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Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness: Morning sickness is nausea that occurs during pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can strike at any time of the day or night. Morning sickness affects a large proportion of pregnant women.

Morning sickness is most common during the first trimester, but for some women morning sickness lingers throughout pregnancy. Treatment is not required.

For most women, the symptoms of nausea and vomiting usually begin before they’re nine weeks pregnant, around six weeks after their last period. Symptoms should ease as your pregnancy progresses. In 9 out of 10 women, symptoms disappear by the third month of pregnancy. However, some women experience nausea and vomiting for longer than this, and about one woman in 10 continues to feel sick after week 20. 

Sometimes morning sickness is so severe that it is classified as hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive vomiting). This type of morning sickness may require hospitalisation and treatment with intravenous (IV) fluids and medications.

If you are vomiting and can’t keep any food or drink down, there is a chance that you could become dehydrated or malnourished.

Contact your doctor or midwife immediately if you:

  •     have very dark-coloured urine or do not pass urine for more than eight hours
  •     are unable to keep food or fluids down for 24 hours
  •     feel severely weak, dizzy or faint when standing up
  •     have abdominal (tummy) pain
  •     have a high temperature (fever) of 38°C (100.4°F) or above
  •     vomit blood
Urinary tract infections (UTIs): If you have any pain when passing urine or you pass any blood, you may have a urine infection and this will need treatment. Drink plenty of water to dilute your urine and reduce pain. You should contact your doctor within 24 hours. 

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies


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