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morning sickness

 
nausea and vomiting occurring during pregnancy, usually during the early months. Between 50 and 65 per cent of all women experience some degree of this during pregnancy, and about one third are affected to the point of vomiting. Morning sickness usually begins during the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy. Some cases may clear up in 1 to 3 weeks; others may persist until the fourteenth or sixteenth week. In most cases, morning sickness begins with a feeling of nausea on arising. Despite its name, morning sickness is not always limited to the morning. In rare cases, about one woman in 200, hyperemesis gravidarum, or pernicious vomiting of pregnancy, may develop. If unchecked, it may result in such symptoms as dehydration and weight loss, and may threaten the life of both the mother and the unborn child.
Causes. The actual causes of morning sickness are not known. It is believed that hunger is a contributing factor. It is also thought that there may be a metabolic upset that occurs as a result of pregnancy and contributes to this condition. Psychological factors may also contribute to or cause morning sickness.
Treatment. Morning sickness is usually little more than a discomfort, requiring no treatment. If a woman can be diverted from thinking about it, it tends to lessen or pass away entirely. If possible, she should have something light to eat before getting out of bed in the morning. This could be crackers or weak tea, possibly left beside the bed at night, with the tea in a thermos bottle; better still, someone might help her have breakfast in bed. After eating, she should rest for about 15 minutes before getting up.

Excessive fluid intake should be avoided. At meals, it is best to eat dry foods first. Liquids should be taken last and sipped in small quantities. Instead of three large meals, small meals should be eaten at more frequent intervals. It is also advisable to rest after each meal. Dry foods, such as crackers, or soft foods eaten every 2 hours until the nausea is over can also be helpful.

Sights, smells, and foods that may be disturbing should be avoided, as should greasy foods, fats, and butter. Also to be avoided are those vegetables which are hard to digest, such as cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, and onions. Antiemetics should be avoided during the first trimester because of the possible risks of teratogenesis.

morn·ing sick·ness

the nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy.

morning sickness

n.
Nausea and vomiting upon rising in the morning, especially during early pregnancy.

morning sickness

Pregnancy-related nausea often accompanied by vomiting upon awakening, possibly related to hunger. Morning sickness occurs in half of pregnancies in the first 2-12 weeks of gestation and, if severe, causes dehydration and acidosis

morning sickness

Nausea gravidarum Obstetrics Pregnancy-related nausea often accompanied by vomiting upon awakening, possibly related to hunger; MS occurs in 1⁄2 of pregnancies in the first 2-12 wks of gestation and, if severe, causes dehydration and acidosis. See Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals

morn·ing sick·ness

(mōr'ning sik'nĕs)
The nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy.
Synonym(s): nausea gravidarum.

morning sickness

Vomiting or retching of pregnancy. A common symptom occurring from the 6th to the 12th week. It usually occurs soon after waking but seldom has any effect on health or on the pregnancy and almost always stops before the 14th week. See also HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM.

Patient discussion about morning sickness

Q. How is morning sickness treated? I have been suffering from morning sickness all throughout my first 4 weeks of pregnancy. Is there a way to treat morning sickness?

A. Morning sickness during first few weeks of pregnancy is very common. Here is some information about morning sickness and how to deal with it - http://www.5min.com/Video/Dealing-with-Morning-Sickness-25153508

Q. How Can You Treat Morning Sickness? My sister has been suffering from morning sickness all throughout her first 4 weeks of pregnancy. Is there a way to treat morning sickness?

A. I will tell you how I combated my morning sickness.....Crackers. I took them everywhere with me. I especially got sick first thing when I got up in the morning. I would eat like 3 or 4 saltine crackers and drink apple juice. It helped a great deal and eventually went away. I only had morning sickness with my first pregnancy though. Hopefully this helps. Good luck ?

Q. How long will the morning sickness last? I'm so nauseous! I can't wait to the childbirth :)

A. congratulations!!!
my wife had them only in her first trimester if i remember correctly... something like 13th week.
is it your first?

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