Morning Sickness? 10 Tips to Tame Your Turbulent Tummy Day or Night
Suffering from morning sickness? Get 10 top tips to help tame your turbulent tummy during pregnancy from a certified nurse midwife.
If you’ve had morning sickness during pregnancy, you probably know that the name is cruelly misleading. Feelings of nausea or vomiting can strike anytime — day or night. There’s good news, though. There are several things you can do to help tame your turbulent tummy.
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The problem of nausea during pregnancy is more troublesome for some women than others. You may even find that it varies from one pregnancy to the next. But the symptoms are often short-lived — nausea and vomiting are usually over by 13 weeks for most women. And most important: These symptoms won’t harm your baby.
Morning sickness is common, says certified nurse-midwife Jessica Costa, MSN, APRN, CNM. Up to 80 percent of women experience at least some symptoms during pregnancy, according to one study.
Symptoms can range from mild nausea to frequent vomiting, Ms. Costa says.
“Usually we see an increase in morning sickness symptoms between eight and 10 weeks gestation, with many women reporting relief by week 16,” she says.
It’s not clear exactly which hormones trigger these symptoms. But doctors suspect that surging human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and progesterone levels are the likely culprits.
If morning sickness has your stomach in knots, try one of Ms. Costa’s top tips to help keep things on an even keel.
Pregnancy comes with its share of discomfort. But don’t ignore unusual symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing any of these signs that can mean trouble:
“It’s important to keep in mind that the hormones responsible for making you feel sick also play an important role in helping your baby develop and grow,” Ms. Costa says. “But if you have tried the tips above and you are finding your symptoms are still severely impacting your daily life, talk with your healthcare provider.”