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Jun 14, 2007 at 08:50 o\clock

MORNING SICKNESS

               MORNING SICKNESS 

INTRODUCTION:

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) are commonly known as morning sickness. It affects almost 50 to 80% of pregnant women. Women have been suffering from this condition for centuries, but still the exact mechanisms or causes of the diseases not known. NVP is probably due to a number of factors which include a combination of physiologic changes, higher levels of hormones, higher sensitivity to odors, etc....The nausea can be mild or induce actual vomiting. In extreme cases, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, hospitalization may be required to treat the resulting dehydration. Morning sickness can occur at any time of the day, though it occurs most often upon waking, because blood sugar levels are typically the lowest after a night without food. 

SYMPTOMS:

The common symptoms are stated below

Nausea

Vomiting

Constipation

Backache

Darkening of areola

Excessive salivation

Frequent urination

Lower abdominal cramps  

CAUSES:

No one is exactly sure what causes morning sickness but it would seem that the cause is a combination of issues related to the chemical changes the body is going through.One of the theories is that morning sickness is caused by the dominant hormone during pregnancy, progesterone. Another theory is that morning sickness is caused by the buildup of HCG, human chorionic gonadotopin in the system. The other common causes includeLow blood sugar during pregnancySmelling certain odors like perfume, petrol etc.  Smelling certain foods Eating certain foods like meat Eating foods that are rich in fat or spicy Tiredness Becoming anxious or worried Vitamin or mineral deficiency   

TREATMENT:

Treatments for morning sickness typically aim to lessen the symptoms of nausea, rather than attacking the root cause(s) of the nausea. Treatments include:

Avoiding an empty stomach

Eating five or six small meals per day, rather than three large ones

 Ginger, in capsules, tea, ginger ale, ginger beer or ginger snapsVitamin B6 (either pyridoxine or pyridoxamine), often taken in combination with the antihistamine doxylamine (Diclectin®).

Lemons, particularly the smelling of freshly cut lemons.

Accommodating food cravings and aversions Eating dry crackers in the morning 

Eating bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and tea. Drinking liquids 30 to 45 minutes after eating solid food.  The doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medications if the expectant mother suffers from dehydration or malnutrition as a result of her morning sickness, a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum.

Vitamin K and vitamin C, taken together, may provide relief of symptoms for some women.


SELF CARE:

• Try to avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea.

•It might also help to stick to bland foods. Try to eat food cold or at room temperature, because it tends to have less of an aroma than when it's hot.

• Keep simple snacks, such as crackers, by your bed. When you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up. Snacking on crackers may also help you feel better if you wake up nauseated in the middle of the night.

• Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so that your stomach is never empty. Some women find that carbohydrates are most appealing when they feel nauseated, but high-protein foods were more likely to ease symptoms.

• Avoid fatty foods, which take longer to digest. Also steer clear of rich, spicy, acidic, and fried foods, which can irritate your digestive system.

• Try drinking fluids mostly between meals. And don't drink so much at one time that your stomach feels full, as that will make you less hungry for food. A good strategy is to sip fluids frequently throughout the day.

• Aim to drink about a quart and a half altogether. If you've been vomiting a lot, try a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium to replace lost electrolytes.

• Give yourself time to relax and take naps if you can.

• Try taking prenatal vitamins with food or just before bed. You might also want to ask your healthcare provider whether you can switch to a prenatal vitamin with a low dose of iron or no iron for the first trimester, since this mineral can be hard on your digestive system.

• Try ginger, an alternative remedy thought to settle the stomach and help quell queasiness. Grate some fresh ginger into hot water to make ginger tea, or see if ginger candies help.

• Try an acupressure band, a soft cotton wristband that's sold at drugstores. You strap it on so that the plastic button pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist. This simple and inexpensive device, designed to ward off seasickness, has helped some pregnant women through morning sickness.

• Ask your provider about a device that stimulates the underside of your wrist with a mild electric current. This "acustimulation" device is available by prescription only.  

HOME REMEDIES:

Instead of eating foods, try to drink them, it’s easier for the body to digest a milk shake or fruit shake instead of having to chew them.

Avoid foods and odors that make you feel nausea.

Drink plenty of carbonated beverages, without caffeine.

Consuming ginger ale for example, will promote the elimination of gas, when at the same time ginger ale contains ginger, an herb that soothes the digestive tract. Also mix singles drops of ginger, fennel and peppermint oils, then add them in an ounce of carrier oil. This exquisite oil massaged into the skin will settle the stomach.

 For something more relaxing, put a few drops of lavender oil in the bath tub and enjoy the immersion.

Taking ½ to 1 tsp of Wild yam root every day will help you deal your morning sickness.

Mix 1/2 tsp ginger juice, 1 tsp fresh lime juice, 1 tsp mint juice and 1 tsp honey to be taken 3-4 times a day

Take about 15-20 fresh curry leaves and extract the juice. Add 2 tsp of fresh limejuice and 1 tsp of honey to it. Drink this mixture 3-4 times in a day. 

HERBAL REMEDIES:

The most common herbal treatment includes Herbal Tea which contains: Meadowsweet herb, Linden flowers, Peppermint leaf & Fennel seed.Ginger has a place in all types of nauseous responses and Morning Sickness mix has this herb along with Chamomile, Liquorice, Sarsaparilla, Raspberry Leaf, Hypericum, Vervain, Fennel and St.Mary's Thistle all in concentrated liquid extract form. In addition Bach Flower Remedies such as Olive, Gorse, Scleranthus, Oak and Agrimony are also included. This mixture (just a few drops in water) will support the Liver and Pancreas where most nausea responses originate as well as gently assisting the body and the nervous system to come to terms with the hormonal changes generally involved in early pregnancy. It is quite a good idea to take a dose in the evening as well as in the morning and it should alleviate the symptoms common during the first trimester. 

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES:

Asarum

This remedy is indicated when a woman feels very ill, with constant nausea and retching. She is extremely sensitive to everything-especially noise, which can aggravate the nauseous feelings. She feels best when lying down and resting. Cool drinks or food may help, but it is hard for her to even think of eating.

Colchicum

Horrible nausea that is worse from the sight and smell of food (especially eggs or fish) often indicates this remedy. The woman retches and vomits, and has a sore and bloated feeling in the abdomen. She has trouble eating anything - although she often craves things, when she tries to eat them they make her sick. She is likely to feel ill from many smells that others don't even notice.

Ipecacuanha

This remedy is indicated for intense and constant nausea that is felt all day (not only in the morning) with retching, belching, and excessive salivation. The woman may feel worse from lying down, but also worse from motion. Even after the woman vomits, she remains nauseous.

Kreosotum

When this remedy is indicated, the woman may salivate so much that she constantly swallows it, becoming nauseous. She may also vomit up food that looks undigested, several hours after eating.Lacticum acidum This remedy is indicated for "classic morning sickness": nausea worse immediately on waking in the morning and on opening the eyes. The woman may salivate a lot and have burning stomach pain. She usually has a decent appetite and feels better after eating.

Nux vomica

Nausea, especially in the morning and after eating, may respond to this remedy-especially if the woman is irritable, impatient, and chilly. She may retch a lot and have the urge to vomit, often without success. Her stomach feels sensitive and crampy, and she may be constipated.

Pulsatilla

This remedy can be helpful if nausea is worse in the afternoon and evening (often in the morning, as well). The woman is not very thirsty, although she may feel better from drinking something cool. She can crave many different foods, but feels sick from many things (including foods she craves). Creamy foods or desserts may be appealing, but can cause discomfort and burping or bring on vomiting. A woman who needs this remedy usually is affectionate, insecure, and weepy-wanting a lot of attention and comforting.

Sepia

Gnawing, intermittent nausea with an empty feeling in the stomach suggests a need for this remedy. It is especially indicated for a woman who is feeling irritable, sad, worn out, and indifferent to her family. She feels worst in the morning before she eats, but is not improved by eating and may vomit afterward. Nausea can be worse when she is lying on her side. Odors of any kind may aggravate the symptoms. Food often tastes too salty. She may lose her taste for many foods, but may still crave vinegar and sour things.

Tabacum

This remedy can be helpful to a woman who feels a ghastly nausea with a sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach. She looks extremely pale, feels very cold and faint, and needs to lie very still and keep her eyes closed.  

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