Morning sickness—which you can experience at any time of the day or night, can affect moms-to-be as early as 2 weeks after conception. It usually strikes in week 6 of pregnancy and subsides around week 12.

However a severe but uncommon form of morning sickness is hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Symptoms include weight loss (more than 10 pounds or 4.5 kilograms), throwing up more than 3 or 4 times daily and until you are dehydrated and feel dizzy.

Morning sickness or HG won’t affect your baby, but weight loss during pregnancy may result in your baby having a lower birth weight.

Why do you have morning sickness?

Morning sickness and HG may be caused by changing hormone levels during pregnancy. But you’re more likely to encounter these conditions if you are overweight, prone to motion sickness, carrying twins or more, or expecting your first baby girl.

How can you manage morning sickness?

Here are five ways to remedy this unpleasant symptom:

Eat:

  • Citrus fruits, like lemons and oranges

  • Bland foods are easier to keep down. Cold foods are also better since hot foods have a stronger aroma that can trigger nausea.

  • Food that is high in vitamin B6 may ease nausea, such as cauliflower, bananas, tuna and chickpeas.

Do:

  • Get enough rest as fatigue can trigger morning sickness symptoms

  • If you’re taking a prenatal supplement upon your doctor’s advice, take it with a meal instead of on an empty stomach. But do check with your doctor first on the best timing to take your prenatal supplement.

 

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