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Tips for managing your morning sickness
By Missy Jaramillo
If you've been to the doctor recently about morning sickness, you may have found out that some physicians are reluctant to prescribe drugs to treat the condition. This won't do much to alleviate your pain, but it may help to know that the likely cause of morning sickness is human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG, which is a hormone that helps with placental development, according to research from Pennsylvania State University. So if you're feeling sick, it just means your body's doing what it's supposed to be doing. It's only when you begin enduring severe bouts of the ailment that your caretaker may classify your sickness as hyperemesis gravidarum, which may result in hospitalization to help cure the problem.
However, if you can get past the first few months, you should be fine. The condition typically only lasts during the first trimester of your pregnancy. Three months is a long time to endure nausea, though, so finding a few ways to manage how you feel is important.
What to do when you're feeling ill
The Nation recently offered a few tips about what you can do to relieve your pain. One of the best ways to wash away that nauseous feeling is with ginger. Regardless of whether you eat it or drink it as ginger ale, it can help settle your stomach. Better still, this works no matter why you're feeling nauseous. So if you're feeling sick for some other reason, a little ginger might tide you over.
The news source also recommended that you change your diet. Rather than eating three meals a day, try five or six smaller courses. You'll have an easier time digesting it and, as long as you spread them out evenly, you shouldn't feel hungry, either. Snacking can also help - anything that makes sure you're not running on empty. Just be sure to cut out spicy, fatty or pungent foods that can upset your stomach.
The U.K. National Health Center also provided a few suggestions to expecting mothers. You should stick with cold food, since the smell of hot meals may make you feel ill. You should also try keeping away from cold, tart or sweet drinks. The NHS also noted that you should wear comfortable clothing - since you're still probably in your first trimester, you may not have entirely updated your wardrobe, so try and stay away from overly snug attire.
How bad was your morning sickness? Do you have any more tips about relieving the pain? We're aching to know!