I was so excited to hear
about the Royal pregnancy…..still guessing? Kate is expecting and all the fans
of the royal family are eagerly expecting a royal baby in 2013. But it seems
that the Duchess is hospitalized due to hyperemesis gravidarum- a severe case
of morning sickness.
Generally morning sickness
affects more than half of all the pregnant women. It usually occurs in the
early hours of the morning time and hence the name. But to be more practical it
can occur at any time of the day. Morning sickness may stop around the 12th
week of pregnancy.
The reason for this condition
may be because hCG hormone and estrogen hormone increase rapidly during early
pregnancy. Morning sickness is actually good because it is an evolved trait and
protects the fetus against the toxins ingested by the mother. The other
interesting news is excessive morning sickness signals the possibility of
twins. On a lighter vein can we expect double bundles of joy for the Duchess?
Severe morning sickness
causes dehydration, weight loss and loss of essential nutrients from the body. A
research study points out hyperemesis gravidarum could be genetic. This condition
affects 1% of all pregnancies. If there is excessive vomiting it would be very
wise and helpful that you visit your doctor or health care provider
The key to healthy pregnancy is drinking lots
of water. You can take several sips between meals. Empty stomach may induce vomiting
sensation, so the best way out is to eat small frequent meals and healthy
snacks. With all possibility avoid spicy and greasy foods.
Include bland foods such as
chicken soup, broth and plain baked potato. You can also eat sandwiches with
raw veggies but they should be hygienically prepared. Include stomach friendly
foods such as yogurt, low fat and high carbohydrate foods.
Ginger is very efficient in
controlling nausea. Add some freshly grated ginger to your tea and have a hot
cup of ginger tea. Try ginger candies and crystalline ginger. You can carry a
slice of lemon, mint or grated ginger root in your purse. But take care not to
exceed 1000 mg of ginger a day. If slightly confused ask your gynecologist
It is found that vitamin B6
eases nausea in some women. The recommended amount is 25mg per day. Then again
your doctor is the best person to advice about these. You can eat healthy
snacks such as crackers, jell-o, flavored Popsicles and pretzels.
Remember pregnancy is the
most precious and blessed time in a woman’s life. Surround yourself with
nature, beautiful music and all things favorite and enjoy each moment of it!