6 Things You Should Know About Morning Sickness
You’ve just settled into the changes, hopes and dreams of pregnancy when along comes the dreaded morning sickness which can really dampen the excitement of being pregnant. But this may not be a bad thing.
1. Many women discover that there are some scents that nauseate them before they even know they are pregnant and are often their first clue that a baby is on the way.
2. It is thought that approximately 75 percent of pregnant women suffer from the nausea and vomiting which, although called morning sickness can actually occur at any time of day. Morning sickness can be a sign that your pregnancy is progressing normally and that your placenta is properly developing. That amazing organ that keeps your baby warm and safe inside you can unfortunately cause quite a stir inside as it’s developing.
3. Morning sickness is a form of food aversion in that it keeps women from eating certain foods. During the first trimester your baby’s organs are undergoing critical development and chemicals commonly found in some foods (even natural foods) can sometimes interrupt the development process and possibly cause those organs to be deformed. Symptoms of morning sickness tend to peak at the point at which organ development is in its most critical stage – between the sixth and 18th weeks of pregnancy.
5. Morning sickness has been linked to higher IQs in babies. This doesn’t mean that your child will drop out of school if you’re not throwing up during your pregnancy, but some studies have linked morning sickness during pregnancy to higher IQs.
6. Morning sickness limits your physical activitywhich you might think not a good thing, but it is thought that the limits which morning sickness puts on you will help keep your physical activity at levels which are safe for your developing baby.
Whilst morning sickness may be a good sign that your pregnancy is progressing and you have a healthy baby inside of you, too much of a good thing can be bad for you so if you have severe morning sickness which prevents you for eating for more than a day and if you are losing weight during pregnancy contact your doctor to discuss the possibility that you may a more serious form of morning sickness known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
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