MORNING SICKNESS IS only  MORNING SICKNESS--- How many times have you heard that?  Normally,  If nausea and vomiting is to occur it normally will start in the early stages of pregnancy. For many women the symptoms of morning sickness are their first signs of pregnancy. Most pregnant women find that the morning sickness improves after the 12th week of pregnancy. Unfortunately, for some women symptoms persist throughout their pregnancy.   What causes morning sickness?   Is the question asked by many.  Doctors still aren't  exactly sure  what causes morning sickness, but the most popular theory is that morning sickness is the body's reaction to the pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG),   info HCG human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by the embryo following implantation.[1][2] The presence of hCG is detected in pregnancy tests.   which is produced at higher levels during the first trimester than at any other time during pregnancy,
Hey it's your girl  JA Nursing here, with all the excitement  surrounding  the New Year, lets not forget  that we are in the official love zone.Within the next 7-9  months many hospitals will get a influx of gorgeous babies.  Couples have more sex when it’s chilly outside in general, says Glamour contributor Katharine O’Connell White, M.D., chief of the division of general obstetrics and gynecology at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.   My first thought,  when I hear the word pregnant, is that one not so nice component called morning Sickness.  

 The reason for this blog, is because a special lady told me her story, and I felt that it was something to discuss with you all. So let the debate begin morning sickness vs hyperemesis gravidum?  I know that symptoms can mimic each other to the point that even Doctors, think that your symptoms are of the lesser.  With any encounter in the health care system it is always important to understand  what  symptoms need to be seen before a diagnosis can me made.  So grab a pen and let's get to the point

    However their is a fine line between morning sickness and HG (hyperemesis gravidarum). Now if you are Kate Middleton, your symptoms will be investigated to the point of no return to find a explanation for your continuous vomiting. For this reason I know that it can be quite a challenge for the average Women to convince their  Doctor what they are going through is not a normal part of being preganant.

     When Kate Middleton was hospitalized during her last pregnancy. It was noted that hyperemesis gravidarum (severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy),  was the reason, which brought  attention to the fact that “morning sickness” can be a serious matter.

    Research shows that 50 to 90 percent of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting (NVP), while approximately one percent (or 4,000) experience the more severe HG.  which is defined as persistent and excessive vomiting starting before the end of the 22nd week of pregnancy. Approximately 50% of these women require inpatient treatment  

    Navigating the health care system can be especially complicated especially when you are pregnant, you can be  overly emotional and unable to communicate the facts. Wouldn't it  be great if every one had a  Health Care advocate  like me to set the Doctors and Nurses straight? Great news I am always a phone call away. But for now, here are some simple steps to follow. If you are from a  cultural background that is prided on home remedies,  my advice is  that Morning sickness normally responds to home remedies while HG will not.

    Follow theses signs to recognize when you are not just having morning sickness. Initial signs include:

     If you can't keep fluids down, contact your doctor as soon as possible to prevent dehydration. Signs of dehydration include producing very little urine, not peeing  for eight hours, or producing very dark urine. Some of the most common symptoms of HG are:
    • vomiting more than three or four times per day.
    • becoming dehydrated.
    • feeling light-headed or dizzy.
    • losing more than 10 pounds or 5 percent of your body weight due to vomiting.
    • feeling nearly constant nausea.

    If your nausea interferes with your daily living, you need to seek treatment. When you have to call in sick and stay home from work; when you can’t cook because it nauseates or exhausts you; when you can’t have sex; when you can’t take care of your family, this is not normal which means it's time to get medical help.

    Try these tips:
    • Eating soda crackers 15 minutes before getting up
    • Trying foods that are thought to reduce nausea, like lemonade, ginger ale or watermelon, and avoiding spicy or greasy food
    • Eating small meals every two hours, eating when hungry and not skipping meals
    • Eating cold foods, which are thought to be easier to tolerate than hot foods
    • Drinking enough fluid every day, perhaps a small amount at a time and never during meals
    • Getting up slowly and not lying down after a meal
    • Avoiding getting too warm or being near strong odours
    • Trying complementary therapies such as ginger tea or tablets, acupuncture and acupressure

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    This has been watching out for you health with Michelle Smith your health and Social advocate.

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