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Morning Sickness

Morning SicknessMany of Dr. Morice’s tubal reversal Dr. Morice’s tubal reversal patients feel nothing but joy when they learn they are pregnant with their baby.  Dr. Morice’s Dr. Morice’s tubal reversal tubal reversal success rates are among the highest in the country. Morning sickness can, however, be a tough part of the first trimester.

What is morning sickness?

Morning sickness is a common condition during the first trimester of pregnancy. It involves nausea, and sometime vomiting. Most women report being nauseous during the first trimester, and approximately one third report vomiting.

What causes morning sickness?

Physicians are not sure what causes morning sickness, but it’s believed to be a combination of factors. The body is going through many changes during the first trimester. The large swings in hormone levels and rapid increase of human chorlonic gonadotropin (hCG) is a main suspect.hCG levels peak during the first trimester, as does morning sickness. Another cause may be the rise in estrogen, which may also contribute to an enhanced sense of smell. Together, both of these may lead to morning sickness.

Does morning sickness only happen in the morning?

No. Morning sickness can happen at any time. Some women, however, report that their nausea is much worse in the morning, which has coined the term “morning sickness”. Many women report feeling nauseous all day or at random times throughout the day.

Does morning sickness hurt my baby?

Mild and moderate morning sickness is generally not harmful. This may include nausea and/or vomiting, typically in the morning. As long as you are able to keep food and water down during most of the day, you should be able to avoid dehydration. It is a good idea to keep taking your prenatal vitamin to ensure you are getting the vitamins and minerals you need. If you are unable to eat or drink due to nausea or morning sickness, contact your doctor.

Can morning sickness be dangerous?

If morning sickness is so bad that it leads to dehydration or an inability to eat, than it can be dangerous. Severe morning sickness is characterized by extreme nausea and persistent vomiting that leads to dehydration. This is also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, and it can be dangerous to you and your baby. Your doctor can run tests to determine if you are dehydrated. If dehydration is apparent, your doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medication. If it is very severe, you may go to the hospital to be rehydrated with an IV.

If I am experiencing morning sickness, what should I do?

Call your doctor about morning sickness if you are unable to eat or drink and are concerned about dehydration. If you are able to eat and drink, eat small, bland meals such as crackers, and eat them slowly. Some women report small, high protein meals help ease their symptoms. Cold foods typically have less of an aroma and are therefore less likely to trigger nausea. Aim to drink 6-8 cups of water per day in small doses.

While morning sickness can be unpleasant, it also means you are pregnant with a beautiful baby. Dr. Morice is an experienced and caring OB/GYN in Morgan City, LA. He specializes in perinatal care, women’s health, and microsurgical tubal reversal surgery. Contact our office at (985) 702-BABY or drmorice@mybabydoc.com

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