Is Morning Sickness Worse With A Girl
Is Morning Sickness Worse With A Girl? I was lying on my stomach one day last week, trying to make myself comfortable while waiting for an ultrasound technician to arrive so I could see the baby’s heartbeat for the first time and get a better idea about how far along I’d gotten. The bed was hard, but not uncomfortable enough that it bothered me. My husband had turned off all the lights except for a floor lamp by the couch where he sat reading, and we both wore our wedding rings.
It didn’t take long before nausea hit. It started as butterflies in my belly — just a vague sense that something wasn’t right — but after a few minutes, I knew exactly what I was feeling. And like clockwork, it came again and again until finally it got too much to bear. By then, I was nauseous every three or four hours, and sometimes more often than that.
The thing is, I hadn’t felt this way at all during any of my past pregnancies. In fact, I’d been perfectly fine. So why did I suddenly feel awful?
Turns out, it was probably because I was expecting a girl. Levels of the pregnancy hormone hCG, which triggers morning sickness, tend to be higher in mothers who are pregnant with female babies. But a pregnant woman can certainly have morning sickness, even bad morning sickness, when they’re carrying a boy.
So if you’ve ever experienced severe morning sickness when you were pregnant, don’t worry. You’re not alone. There are lots of other women who experience it, too. But there are also some simple things a mother-to-be can do to help themselves feel less miserable.
Here are five tips anyone can use to keep their mornings (and later days) from being unbearable.
1. Eat small meals frequently throughout the day. When your body starts producing high levels of hormones such as hCG, it sends signals to tell your brain that food isn’t needed quite yet. If you wait longer than two or three hours between meals, these messages become confused and you end up craving foods that trigger vomiting. Instead, eat smaller meals throughout the day. That will prevent overeating and allow your digestive system to function properly.
2. Get plenty of rest. Staying well-rested helps your body digest properly without triggering nausea. Plus, it gives you peace of mind knowing you’ll wake up each morning feeling refreshed instead of exhausted.
3. Drink water. Most people know that drinking eight glasses of fluid a day is necessary for good health, but many forget how important hydration actually is for keeping a healthy pregnancy. As soon as you start getting sick, drink a glass of cold water and try not to drink anything else until you’ve eaten something. This may sound counterintuitive since you want liquids to ease your queasiness, but dehydration makes nausea worse. Also, avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol and smoking. Caffeine and nicotine dehydrate you, and alcohol has been shown to suppress fetal development.
4. Take ginger supplements. Ginger contains compounds called gingerols, which reportedly reduce inflammation and improve digestion. Many studies show ginger relieves upset stomach symptoms, including nausea. Try taking capsules containing 100 milligrams of ginger powder twice daily, starting at least one month prior to delivery. While the jury is still out on whether ginger works as well as over-the-counter drugs to relieve morning sickness, it definitely won’t hurt you.
5. Avoid motion sickness medications. Motion sickness causes nausea, dizziness, headaches and disorientation, and it’s common among pregnant women. For most people, over-the-counter antihistamines can provide relief. However, pregnant women should consult their doctors before using them, especially those that contain drowsiness-inducing ingredients such as dimenhydrinate. They can cause dangerous drops in blood pressure and heart rate, which can lead to miscarriage. Your doctor may prescribe prescription medication to alleviate motion sickness symptoms. Ask your obstetrician if you need further information.
While morning sickness may be unpleasant, it shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dream of having a healthy baby. Pregnancy is supposed to be fun, and while it does bring its share of challenges, you’ll learn so much about yourself and about becoming a parent along the way. Just remember to take care of yourself, stay informed and ask questions. Above all, talk to your doctor about your experiences. She knows everything there is to know about pregnancy, and she’s here to answer your questions.
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