Morning Sickness

Prenatal Dietitian Carla Johnson discusses the importance of getting your required nutrients through healthy eating even when suffering from morning sickness.

Every woman will have varying experiences when it comes to feeling or being sick during their pregnancy.

Some women will tell you that they experienced very little nausea.

Some will tell you that they were sick every day, all day, and that the experience was quite debilitating.

Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting during the first trimester) can be a sign of a healthy pregnancy so if you are experiencing nausea then there is little reason to be too concerned.

A study of more than 2,400 pregnant women associated nausea and vomiting during the first trimester with a reduced risk of early pregnancy loss particularly for women over the age of 30 years.

When Nausea May Cause Concern
Nausea can sometimes signal a problem. Severe nausea and vomiting can indicate a molar pregnancy which is when the placenta develops into an abnormal mass of cysts rather than becoming a viable pregnancy.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition that can cause you to lose weight and body fluids which could result in you requiring medical treatment with intravenous fluids and medications.

When Should I Contact My Doctor?
As with any medical issue contact your Doctor. You should not place any unnecessary stress on yourself by wondering if there may be a problem. A quick visit to your Doctor could alleviate any concerns.

Why Am I So Sick?
The cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t clear; however, nausea typically begins when production of HCG (hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin) begins.

Shortly after a fertilized egg attaches to your uterine lining, your body begins to produce HCG.

Therefore, nausea during pregnancy can indicate that you are experiencing the normal changes in pregnancy hormones.

Theories Suggest That Nausea During Pregnancy May:

• Encourage you to eat foods that contain certain nutrients (e.g. carbohydrates).

• Prompt you to adjust your activity level to favour maternal and foetal tissue growth.

• Reduce foetal exposure to potentially dangerous substances in your diet.

What If I am Not Sick?
If you do not experience nausea during your pregnancy then you should not be concerned. Again, many women do not experience nausea and are fortunate enough not to endure this side effect of being pregnant.

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