your pregnancy was meticulously planned or happened by surprise, one thing is
certain - your life will never be the same. All in all, you are excited about
the grand adventure, which is about to begin! You are in awe of the process and
science of what your body is doing -
creating a child. It just blows your mind, doesn't it?
you have waited for this pregnancy
, so you want to enjoy
every second of it. You never thought you would be suffering from the
discomfort of morning
. You read in the books that it is a morning thing, so why do
you also throw up at six in the evening or continue to feel nauseated
throughout the day and sometimes during the night? Even though your friend told
you it would go away by three months of pregnancy, it doesn't get any better by
even five months!
"morning sickness" also called Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy, affects nearly
85% of pregnant women. It is thought to be due to rapid increases in
gonadotropin, a hormone released by the placenta. Even the Duchess of Cambridge suffered from a severe
form of morning sickness while pregnant with Prince George, called hyperemesis
, which generally requires treatment in hospital.
Contrary to its name, morning sickness could last throughout the
day. It typically begins between 4 to
9 weeks of pregnancy and is usually the most severe between 7 to 12 weeks. For
most women, morning sickness eases between 12 to 16 weeks. For some women it
continues for several weeks or months, and a few women suffer throughout their
who do not experience morning sickness should not be alarmed, but new research
now shows that women plagued by it are less likely to suffer from miscarriage
and it could be a sign of a healthier and more intelligent baby. It is thought
that the sickness could be due to the higher levels of hormones indicating a
. They will also have fewer birth
and better long-term development for the infant.
researchers, from the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, looked at
data from 10 separate studies conducted in five countries between 1992 and 2012
which covered 850,000 pregnant women. The results were published in the journal
Mothers who suffered from morning sickness had fewer premature
, which was 6.4 per cent compared to 9.5 per cent for healthy
In women who did not experience morning sickness, the risk of miscarriage
was more than three
Women who were 35 years or older in particular seemed to benefit from what the
researchers called the 'protective effects' that resulted.
The risk of birth defects was reduced by between 30 per cent and 80 per cent in
women with morning sickness.
Some studies suggested that the benefits were greater in women experiencing
moderate-to-severe sickness compared with mild illness.
born to mothers who suffered from morning sickness were tested for intelligence
years later and it was found that they scored higher for IQ, language and
The principal author, Gideon wrote: "The
present analysis reveals a consistent, favorable effect of nausea and vomiting
in pregnancy on rates of miscarriages, congenital malformations, fetal growth,
prematurity, and better developmental outcomes on standard psychological tests."
findings may stem from a more favorable hormonal milieu in cases of nausea and
in pregnancy, although
this hypothesis has not been proven to date."
with moderate to severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy often experience major
negative impact on their health and quality of life."
analysis indicates that reassuring these women that their severe symptoms may
confer favourable fetal outcome in their unborn babies, is logical. While this
may not be the case in women experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum, it does seem
to be valid for the majority of pregnancies."
Natural remedies for morning sickness
Stay hydrated by drinking
plenty of water
You could also try frozen natural juice popsicles.
and ginger are most commonly used for morning sickness. Ginger may
not be helpful if morning sickness is severe and may worsen your symptoms if
taken on an empty stomach.
and aromatics containing mint, ginger or orange have also been
used for morning sickness.
Other alternative methods include acupuncture and
. These bands press on the P6 point on the wrist. This
point can be found by placing three fingers on the inside of your wrist
starting just above the palm.