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You Are Not Alone

Morning sickness is one of the most common problems for pregnant women to experience throughout their first trimesters. If you have been experiencing morning sickness, be sure to relax and take comfort knowing that you are not alone.

What To Watch Out For

For how common it is, morning sickness is a somewhat of a medical mystery. However, many doctors point to the dramatic increases in hormone levels during the first trimester of pregnancies as the most probable cause.

The primary symptoms of morning sickness include uncomfortable nausea that can also be accompanied by vomiting. Contrary to its name, it is normal for the symptoms of morning sickness to affect you at any time of the day.

How To Alleviate Symptoms of Morning Sickness

Although a definitive cure for morning sickness is not known, here are some helpful tips that can alleviate your symptoms of discomfort:

  • Make sure you are getting enough sleep.
  • Make sure you are getting a reasonable amount of exercise.
  • Eat light meals that are high in protein frequently throughout the day.
  • Eat a small snack in the morning right when you wake up to help relax your stomach.
  • Avoid spicy/fatty foods and even odors that bother you as they may upset your stomach.
  • Avoid lying down immediately after you finish eating.

While it will certainly be uncomfortable for you, understand that mild cases of nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness are not threatening to you or your child’s health.

My Nausea and Vomiting are Uncontrollable

Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor questions at any time during your pregnancy. But, inform your obstetrician when you're vomiting and nausea become so severe that you cannot keep food down. This may be a sign of a more serious condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum that can be life-threatening for both you and your child.

Hyperemesis gravidarum involves nausea and vomiting so severe that the pregnant mother can experience dangerous weight loss and nutrient imbalances. In the most serious cases, a hospital visit may be required for the expecting mother to restore balance to electrolytes and nutrients.

Darrick Peters, DO

Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center

Dr. Peters is an obstetrician / gynecologist with Methodist Physicians Clinic Women's Center. “While I was on my rotations during medical school I had a natural draw to OB/GYN,” Dr. Peters said. “I really enjoy developing and building relationships that are more long term with patients. The ability to help a woman through her pregnancy and then help bring life into the world is just incredible.” He believes that the role of the physician is to provide guidance. &q ...

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