Morning sickness is a common problem experienced during early pregnancy, and can be described as nausea and/or vomiting felt usually on getting up in the morning or during the first half of the day. It can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and is usually found to begin when one is about one and a half months pregnant. In many women it can occur at any time of the day. This sickness usually reduces on completion of three months of pregnancy. Many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign, as it means the pregnancy is developing well.
Morning sickness is usually manageable with some diet changes and medicines, but if it is uncontrollable then it may be a medical problem known as Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which leads to dehydration and electrolyte imbalance and is harmful if left untreated. The condition usually needs short hospitalization.
Have no fear, Hyperemesis Gravidarum is not common. Morning sickness, however, is commonly expected during pregnancy, for which there are several ways to relieve the condition.
Helpful Do’s And Don’ts
- Eat small frequent meals.
- Keep drinking liquids like nimbu pani, coconut water, lassi and juices.
- Eat 1-2 dry biscuits like the ones from the brand Marie or any cream crackers just before getting up from your bed in the morning.
- Start the day with a light breakfast.
- Tulsi leaves, ilaichi, lemon drops can be chewed to help relieve nausea.
- If warm milk leads to nausea, then try cold milk with ice and some flavors like rose, roohafza.
- Eat more fresh fruits and salads.
- See for yourself which food items relieve your nausea and which increase it, and be selective accordingly.
- Ask your doctor who can also prescribe some mild medicines for morning sickness.
- Do not lie down immediately after eating.
- If possible, do not drink water with meals but after some time, as it may lead to vomiting if taken along with the meal.
- Do not eat very spicy food.
- Do not skip meals.
- Do not strain yourself too much physically or mentally.
- Do not take any medications for this condition without consulting your doctor first.
Dr. Anita Gupta
Obstetrician and Gynae Laparoscopic Surgeon