If it’s unbearable, get to the hospital, and consider these 3 helpful treatments.
If you’ve ever suffered from extreme morning sickness, you know it’s a rough go. Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, involuntarily brought the issue to light when she was hospitalized with the condition during her first pregnancy.
What is it and what causes it? Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) as it’s referred to scientifically, causes extreme nausea in pregnant women. It happens when a women has elevated levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) in her system, causing her to vomit up to 30 times a day, upon eating or drinking just about anything.
It’s not simply regular morning sickness, as this advanced condition can land an expectant woman in the hospital. It’s important to be getting enough fluids and nutrients to keep both mom and the baby healthy, but if she is vomiting often, she may need medication to control it and intravenous fluids to keep safe.
What can you do fight off the symptoms? If you’re pregnant and vomiting often, consult with your doctor or go to the hospital. Some nausea is normal but extreme sickness can be dangerous.
Here are 3 tips other women have found helpful in treating morning sickness:
1) Frozen Liquids
If plain old water sounds entirely unappealing, some women say sucking on cubes of frozen Gatorade or fruit juices helps. You’re not gulping down something that’s going to come right back up, and you’re getting some electrolytes into your system.
Herbal ginger supplements work at controlling nausea for some women. The Mayo Clinic points out that most research says it’s safe for the fetus, but some indicates that eating ginger could affect the fetal sex hormones. Play it safe and talk to your doctor.
This cure is popular in Asia but doesn’t have much Western science behind it. That being said, many women find it works and is helpful in treating their morning sickness.
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