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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Morning Sickness and Heartburn

Morning sickness: Either you get it bad or you don’t get it at all. It seems that there’s no one who falls out in the middle. If you fall into the 30% of women who never get nauseated at all, then consider yourself lucky. If you’re like most women and experience nausea and vomiting, however, then it’s likely that you’ve already begun searching for a remedy. You’re also exhausted, anxious about becoming a new mom, and extremely excited—who has room in their emotional repertoire for the angst that accompanies throwing up throughout the day (no, morning sickness does not only occur in the morning).

No one really knows why women get morning sickness during their first trimester (and for some throughout their whole pregnancies), but there are some guesses out there, and there are treatments that can help you.

The most common hypothesis on the cause of morning sickness is the obvious: hormones. Increased estrogen and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) increase rapidly and sort of throw the body off-balance. This is why you’re always tired, moody, and why your stomach gets queasy.

Also, since your sense of smell heightens during your first trimester, an egg no longer just smells like an egg, but smells like a very, very, very egg-y egg, which can make you want to throw up.

Another potential cause of morning sickness is heartburn. As with everything during early pregnancy, every physical feeling or emotion that normally you only feel a little, you begin to feel a lot. That means that unnoticeable heartburn that you may experience on a day-to-day basis all of a sudden becomes increasingly intense, so much so that you may get nauseated and throw up. To treat acid reflux disease (heartburn) you can buy Prevacid online which should take care of this cause of morning sickness.

If, of course, your morning sickness is totally hormonal and not acid related, then the Prevacid won’t really do any good, so check with your doctor and pay close attention to your symptoms to determine whether it’s intense heartburn (you should feel a burning sensation) or if it’s just plain ol’ fashioned hormones messing with your belly.

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