Pregnancy, Food, and Morning Sickness

Pregnancy comes with many changes in a woman’s body. Among these changes is the nausea or vomiting that they will experience throughout the day, or more commonly known as the morning sickness. It is called as such because it is usually intense during the morning, and slowly alleviate as hours pass by. Here are some of the reasons why it happens, as well as the factors you can avoid to prevent the symptoms from getting worse.

Primary Causes of Morning Sickness during Pregnancy:

As the hormones increase during this period, it may be one of the reasons for having nausea and vomiting. Human chorionic gonadotropin as well as estrogen is two of those hormones. Another factor that experts are considering is stress, both in the pregnancy process and environment. Though, this is not proven yet, and further studies are being done. Aside from that, gastrointestinal sensitivity is also a suspect because some, but not all women have an easily irritable stomach. Last is the increased sensitivity to smell. Most women experience this, and it may be a huge factor on why they feel nauseous upon smelling a particular odor.

To Eat Or Not To Eat:

The first one under the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy is bologna. Aside from its nauseating smell that may trigger vomiting, this type of food may contain Listeria, a bacterium. Since pregnant moms have decreased immune system during this period, it may affect them greatly. Next is sushi, like bologna, this may contain bacteria because it is not cooked. Raw eggs come in third place. While most women will not eat their eggs raw, they may include it in their dressing or salad. This is bad because of the salmonella it can cause.

Meanwhile, you can consume soup, not only because it is healthy and tastes yummy, but because it has a naturally soothing effect that will help you. Whole grains and beans are also favorable because it contains nutrients, folic acid, and iron. Eggs contain a large amount of protein; just make sure that it is cooked properly.

There you have it, the foods that you can and cannot eat during pregnancy, as well as the reasons for your vomiting problems. Though you can eat the recommended foods stated, do not forget that moderation is still the key to a healthy pregnant mother and child, including regular visits to your doctor.

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