I’m not sure who coined the term “morning sickness” but I think it was probably someone who never actually experienced “morning sickness.” I think a more appropriate term would be “24/7 anytime and all the time sickness.”
Although the actual cause for morning sickness is not exactly known, it appears to be a combination of a number of factors including, increased levels of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).
Other theories suggest it could be an evolutionary survival, adaptation to protect women from food poisoning. Or perhaps it is related to stress, and the millions of emotions we face in the first few months of pregnancy.
Regardless of the reasons, it is estimated that at least 50 per cent of women face some degree of morning sickness. For me it was actually the opposite it was nighttime sickness. I felt fine in the morning but by 4:30 in the afternoon, I wanted to crawl under my desk and cry.
The typical hour commute home made the situation go from bad to unbearable. By the time I got home I was like a fire-breathing dragon, ready to destroy anything in my path, leaving poor Kim hiding somewhere in the condo nervously anticipating my arrival.
Thankfully for me (and him) my morning sickness symptoms did get better as I entered the second trimester. However, I found it extremely difficult to deal with, not only because I was feeling so awful, but because I was not ready to share the news of our pregnancy, leaving me host to many of my own pity parties.
Luckily, the pity parties got old quick and I began to look (and try) anything and everything I could to relive my symptoms. The best morning sickness remedy I found was staying properly hydrate.
Drinking enough water is crucial during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester as your body is in overdrive working on growing the new life inside you.
Water is needed by every cell in body and used to help your baby expand and grow, which is why making sure you have enough becomes extremely important. I quickly noticed that my sickness symptoms were significantly worse on the days I did not drink enough.
So how much is enough? Well the truth is it’s different for every women but aiming for at least eight, eight-ounce glasses a day should be your starting point.
You might find you need a bit more or maybe a bit less but you should be able to tell by your pee. If your pee is clear or very light yellow you are probably drinking enough. Medium to dark or straw yellow is definitely a sign that you are not drinking enough. On the other hand, if you are heading to the bathroom every 30 minutes you probably want to decrease.
I personally found once I became pregnant I needed to drink a lot more water.
Along with making sure your non-plastic water bottle never leaves your side, there are a number of ways you can ensure you are getting enough water, including adding specific things to your water that will help with your morning sickness symptoms. In my next post I’m going to share my favourite go-to hydrating home remedies.
I hope this helps, I would love to hear what worked best for you. Please leave a comment below and share your morning sickness symptoms and relief remedies.