Pregnancy can be an incredibly exciting time in a woman’s life. However for some, the first trimester can be plagued by the misery of morning sickness. Despite its name, nausea and vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy can occur at any time of the day. They can be triggered by certain smells, or if a person is feeling tired or hungry. Those who usually suffer with travel sickness appear to be more susceptible to this condition. It is little comfort that morning sickness is usually a sign that the pregnancy hormone levels are high, and thus the pregnancy is less likely to end in miscarriage. The exact cause is unknown, but it is thought to be linked to HCG and oestrogen levels.
Acupuncture has been proved to be very effective in treating this condition. Acupuncture point P6 on the inside of the arm is commonly used along with other points to help counteract the problem. It is a good drug free alternative for pregnant women, struggling to cope with the early weeks. Travel sickness bands can be worn between treatments to boost effects.
Drinking warm water with a slice of ginger can be helpful in managing the symptoms, as well as eating little and often throughout the day to maintain blood sugar levels. The good news is that the condition usually abates by the 14-16th week.
The most severe form of this condition is known as hyperemesis gavidarum, where the sufferer is unable to eat or drink without vomiting. Dehydration and weight loss is a major concern, and in this case medical advice should be sought immediately.
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