If you experience morning sickness during your early pregnancy, you should be glad. That means you’re having a healthy pregnancy. You might wonder how morning sickness can be a good thing when all you feel is the ill, nauseous feeling. Take heart! You just need to understand what morning sickness is and how to cope up with it in your pregnancy.
What is morning sickness?
Morning sickness is a pregnancy symptom experienced during early pregnancy. It usually starts on the sixth week of pregnancy then diminishes on the 12th week.
You’ll know you have one when you feel like throwing up moments after waking up or early in the morning, and then subsides through the day. However, it does occur at any time during your pregnancy. That’s why morning sickness can be a misnomer.
Why do you experience it?
Not all pregnant women go through morning sickness. There are those who do not show a tinge of this pregnancy symptom at all. Now, do not be jealous if it does occur to you. That’s because morning sickness is your body’s instinctive way to protect the baby from possible ingestion of food and toxins unsafe for baby’s growth. In fact, those who have it have higher chances that the baby will reach full maturity inside the womb and with less probability of birth defects.
What can you do?
There is no cure for it but there are ways to reduce the unfavorable effects of this pregnancy symptom. The core of it all is to avoid leaving with an empty stomach. Eat from time to time. That means if you have to travel during your pregnancy, you need to take with you a pregnancy travel kit to help you manage your nausea.
What to bring?
Your pregnancy travel kit should include:
- A variety of snacks like candies, some salty treats, crunchy veggies like carrots, fruits, cookies, and wafers. An empty stomach is the primary cause of nausea in pregnancy. Eat but don’t overdo it. Have a bite from time to time.
- Bottled water for flushing the aftertaste of food in your mouth.
- In cases when you can’t hold it in, pack along a few airsick bags (or anything similar).
- Freshen yourself up with wet wipes or tissues, hand sanitizers, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Bring extra towel.
These are just some of the basic things you can bring when you travel in your pregnancy. Pack along other things as you deem necessary.