The previous article showed “How to Spend Time during the Early Pregnancy” focusing on what kind of clothes you should choose, ask for help to people around you and so on.
On this article, we will focus on morning sickness during pregnancy.
Some pregnant women have morning sickness
Morning sickness is not unusual thing for pregnant women. However, the level of symptoms vary and we never know why this thing happens to pregnant women. Even doctors don’t know the real reasons or causes. If you have morning sickness, don’t worry about it. But you need to know how to deal with it.
What kind of symptoms may you have?
Some pregnant women have nausea and/or vomiting as morning sickness when they eat some foods, and others have same symptoms but when it’s on empty stomach.
Symptoms of morning sickness may vary depending on women. You need to see what would happen to you carefully.
Both of morning sickness affect your eating habits. If you can’t eat any foods because you feel nausea, nutrition will not be enough, and it affects on the growth of the fetus. Also, if you have to keep eating to avoid morning sickness, you need to be concerned about gaining weight.
How to handle with morning sickness?
Then, what should you do when you have morning sickness? Check the points below.
Focus on nutrition balance
Keep in mind to have a well-balanced diet during the early pregnancy. What you eat is very important because everything that you have affects your baby.
It’s better to have “green and yellow vegetables” that contain rich nutrients such as vitamins, dietary fiber, iron, and folic acid, and “soy products” that contain a large amount of protein. Add one more dish to your usual dining table, using those ingredients. When you are busy or you can’t cook because of morning sickness, vegetable juice after meal is also recommended.
If you have bad morning sickness, you may lose your appetite. In order to prevent malnutrition, try to eat some foods with good balance as much as possible even if the amount of food is less than usual. Also, be careful of being dehydration.
Intake nutrients that tend to run short
Nutrients that are necessary for early pregnancy are “folic acid”. If you run out of folic acid during the early pregnancy, there is a risk that your baby may have disability. Therefore, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare recommends the intake of 480 μg of folic acid per day.
Also, iron and calcium should be taken more than before pregnancy. They are nutrients that is easy to be lack from the beginning, so you need to take enough during pregnancy.
If it’s difficult to supplement these nutrients only by eating foods, take supplements after meals. Even if you have bad morning sickness and no appetite, it’s easy and safe to take supplements.
Foods you need to avoid
Try to cook light tasty as much as possible in the early pregnancy and not to take lots of sodium. Taking too much salt can cause swelling, high blood pressure and increase the risk of pregnancy poisoning. Also, rich taste can cause morning sickness symptoms and make you have being uneasily digested.
In addition, there is a possibility that the content of mercury is high in the goldfish and tuna. It is better to avoid mercury because it has the potential to affect the central nervous system of the fetus.
Most pregnant women tend to have morning sickness. Even now, there is no study that why morning sickness occur while the pregnancy. Therefore, there is no best cure/treatment and the symptoms vary depending on the individual.
You need to find out which foods give you morning sickness and which foods don’t, also find the best way to improve morning sickness for you. Each pregnant woman has different symptoms and the ways to improve it are different. Don’t give up even if you have bad morning sickness and try some tips until you feel better!