About morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at anytime of the day, and usually it stops after the 12th week of pregnancy.
More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness refers to the nauseous feeling and vomiting you may have during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a result of the increased hormones in your body.
Morning sickness is not harmful to you or your baby, but if you experience excessive vomiting and cannot manage to keep your food down, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum.
Severe or prolonged vomiting is linked to increased risk of pre-term birth, low birth weight as it leads to dehydration in pregnant lady.
Morning sickness is most likely to affect women who…
- Have a history of motion sickness
- Experienced nausea or vomiting with birth control pill
- Have a family history of morning sickness
- Have a history of migraine headaches
- Are pregnant with twins or multiples
- Had morning sickness with a prior pregnancy
- Inadequate nutrition prior to conception
Before taking any medicine during pregnancy first thing that comes to mind is – “is this medicine safe during pregnancy?” It is advised not to self medicate when you are pregnant because many medicines from conventional mode of treatment are contraindicated during pregnancy They may affect the growth of the baby in the mother’s womb.
Homeopathy for motion sickness…
The safe and gentle nature of homeopathic medicines make them an ideal choice to deal with while you are pregnant. Homeopathic medicines do not cause any side effects. If you do need to be on a conventional medication, they will not interact with these medicines. Homeopathic medications are safe to take at all stages of pregnancy or labour when taken under the guidance of expert.
Most commonly used homeopathic remedies for Morning sickness…
- Cocculus indicus: Nausea is worse with the thought, smell, and sight of food. Female does not feel like eating as, there is loss of appetite, She feels fatigued, and tired easily. She feels chilly and symptoms are worse in the afternoon. Often the nausea is accompanied by vertigo and loss of sleep because of other worries. If the nausea starts as soon as you lift your head off the pillow, then Cocculus indica can be very helpful.
- Colchicum: Person is extremely sensitive to the smell of food and may gag at the very thought of food, particularly the smell of fish and eggs. Nausea can last all day and is worse from motion. Patient craves for carbonated drinks. She prefers to lie with knees drawn up, since stretching out legs can cause nausea.
- Ipecacuanha: It is indicated when severe, constant nausea is not even relieved by vomiting or eating anything. Patient salivates profusely and may have to spit frequently. The person vomits food as soon as it is eaten. There is increased thirst along with vomiting.
- Sepia: Nausea is worse from the smell and thought of food. There is sinking feeling in the stomach that makes patient feel faint; eating may relieve it but only temporarily. There is craving for vinegar and pickles, as well as sweets. Patients have a sensation of heaviness or sagging in the pelvis. Lady may feel indifferent to her loved ones because she is exhausted; but physical exercise makes her feel better overall. Everything taste too salty but may also crave pickles, lemons and other sour things.
- Symphoricarpus: This is a good non-specific remedy for morning sickness if other remedies fail to give results. There is persistent vomiting during pregnancy. Nausea is worse after any motion with aversion to all food. Debilitating nausea and vomiting. Bitter taste in the mouth, feels best lying on her back.
- Pulsatialla: Lady with variable nausea, and intolerance of heat or of anything greasy or fatty. The symptoms are often visible in the afternoon or evening but are typically changeable. There is an absence of thirst and in general only cold acidic drinks are acceptable. There is often a thick whitish‐yellow coating on the tongue, and the general mood is one of tearful passivity, often craving sympathy. She has belches and the taste of food stays in her mouth a long time after eating them. Patient seeks open air even though it might make her feel chilly.
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-Dr. Aparna Hingmire, Associate Doctor to Dr Rajesh Shah, Team LifeForce.