Like I said in my previous post, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is a common occurrence for more than 60% of women during pregnancy and I referred to the symptoms as morning sickness especially vomiting, which is one of the most common complaints expressed by expecting mothers during this phase.
However the reason why women vomit during pregnancy is not really known but the fluctuation in hormone levels during pregnancy could be one contributing factor. These Hormones can slow down digestion, resulting into heartburn, indigestion, and acid reflux, which are all common symptoms during pregnancy and potential triggers of vomiting as well.
Vomiting is not really harmful to both mother and child. It is an uncomfortable side effect of pregnancy but most instances do not pose a health threat to both the mom and the baby, so it is not an immediate sign for concern.
However, it is imperative for women to be able to distinguish between normal pregnancy symptoms and potentially dangerous conditions accompanied by vomiting, such as hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition where women experience more severe symptoms of pregnancy, such as continuous nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can result into weight loss, rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure which can prevent the baby from getting the nutrients he needs to grow and develop at optimal health. It is important to be aware of the nature of your body, so if you are concerned that the vomiting or symptoms you’re experiencing are not normal, it is best to contact your doctor immediately, especially if the vomiting is severe and has refused to stop.
You can actually try to lessen the effects of vomiting on your health by making small changes to your daily routines. For example, the odour of Paracetamol used to make me nauseous during pregnancy so I try as much as possible to keep paracetamol away from me at least within the first trimester. For some women, certain smells can trigger nausea and vomiting, so avoiding those smells while pregnant is necessary. I will also recommend taking little meal at a time in order to lessen the effects of vomiting.
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