As most pregnant women can tell you, morning sickness can be a very frustrating part of your first trimester. While most women don't have to deal with this annoyance once they are further along in their pregnancy calendar, some may find themselves feeling sick well into their second trimester. While some women may believe that this is no big deal, they could be wrong. According to a recent study conducted by Swedish researchers, woman who experience severe morning sickness during their second trimester may be at risk of developing a number of serious conditions such as dangerously high blood pressure - known as preeclampsia.
Bloomberg reported on the study, which may encourage more women who experience morning sickness into their fourth, fifth and sixth months to discuss it in detail with their doctor.
More than just nausea
According to the researchers, along with having an increased risk of experiencing high blood pressure, women who experience extreme morning sickness in their second term also had double the risk for preeclampsia, compared with those without the condition. Furthermore, expectant moms who had this problem were also found to have triple the risk of a premature separation of the placenta and a 39 percent increase chance of having babies with a low birth weight than mothers who did not have morning sickness in the second trimester.
"Pregnancies with [extreme morning sickness] in the second trimester demand an increased alertness and supervision for the development of adverse outcomes," said study authors, according to Bloomberg.
Thankfully, no associations were found between this condition and a stillbirth. However these findings should still encourage women to be particularly careful during their pregnancy if they are experiencing nausea during the second trimester.
How to beat morning sickness
While regular morning sickness at the beginning of your pregnancy may be normal, it's still no fun. Medical News Today recommended that to combat this problem, you should get plenty of sleep, even if this means you have to wear a mask to block out light or use a a maternity body pillow that will properly help you support your back and stomach. Also, you should avoid any foods that are particularly fatty or spicy, as well as caffeine. Finally, talk to your doctor to find out what he or she suggests to help you relieve your morning sickness symptoms. Always be honest with your doctor about any ailments you are experiencing.
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