All you parents know pregnancy is a really special time! But, it can also take a toll on Mom's body! Everything from weight gain to hormonal changes. One difficulty for many pregnant women is morning sickness. Medical experts call it N.V.P., or nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Many Moms know, it really isn't limited just to morning time.
N.V.P. is very common. Eight in ten women report having experienced some sort of nausea or vomiting. Often times it's just an inconvenience, but in some cases it can turn into a significant medical issue.
Dr. Siobhan Dolan works with the March of Dimes. She says just because this is common in pregnancy, doesn't mean it should go untreated. Again, it can lead to medical issues that could impact the baby.
"If a woman is not gaining weight -- there are weight-gaining guidelines for pregnancy -- so, if you are losing weight or not gaining weight appropriately, that's a red flag. That can be a sign of the baby not growing appropriately and can ultimately lead to some concerns like pre-term birth," explains Dr. Dolan.
Dr. Dolan says it can also be a problem if Mom gets really dehydrated. That could lead to low fluids and potentially some growth issues for the baby. And, if Mom is throwing everything up, that means it may be hard to keep prenatal vitamins down. Prenatal vitamins do a lot to help both Mom and baby.
If you are suffering from morning sickness, or N.V.P, there are a couple things you can try. First, talk to your doctor. Your doctor needs to know if you are having problems with nausea and vomiting. Experts say you should keep your doctor up to speed on any changes or problems you may be having during your pregnancy. Next, Dr. Dolan suggests eating small meals multiple times a day. Be careful when you choose which foods to eat. It's a good idea to stay away from spicy, hot foods. Stick to the bland stuff like saltine crackers instead. It's important to stay hydrated when you are pregnant. But, if you are feeling sick, that can be tough. Dr. Dolan says to drink water a little bit at a time. But, be sure to drink plenty enough throughout the day to stay hydrated. And, if these things don't work, there are medications you could try. Again, talk to your doctor about that.
For more information on N.V.P., click here. And, if this is something you are dealing with right now, you are not alone! Make time to talk to your doctor. Your health -- and, your baby's -- could be depending on it!
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