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What is Morning Sickness?

The term morning sickness is commonly used for nausea gravidarum, nausea or even vomiting of pregnancy or emesis gravidarum and pregnancy sickness. Basically this is a condition, which can affect more than half of all pregnant women. This morning sickness also affects women who use hormonal contraception or hormone replacement therapy.

Symptoms of Morning Sickness:
As the name suggests this problem occurs during the early hours of the morning and it tends to fade away as the day progresses. Nausea experienced at this time can mild or may induce actual vomiting. There are also extreme cases where vomiting may get worse enough to cause dehydration accompanied by weight loss acidosis and hypokalemia and this condition is known as hyperemesis gravidarum. Thus some of the most common symptoms of morning sickness include vomiting, nausea, dizziness and other related symptoms.

The Causes of Morning Sickness:
Morning sickness cannot be traced to a single or even multiple cause but some of the major reasons that cause morning sickness include a rise in circulating level of the hormone estrogen, which can go up to a hundredfold during pregnancy. Even low blood sugar or hypoglycemia can cause morning sickness because of placenta draining energy from the mother. Apart from this an increase in progesterone, which relaxes the muscles in the uterus, also relaxes the stomach and intestines and leads to excess stomach acids and gastro esophageal reflux disease. Other causes for morning sickness may include increased human chorionic gonadotropin, sensitivity to odors, which hyperactive bowel movement and the attempts of the body to detoxify for the health of the developing embryo. Some of the root causes of this sickness are somewhat controversial and has been associated with intake of oils and butter, alcohol, sugar and meat.


There are various other emotional theories related to morning sickness related to psychologist Sigmund Freud, who defined morning sickness as the mother's loathing of her husband. Here the subconscious manifests the desire to abort the fetus through vomiting, but this has not been accepted by modern scientists.

Treatments for Morning Sickness:
There are various kinds of treatments available for morning sickness, which aim to lessen the symptoms of nausea instead of getting rid of root cause. Most of these treatments include home made remedies because medication during pregnancy is often avoided to protect the fetus. The smell of freshly cut lemons or its juices are suggested to get rid of nausea. Pregnant mothers are suggested to avoid staying or empty stomachs or accommodate their food cravings and aversions.

Natural Home Remedies and Ayurvedic:

  • People suffering from same should eat five or six small meals per day instead of the three large ones.
  • Eating cabbage has also been beneficial along with BRAT rich foods like rice, bananas, applesauce, toast and tea.
  • Take citrus fruits like lemon, orange or lime.
  • Take in fennel and drink lot of water.
  • Drink ½ cup water with ginger.
  • Have mint tea and use lavender and thyme.

Some of the best treatment centers for these problems include women specialty hospitals and reputed treatment centers like Apollo hospitals.

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