint herbs work wonders in reducing morning sickness and gastrointestinal issues. To make a cup of mint tea, you have to add 1 tbsp. of mint leaves into a pot of water and bring it to a boil. Strain the liquid, using a fine mesh sieve, into a cup and discard the solids. Drink as many times as needed.
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    Vitamin B6.
    Doctors recommend taking 10-25 milligrams of vitamin B6 thrice daily for pregnant women. Vitamin B6 can help reduce nausea. Do not exceed the recommended dose, as it can cause side effects, such as dizziness, severe nausea, etc.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings:

  • Take note: Morning sickness and other symptoms will subside after the first trimester of pregnancy.
  • Red raspberry leaf caution: Doctors only recommend drinking red raspberry leaf tea in the later stages of pregnancy, because this can cause uterine contractions when consumed too much in the early stages. Women who are at higher risks of miscarriage should not drink any herbal teas.
  • Eat small amounts: You should smaller meals more frequently throughout the day. This can be more bearable than eating too large of a meal.
  • Cautions on alternative medicines. Although some herbs are proven effective in reducing morning sickness, they can also cause miscarriage and early labor if consumed too much.
  • Consult a healthcare provider: Before taking or using any alternative medications, see your doctor first and ask about them if they are safe for you.
  • Cautions on herbs: If you are prone to allergic reactions, you should not drink any herbal teas. Consult your health care provider first before drinking them.
  • Avoid eating fatty and fried foods: These foods can trigger nausea, so you may want to avoid these foods. They are also not healthy.
  • If you have problems with any of these steps, ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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