How many Bollywood movies we must have seen where the heroine runs away from the dinner table with hands on her mouth while the members of the family smile at each other for they have just discovered that there’s soon going to be a baby in the family? If you are planning and have finally conceived, morning sickness is probably one of the first signs of pregnancy. In reality, nobody smiles and least of all the woman who sits by the toilet bowl retching her guts out.
A week after I discovered I was pregnant; no puking. I thought I was one of those rare lucky women who didn’t get morning sickness. But I started dancing a little too soon. In my sixth week of pregnancy and the sickness took over me like there was no tomorrow. I was puking day in and day out. Why they call it the Morning Sickness beats me?
The sickness was so bad that even the thought of food nauseated me. I refrained from eating and drastically lost weight (up to 5 kgs). I still remember my doctor’s words, “You had better start eating or I would need to keep you on drip”. I guess the words got me for I finally started eating even if I had to immediately rush to the bathroom. Also I started taking a magic pill (that the doctor prescribed for the morning sickness) from there on till the day I delivered my little daughter. But it wasn’t that morning sickness stopped with the pill; just the frequency got reduced.
People say that once you hit your second trimester, morning sickness stops. Yes, it does for a few lucky ladies. But for me, that wasn’t the case. I still puked once a day. I came to know that Morning Sickness happens due to production of hormones which lead to indigestion and heartburn.
Hormones, I could not help but to control indigestion and heartburn what I did:
- Drank a lot of water
- Ate something immediately on waking up; thepla, khakhra, previous night paratha etc. No crackers please; contrary to popular belief they are made of maida and do more harm than good.
- Ate small meals every 2 hours (or else I felt a burning sensation in the stomach)
- Avoided eating out. Just imagine no pani puri for 9 months 🙁
- Avoided spicy, fried and junk food
- Concentrated on nutritious breakfast and lunch
- Avoided heavy meals in the night
The only good that came out of the Morning Sickness was that I hardly put on any weight. Only 7 kgs (of which 5 were the ones I had lost in the first trimester) which I lost as soon as I delivered. 🙂