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Let morning sickness not cloud your pregnancy


AMONGST THE various developments in a woman's body during pregnancy, nausea and vomiting is the first change, which strike in the early part of the day on waking up.

It occurs in almost in 80 per cent of pregnant woman and is over by about fourth month of pregnancy. Though it may remain mild, it could turn disturbing in a few affecting their nutrition and causing dehydration. While the cause has not been identified, various reasons are given for morning sickness including hormonal or emotional change or due to lack of proper vitamins.

Another reason could be that nausea occurs with the fall of blood sugar levels. The gap between the last meal of the day and breakfast, is the longest allowing the blood sugar to fall leading to the nausea.

The dislike for the smell and taste of food causes lack of appetite and lowering of blood sugar inducing nausea.

On the other hand, when a pregnant woman eats, the insulin surge metabolises the sugar leading to nausea.

Pregnant women should eat small amounts of food at regular intervals and also before she is hungry. As hunger means her blood sugar is already low. Her dinner should be the biggest meal of the day to cope for long hours of the night. Plenty of fluids should be taken again at regular intervals.

Oily and spicy food should be taken in moderation. Homeopathic medicine has remedies to reduce nausea, control vomiting, improve adequate assimilation of nutrients and thereby prevent further complications. Colchicum helps a woman who has nausea at the sight and smell of food. Ipecac is useful in controlling nausea and vomiting. Petroleum helps if nausea is associated with heartburn. Symphoricorpus gets rid of persistent nausea that is aggravated by slightest movement.


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