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Dealing with Morning Sickness Symptoms During Pregnancy

For many women, morning sickness is one of the most unpleasant aspects of early pregnancy. But fortunately, for most women, morning sickness ends around the thirteenth week of pregnancy. For others, it continues up until delivery. Unless the nausea and vomiting is causing significant weight loss Ė usually defined as 10 percent or more of the mother-to-be's pre-pregnancy weight Ė morning sickness isnít usually considered harmful.

There are two different ways to deal with morning sickness symptoms during pregnancy Ė the first is to use home remedies, while the second is to take prescription medications.

There are a number of cheap, healthy home remedies for morning sickness. For example, ginger is a popular anti-nausea remedy. You can sip ginger ale or ginger tea, or you can eat ginger candies or crystallized ginger. Ginger capsules are also available and have been clinically shown to reduce nausea, even for chemotherapy patients.

Lemon is another popular home remedy. Many women find sipping on lemonade helpful, while others find more relief with lemon candies. Some women find that just the smell of a fresh lemon helps their nausea to abate.

Peppermint is another traditional remedy for upset stomachs thatís been used in homeopathic medicine for hundreds of years. Peppermint candies or peppermint tea are the two most popular choices for helping to quell nausea.

If youíre experiencing morning sickness during your pregnancy, itís a good idea not to go too long without eating. Many women find that having a midnight snack and having a snack in bed before getting out of bed in the morning is helpful. Do your best to never go more than three hours without eating.

And although it may seem counter-intuitive, eating enough protein is crucial to minimizing morning sickness symptoms. Pregnant women should aim for 80 to 100 grams of protein each day. This can be difficult for women who are experiencing nausea, although protein rich beverages can be helpful until normal appetite returns.

In addition, when youíre experiencing nausea, eat the foods that appeal to you, even if they sound like atypical choices. Some women, for example, like lemonade and potato chips, which surprisingly offer more nutrition than the typically recommended saltine crackers and ginger ale. The important thing is to keep up your strength, stay hydrated and try to get in enough protein Ė however you need to do that.

Acupressure can also be effective for helping relieve symptoms of nausea. There are two points that are especially helpful in traditional medicine. One is located on the wrist and can be stimulated by a motion sickness band. The other is located in the web of flesh between the thumb and index finger. A chart on acupressure points can help you determine the exact location of these points.

Many women also find that taking additional vitamin B6 helps with morning sickness. Your prenatal vitamin probably contains this vitamin, but talk with your health care provider about taking an additional supplement.

Finally, if home remedies donít provide sufficient relief for you, talk with your health care provider about medications for nausea. Promethazine (Phenergan), metoclopramide (Reglan) and ondasetron (Zofran) are all frequently used during pregnancy.

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