Effective Tips to Cure Morning Sickness In Second Pregnancy

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Morning Sickness In Second Pregnancy

You had a blissful pregnancy if you had not experienced morning sickness, but that percentage of women is comparatively less than those who experienced it. Even in a second pregnancy, this issue worries many pregnant women. However, we have some effective tips to cure morning sickness in the second pregnancy.

A new study suggests that there may be a hidden benefit in all that discomfort experienced during pregnancy.  Vomiting and nausea do give you a hard time if you are pregnant for the first time, but the second time around will be a lot less stressful on your body and mind if you reassure yourself that this is a sign of good health and development for the fetus.

In This Article

Are Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy A Good Sign?

There has been very strong evidence found by the scientists claiming that vomiting and nausea during pregnancy are associated with a low risk of miscarriage, which also backs up the myth that morning sickness is a good sign to indicate a well-developing baby.

When Does Vomiting Start During Second Pregnancy?

Vomiting and nausea start somewhere around 6 weeks and lasts till the first trimester. Very rarely, some women experience vomiting right until the day of delivery too. Just like how every baby is unique, so is each pregnancy, women to a woman or first or second.

The food we crave, the shape of the baby bump, skin conditions, and our mood swings can all be very different from our first to our second and subsequent pregnancies. Some may not have experienced any morning sickness at all in their first pregnancy. Whereas, they may be triggered due to the smallest of smells also in their second.

What is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?

Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Although many women face a lot of vomiting and nausea in their pregnancy, this is generally harmless to the mother as well as the baby. Morning sickness may be uncomfortable for the mother and can go up to 12 weeks. Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is known to be an extreme form of morning sickness that leads to severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

There are chances that the mother may begin to feel extremely sick, dehydrated, and tired due to this. Immediate medical attention is required if Hyperemesis Gravidarum is experienced.

Morning sickness vs. Hyperemesis Gravidarum

It may seem similar but in reality, morning sickness and HG are very different conditions experienced during pregnancy. Each has different complications and side effects for pregnant women. It is very important to identify the correct condition and give proper treatment.

  • Morning sickness includes nausea accompanied by vomiting. These symptoms fade away after 12 to 14 weeks of gestation, and this does not cause any dehydration. But when you have HG, it causes severe dehydration and fatigue, which needs immediate medical attention.
  • HG includes nausea that lasts for the entire pregnancy and severe vomiting, which leads to dehydration not allowing any food or fluid to stay in your system.
  • Morning sickness typically starts in the first month of pregnancy and lasts till the third or fourth month. Women who experience morning sickness may feel tired and have slight appetite loss. For women who experience HG, these symptoms will be doubled. They may feel extreme fatigue, which leads to difficulty in performing daily activities.
  • HG symptoms begin during the first six weeks of pregnancy and the nausea symptom doesn’t go away at all. The symptoms of HG begin within the first six weeks of pregnancy, and nausea often doesn’t go away. HG will be extremely draining and this lasts for weeks or months together, which is not the case with morning sickness.

What Are The Causes Of Nausea And Vomiting During Second Pregnancy?

Stress and fatigue cause a physical reaction within the body which leads to nausea and vomiting. Estrogen is another hormone that rises during early pregnancy and could contribute to queasiness. A sensitive stomach could be made worse while trying to adapt to the changes of pregnancy.

What Are The Treatments For Nausea And Vomiting In Pregnancy?

Treatments For Nausea And Vomiting In Pregnancy

Opposing the popular belief that morning sickness cannot be cured, there are a few effective anti-emetics (anti-sickness) medications that can be taken to combat morning sickness during the first trimester. HG is typically at its worst during the first trimester.

It is very important that immediate treatment is given to the mother without any delay. That being said, there is a number of prescriptions that are considered to be safe for consumption during pregnancy. Your doctor will be able to prescribe the most suitable one for you if need be.

Medications for Hyperemesis Gravidarum

A pregnant woman suffering from HG can be treated as an outpatient and should be monitored regularly. The weight of the patient and ketones in the urine should be monitored at each visit. Some women who have suffered from HG have noted a decrease in the symptoms of nausea and vomiting when they decreased their daily activities and had increased rest time.

Most of them also suggested that fresh air helped cope with the symptoms. In case the outpatient treatment fails, inpatient care might be needed for HG. This type of care is also required if severe fluid or electrolyte imbalance and nutritional compromise are experienced.

Tips to Control Vomiting During Pregnancy

home remedies for nausea

Morning sickness in the second pregnancy can be controlled by:

  1. Keep sipping water
  2. Suck a small piece of ginger or lemon or have ginger tea
  3. Chewing on fennel seeds
  4. Increase vitamin B6 intake
  5. Stay away from fried, fatty foods, which can be difficult to digest and cause vomiting.
  6. Pay close attention to nausea triggers and try to avoid them.
  7. You can have a cool, fruit-flavored popsicle in the morning to keep morning sickness at bay.
  8. Avoid eating large meals. Instead, eat several small meals throughout the day.

Foods to Avoid

  • High-Mercury Fish as mercury is a highly toxic element and may harm the fetus.
  • Raw or undercooked fish as these can cause several infections.
  • Undercooked, Raw, and Processed Meat.
  • Raw or undercooked Eggs
  • Caffeine, although it can be taken in very small doses.
  • Raw Sprouts
  • Unwashed products (fruits & vegetables)

How to Prevent Nausea After Meals?

woman drinking water

  1. Eat foods that can combat nausea
  2. Use fresh ginger in your food and drinks
  3. Eat less but more often
  4. Avoid foods that trigger nausea
  5. Drinking plenty of water
  6. Add sources of vitamin B6 to your diet

Suggested Foods

  • Cold foods such as sandwiches, raw vegetables, and salad which is hygienically prepared to avoid listeria.
  • Bland foods such as soups, broth, and plain baked potato
  • Plain vegetables or fruits
  • Lots of nuts

FAQ’s

1. Is Morning Sickness Worse With Second Pregnancy?

Even if you didn’t experience morning sickness with the first, you could get it with the second. If you experienced severe morning sickness during your first pregnancy, you are more likely to have it again. If you experienced mild morning sickness in your last pregnancy, you are less likely to have it this time.

2. How Early Can Morning Sickness Start In The Second Pregnancy?

Morning sickness during the second pregnancy affects almost all pregnant women between the sixth and ninth weeks of their pregnancy.   If you are still early in your pregnancy, you may not have experienced nausea associated with pregnancy yet, or it may be so mild that you are oblivious to it. Generally, it’s not going to start after week 14.

3. How Long Does Morning Sickness Last In The Second Pregnancy?

Morning sickness normally lasts from weeks 6 to 12, with the most acute peak occurring between weeks 8 and 10. By week 16, most individuals are feeling much better. Only a tiny percentage of expectant parents (about 10%) endure nausea and vomiting throughout their pregnancy.

4. Does Morning Sickness Indicate A Healthy Baby?

Early pregnancy nausea, usually known as “morning sickness,” may really be a positive indicator. When compared to women who did not experience morning sickness or vomiting during pregnancy, research shows that those who did had a reduced chance of miscarriage.

5. Why Is Morning Sickness Worse At Night?

Pregnancy nausea may hit at any hour of the day or night. Nighttime nausea might keep you awake and prevent you from falling asleep, particularly in the early weeks of pregnancy. The good news is that nighttime morning sickness generally subsides during the second trimester.

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