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Between 70-85% of women experience nausea and vomiting within the first trimester of pregnancy. Since this tends to be such a common ailment among pregnant women there are ways that they can ease these symptoms.

Why Does Pregnancy Morning Sickness Occur? 

When a woman becomes pregnant it is one of the happiest moments she will experience. It is a new chapter in her life that involves change and adjustment.  At times these changes can take a toll on her body both physically and mentally. In the beginning stages of pregnancy is when many women experience morning sickness. This is such a common occurrence among pregnant women that the British Medical Journal, cited by Christian Nordqvist, stated that, between 70-85% of women experience nausea and vomiting within the first trimester of pregnancy. Since this tends to be such a  common ailment among pregnant women there are ways that they can ease these symptoms and prevent this from becoming an ongoing issue. 

Many pregnant women wake up in the morning having to run to the rest room to aide themselves of the sick feeling they have in the pit of their stomachs. Doctors believe that there are a number of reasons that may cause this ailment referred to as, morning sickness.  

According to Christian Nordqvist, much speculation surrounds the causes for morning sickness. Many researchers believe that there is an increase in hormones called hCG.  These doctors feel that an influx in these hormones may be the cause of morning sickness. Numerous doctors also speculate that it could also be contributed to a drop in blood sugar that causes the nausea as well as vomiting.  

Alien Sheng believes that it is a good sign to the mother that she is experiencing morning sickness because it means the baby is developing the way it should be.  He states that the reason why women experience morning sickness is due to the number of physical changes in the body. 

Ways to Prevent Morning Sickness

Expectant mothers should allow their body the time needed to wake up in a slow manner. Try to avoid rushing around in the morning, instead move slowly and have some snacks near the dresser for easy munching. Sometimes an empty stomach can lead to morning sickness. 

Snack numerous times throughout the day as opposed to fewer larger meals. This technique usually works to prevent nausea. 

Avoid eating spicy foods or high fat foods prior to bed time. These types of foods can also make a pregnant woman feel nauseous. Instead try eating some bland foods like chicken broth or plain vegetables and fruits. This will keep the stomach well settled. 

An Activity to Avoid During the First Trimester 

According to the American Pregnancy Organization web site, it recommends mothers to be, to avoid cooking during the first trimester of pregnancy. The reason for this is because anything that has a strong odor of any kind can also trigger nausea and vomiting. Once the first trimester is over these factors tends to dissipate. 

Expectant mothers should also avoid trying to do any activity that is overly strenuous on her body. Trying to do anything too physical can strain muscles and be detrimental to the health of the mother and the baby.


Try not to wear clothes that are too fitted. This can lead to heart burn, indigestion and an upset stomach. If these symptoms are bad enough the acids in the stomach can build up and cause a stomach ache. If the heartburn is severe enough it can also induce nausea and vomiting. 

Foods that Help Combat Morning Sickness  

Lemons, crackers and popsicles are some of the foods that can help tame nausea (American Pregnancy Organization). 

There are also items called Preggie Pops that are made of flavors, such as peppermint, sour tangerine and ginger which help combat morning sickness. Robin Elise Weiss states that, Preggie pops are made especially for expectant mothers who experience nausea and vomiting. 

Other helpful foods according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site, they state that there are a number of things that a pregnant woman can do to alleviate morning sickness. They suggest items such as ginger, acupuncture, motion sickness bands as well as hypnosis, but to consult with your doctor prior to trying any of these products or services.  

A more in depth definition as to how to prevent the causes of morning sickness is found in the Rodale book, by Daniel Mowrey a Ph.D who states that ginger is thought to work with the gastrointestinal tract and hinders the brains feedback mechanisms. It is these mechanisms that send the throw up message to the brain.

In Conclusion 

When pregnant mothers to be experience morning sickness it does not have to be a negative experience. In fact, as we have seen it is a good sign that the baby’s development is progressing the way that it should. This gives the mother peace of mind in knowing that her baby is growing into a healthy human being. Although some women may have more problems with morning sickness, there are certain activities and foods to avoid in order to prevent nausea and vomiting. There are also many foods that a mother to be can include in her diet to give her the tools to combat this pregnancy ailment. By learning how to cope with morning sickness as well as using techniques to prevent this ailment, pregnant mothers can continue their usual daily routines. This helps them stay healthy and increases their livelihood throughout all stages of their pregnancy. 

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