Pregnancy is a wonderful period in the life of a woman. Like every other experience in life, pregnancy too has its ups and downs. As soon as conception takes place, the body prepares for implantation. As a result of this, menstruation ceases. During the implantation process, the expectant mother may feel nausea, mild abdominal cramps and light bleeding as the fertilized egg tries to embed itself properly in the uterine wall. On successful implantation, the hormone hCG is produced. The presence of hCG in the urine or blood helps in confirming a pregnancy. This hormone is responsible for nausea, vomiting, food cravings, aversions and most other pregnancy symptoms that are experienced during pregnancy. Sore breasts and breast enlargement are other signs of pregnancy triggered by hormone changes. Hormonal changes also bring about mood swings, fatigue, insomnia and headaches. An increase in urination frequency is experienced as a result of the increased blood supply to the pelvic region. Water retention, a sluggish digestive system and irregular bowel movement are other symptoms of pregnancy. More often than not, expectant mothers find it very difficult to deal with these symptoms and look for ways to get rid of pregnancy sickness.
Since the production of the hormone hCG cannot be altered and medication is not advisable during pregnancy, home remedies come handy in dealing with pregnancy sickness. On waking up, drinking a concoction of lime juice, honey and warm water is said to lower the severity of morning sickness and to get rid of ovulation sickness. In addition, lime juice and honey also help in boosting the immune system to fight off sickness during pregnancy. The warm water aids smooth bowel movement. Drinking plenty of water throughout the day prevents constipation, dehydration and reduces the chances of heartburn. It also flushes out impurities from the system and prevents water retention.
To get rid of fetus related sickness, the stomach must never be empty. A well balanced diet is a must during pregnancy. In order to prevent indigestion and hunger pangs, consuming 6 to 7 small meals a day is far better than 3 big meals. Foods that make you nauseous should be avoided. Salads and fruits are easier to digest and are recommended as they are rich in a variety of nutrients and are beneficial for smooth bowel movement. In order to reduce the frequency of urination, emptying out the bladder completely is recommended at each trip to the toilet. For this purpose, bending slightly forward while urinating may come handy. Getting sufficient rest and opting for a non-strenuous exercise schedule helps in reducing fatigue, headaches and insomnia. Keeping the mind occupied also helps in reducing the signs of pregnancy sickness.
Submitted by J on December 3, 2010 at 12:53