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Morning Sickness

Natural remedies for morning sickness symptoms

Morning sickness, also called Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy, or NVP, is a condition the vast majority of pregnant women must deal with, although the severity of symptoms can vary greatly from one woman to another, and even from a woman's first pregnancy to her subsequent pregnancies.

Despite its name, morning sickness can strike at any time of the day or night -- some women find they feel nauseated at unpredictable times, while others experience symptoms on a regular basis, but only during the evening.

When Does Morning Sickness Start?

Morning sickness usually begins very early on in pregnancy; in fact, it is often a telltale sign for women who did not yet know they were pregnant. Because of the inconvenience and unpleasantness of morning sickness symptoms, the more pressing question on the minds of many mothers-to-be who are already familiar with the daily intimate meetings with their toilet bowls is, "When does morning sickness end?" Unfortunately, like the severity of symptoms, there is no sure way to predict the duration of the uncomfortably close relationship between pregnancy and morning sickness: while nausea and vomiting generally subside by week 12, about 20 percent of pregnant women experience these symptoms for a longer time, some even throughout their entire pregnancy.

Natural Morning Sickness Cures

Morning sickness is a normal part of pregnancy, and it is not dangerous to the health of either the expectant mother or the fetus as long as it is not excessive and the mother is conscious of staying hydrated and as well-nourished as possible. However, because symptoms can be both physically and emotionally draining, it is a good idea to try and find some safe and effective means of curbing them.

Pay attention to your body and you will likely notice triggers you can avoid. Often, hot or spicy food can aggravate the stomach, while cold or bland food soothes. Some women find their nausea is worse if they get too overtired.

Sipping natural, uncaffeinated tea made with either peppermint or ginger can be helpful; not only are peppermint and ginger natural anti-nauseants, but the tea will contribute to keeping you hydrated, which can add to the suppression of symptoms. Don't take them in supplement form -- or any supplements, for that matter, "natural" or otherwise -- without your doctor's supervision and consent.

Another strategy to combat morning sickness is to take prenatal vitamins only with food and at a time during the day when symptoms do not usually occur.

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