Morning sickness is a common symptom seen in pregnancy which includes nausea and/or vomiting. Though it is called morning sickness, women experience it all through the day. Puking or throwing up may relieve some women of their nausea and vomiting symptoms for an hour to all day long. However, for some women, puking does not make any significant difference. They continue to feel the same the whole day.
Does Morning Sickness Go Away After Puking?
Morning sickness may go away after puking in some pregnant women. However, most of the times it is temporary, and the sickness returns soon. In some pregnant women, morning sickness does not go away even after puking and stays all day long even after episodes of throwing up.
Morning sickness is more related to the levels of HCG hormones in the body than anything else. Hence, it is obvious that puking may not have such a significant impact on a woman’s morning sickness relief, as puking does not affect the levels of HCG in the body in any way. The relief that some women feel after puking is, hence, temporary.
The exact cause of morning sickness is not known. Some of the speculated causes are as follows-
- Some studies and experts believe that varying levels of hormone HCG found in the body in pregnancy may be responsible for morning sickness
- Some also believe that the amount of HCG hormone in the body is directly proportional to the intensity of morning sickness
- Some studies say some psychological factors may be responsible for this morning sickness
- Increased estrogen levels may be responsible for morning sickness according to some studies
- However, oral contraceptive pills or hormone replacement therapy medicines also lead to such type of symptoms
- An increase in progesterone levels might be the reason according to some studies
- An early or untimely childbirth is prevented due to progesterone, as it relaxes the uterine muscles
- However, progesterone may also cause a relaxation in the muscles of stomach and intestines, which may increase the stomach acids and GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
- Some studies speculate that HCG prompts the ovaries of the mother to produce more estrogen, which becomes a cause of nausea
- Some studies believe that this might be a part of the evolution process. This may be explained by why morning sickness is seen only in pregnant women and not in other women.
- This may be suggestive of the fact that it is a way of the body to consider pregnancy as a physiological change and not a pathological one.
- Morning sickness is at the peak level at three months and this is the time when the fetus is most susceptible to toxins
- Morning sickness may also be a reaction invoked in the mother due to a presence of toxins in food. It is generally experienced that nausea starts after the mother encounters a particular smell or food
Some Tips For Alleviating Morning Sickness-
- Ginger is a common natural remedies for morning sickness
- According to some studies ginger may contain some compounds which may exert an effect like that of anti-emetic drugs on our body
- Though ginger is quite safe in most people, those suffering from a low blood pressure or low blood sugar should consume ginger in limited quantities
- It is quite safe in pregnancy
- The smell of citrus fruits is known to give relief to pregnant women suffering from morning sickness
- This may be due to the essential oils present in citrus fruits
- vitamin B6 supplement taken regularly during the pregnancy may alleviate the symptoms of morning sickness without any side effects
- women who want to avoid medication in pregnancy may choose to take this option
- However, more studies are still needed to support this observation
- Taking deep breaths slowly improves the oxygen supply to the whole body,
- Improved oxygen can help in reduction in the feeling of nausea
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). (2021). Morning Sickness: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy. https://www.acog.org/womens-health/faqs/morning-sickness-nausea-and-vomiting-of-pregnancy
- American Pregnancy Association. (2021). Morning Sickness During Pregnancy. https://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/morning-sickness-during-pregnancy/
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