Why so nauseous, mama?
More than 50 percent of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness. It is usually one of the first indicators of pregnancy but usually passes by the 12th week or so of pregnancy. The queasiness is related to an increase in estrogen levels, sometimes low blood sugar counts, and a greater sensitivity to smells. Generally, morning sickness isn’t harmful to mom or baby. More severe vomiting can by diagnosed by your physician as hyperemesis gravidarum, a much more severe condition (it’s what Princess Kate experienced during her pregnancies). Hyperemesis gravidarum is most commonly characterized by electrolyte disturbance, weight loss, severe nausea, and vomiting. Sometimes this condition results in hospitalization. Always share your concerns with your doctor. For most women though, morning sickness can be treated naturally with simple dietary and environmental changes. Many times foods and smells you once loved will send running to the bathroom. Listen to your body and steer clear of any foods that make you feel worse. As they say, “This too shall pass.”
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Ginger root comes in many forms. You can cut it up and add it to hot water to make a tea. Another option is to suck on a piece of crystallized ginger. Commonly known as ginger candy, it can be found in grocery and health food stores. If you just can’t stomach the taste or smell, try ginger pills. Ginger pills come in several forms for easy consumption. Ginger also aids in digestion and calms the stomach when you aren’t suffering from morning sickness. With so many ways to consume ginger root, many women stock up when they discover they are pregnant. Here are more good reasons to relieve nausea with ginger.