Morning sickness affects a large percentage of pregnant women and refers to the nausea and vomiting that can be experienced during the first trimester of pregnancy. ‘Morning sickness’ is rather a misleading name, given that it can occur at any time of day. The symptoms will differ across pregnancies, but morning sickness is generally experienced during the fourth and fourteenth week of pregnancy, though it may be longer for some women.
Morning sickness causes no harm to the unborn baby, however, the condition hyperemesis gravidarum, or severe morning sickness, can cause dizziness and dehydration which may require the mother to be admitted to hospital and treated with IV fluid and anti-nausea medication. If you believe you are suffering hyperemesis gravidarum contact your obstetrician. Western Specialist Centre in Melbourne can offer you morning sickness treatment options, as well as help and support for other pregnancy-related discomforts.
Signs and Symptoms of Morning Sickness
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of appetite
Causes of Morning Sickness
There is no known cause for morning sickness, though there are a few physical and metabolic aspects that can play a role such as:
- Physical and chemical changes
- Hormonal changes – high oestrogen levels
- Low blood pressure or any fluctuations
- Change in the metabolism
- Emotional stress
- Some foods
Diagnoses and Morning Sickness Treatments in Melbourne
Based on the symptoms you experience your doctor may diagnose morning sickness, which in most cases does not require any treatment, though in acute cases your doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medication and vitamin B6 supplements. If it is suspected that the mother is suffering hyperemesis gravidarum, further blood and urine tests will be required. If confirmed, severe morning sickness may require hospitalisation to receive anti-nausea medication and intravenous fluids.
Prevention of Morning Sickness
Prenatal vitamins taken before conception may to some extent reduce morning sickness. If you are planning to get pregnant, you can discuss prenatal vitamins with your doctor.
Home Remedies for Morning Sickness Treatment
Morning sickness is very common, and in most cases, there is not a prescribed treatment that can help. However, there are several lifestyle changes and home remedies that may ease the symptoms. Important things to be aware of include:
- Food choices
- Fresh air
You should choose the food you ingest carefully. Eating more easily digestible food and those rich in carbohydrates may help along with salty foods and ginger. Snacking throughout the day instead of having large meals may also be beneficial. You should avoid greasy, fried, spicy and hard to digest foods. Drinking plenty of fluids is also important. Sipping water frequently will help, you could also try a ginger drink, or you could try sucking on ice cubes or hard candy. When you can, it is important to get plenty of fresh air and take regular walks.
For more information or any questions about morning sickness treatments in Melbourne contact Western Specialist Centre.