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Morning Sickness: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

What is the treatment?

There are no synonyms for morning sickness.

How is the treatment done?

Morning sickness is a common condition for pregnant women. It usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy. It can occur at any time of the day, and for most women, it seems to stop after the 12th week of pregnancy.

Morning sickness is not harmful for the individual or the baby, but if the individual experiences excessive vomiting and cannot manage to keep her food down, she may have hyperemesis gravidarum.

More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness refers to the nauseous feeling you may have during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a result of the increased hormones in your body. The most common cause for morning sickness is due to the low blood sugar levels in a pregnant woman and other factors such as having twins/triplets, fatigue, stress and sporadic travelling can increase your chances for a severe morning sickness condition. Morning sickness also results in frequent mood swings and too much of stress on the mother is harmful for the mother as well as the baby. The symptoms of morning sickness are feeling nauseated when you eat something, abnormal weight loss, dizziness and spotting or bleeding. The morning sickness starts to occur usually after four to five months of pregnancy.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Morning sickness can be easily treated with the correct diet and medication. The woman needs to adhere to her doctor's recommendation by all means in order to keep herself and her baby healthy. Medications and supplements help to elevate the low levels of nutrients in the body that causes morning sickness and also helps to eliminate the possibility of feeling nauseated when you try to eat something. Morning sickness results in mood swings and discomfort hence the individuals who are looking after the pregnant woman should be considerate and try not to react to her discomfort. You should have a medical expert ready at all times in case the symptoms of the morning sickness worsen. Morning sickness usually do not require special treatment as it is a common mode of side effect during the time of pregnancies. You should take frequent naps, drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration and keep the home atmosphere pleasant as stress is very harmful for the mother and the baby as well. Positively maintain a balanced and healthy diet and try to avoid fatty foods. Nausea is a common symptom of morning sickness hence keep your home properly ventilated at all times and try to comfort the mother as much as possible.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

Morning sickness generally occurs in pregnant women. Hence, treatment for the same is made for them, irrespective of the age.

Are there any side effects?

There are no restrictions for the treatment of morning sickness since it affects pregnant women at large.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

Morning sickness has many side effects which include nausea, headaches, blacking out, loose motions, back pains, restlessness, breathlessness, excessive sweating and other symptoms.

How long does it take to recover?

Morning sickness can be easily treated with medication hence the woman needs to take care of herself by keeping her hydrated at all times. She has to follow a diet plan as recommended by her doctor in order to nourish herself and her baby, and avoid the symptoms of morning sickness to carry on with her pregnancy.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Morning sickness differs from individual to individual. Some women do not have morning sickness at all while some have it for a few weeks or months, at the start of their pregnancy. Regular medication should alleviate the symptoms for morning sickness within a month.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Since morning sickness can be healed with medication, the price for its treatment in India ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,500.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

The results of the treatment are semi permanent as it varies from individual to individual. In most cases, women can treat their morning sickness in a month whereas some have it all throughout their 8 or 9 months of pregnancy.

Safety: Condition Effectiveness: High Timeliness: Low Relative Risk: Medium Side Effects: Medium Time For Recovery: Low Price Range:

Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,500.

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Morning Sickness - Why Dextrose Therapy Should Not be Used?

Diploma In Advanced Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgery, ATSM (Urogynaecology), MRCOG, DRCOG, DGO, MBBS
Gynaecologist, Noida
Morning Sickness - Why Dextrose Therapy Should Not be Used?

Although, morning sickness is a common phenomenon in pregnant women, severe symptoms along with loss of weight and electrolyte disturbance may indicate hyperemesis gravidarum. This condition cannot be prevented from occurring. However, you can use several steps to manage the condition, but if you are thinking of dextrose for treating hyperemesis gravidarum, you should avoid using the remedy.

Causes behind it

Hyperemesis gravidarum commonly occurs when there is a rise in your hormone levels during pregnancy. The affected hormone is hCG or human chorionic gonadotropin. It is produced during pregnancy from the placenta and in early pregnancy stages, it is produced at a rapid rate. This hormone triggers severe nausea.

The symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum are as follows:

  1. Intense nausea and vomiting
  2. Aversion towards food
  3. Loss of appetite and weight loss
  4. A reduced urge for urination
  5. Possible dehydration
  6. Headaches and confusion
  7. Extreme tiredness or fatigue that can cause fainting
  8. Jaundice
  9. Increased heart rate
  10. Losing skin elasticity

There are different modes of treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum. Dextrose is one of the methods which should be abstained from unless the need is urgent.

  1. Intravenous fluids or IV is used for restoring the hydration of vitamins, nutrients, and electrolytes.
  2. Tube feeding is another treatment method.
  3. Nasogastric treatment incorporates nutrient restoration through a tube, which goes into the stomach via your nose.
  4. Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy is also applied where a tube passing through the abdomen goes into the stomach.
  5. Several medications are used for treatment.

Dextrose and Hyperemesis gravidarum

Dextrose is a simple sugar made from corn. Chemically, it is identical to glucose or blood sugar. It is used for several medical purposes. It is dissolved in many solutions which are given intravenously, combined with other medicines. Solutions which contain dextrose should not be given to patients suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. This is because dextrose increases your body’s need for thiamine. Hence, the chances of precipitating Wernicke encephalopathy gets higher in women who already suffer from thiamine deficiency.

However, dextrose infusion can be used when the patient is very hypoglycemic and oral toleration becomes difficult. In such cases, the dextrose needs to be supplemented with thiamine. IV thiamine may be used before the dextrose infusion. Dextrose is a carbohydrate and solutions which contain dextrose  provide calories. They are often given in combination with fat and amino acids.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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Travelling During Pregnancy - Is it Safe?

MS - Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Fellowship in Fetal Medicine
Gynaecologist, Amritsar
Travelling During Pregnancy - Is it Safe?

Travelling during pregnancy - Is it safe?
Pregnancy places some restrictions on the expectant mother, and one of them is limiting travel so much so that most women do only the required and essential commutes and skip any other travel, including vacations and business travel, completely until delivery. However, with the lifestyle changing for the woman so radically, this is being revisited. The doctor’s current advice is that unless there are potential complications expected or significant concerns, it is completely safe to travel.

The first trimester especially is a little tricky for travel, with the morning sickness. The second trimester is considered more ideal for travel, as the morning sickness and the feeling of being pregnant is sunk in, so the mother is comfortable. The third trimester is fine too, but the chances of fatigue are higher, and so travel is better avoided.

Read on to know some significant things to remember whether you are on a plane, train, or road during your pregnancy.

  1. Always buckle yourself up as soon as you enter the car. Use both the seat belt and the lap belt.
  2. Keep the air bags turned on.
  3. Try to avoid travel time of four hours at a stretch.
  4. When stopping for breaks, try to walk around a bit and stretch so that you do not feel the strain of sitting for long hours.


  1. Most airlines allow women to travel during the first eight months of pregnancy.
  2. Some airlines do allow for travel during the ninth month, if the doctor approves it, or if there is an attendant with the expectant woman.
  3. It is okay to walk through airport screening during pregnancy. There are some women who are apprehensive about this aspect.
  4. Similarly the cabin pressure in the commercial planes reduces, but does not bear any significant impact for a pregnant woman.
  5. Select an aisle seat, as it allows for easy seating and getting up.
  6. Walking to the restroom and back should be carefully managed. The aisle is quite narrow and care must be taken to avoid hurting yourself.
  7. Use the seats for providing support when walking through the aisle.
  8. Especially, in turbulent stretches, try remaining seated, bearing in mind the safety aspects for yourself and the baby.

Other modes:

  1. Traveling by bus is safe, but trips to the restroom would be difficult.
  2. Trains are generally considered safer, as there is a lot of room for movement. Restrooms are available anytime, which is another major advantage.
  3. Sea travel is also considered safe, but sea sickness could add to the nausea.
  4. For long-term sailing, check with the cruise provider or the boat facility about availability of a healthcare provider on the ship. Consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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Vomiting in Pregnancy - Is It More Than Just Morning Sickness?

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, DNB (Obstetrics and Gynecology)
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
Vomiting in Pregnancy - Is It More Than Just Morning Sickness?

Hyperemesis gravidarum (HG) is an extreme type of morning sickness. It is a pregnancy related queasiness and additionally painful at times. It can stop proper intake of food and other nourishments in your system which would affect the growing baby within, as well. Affecting around one to three percent of ladies, HG can lead to weight reduction, lack of healthy food intake and dehydration. In extreme cases, it can lead to unnatural birth cycle and, it can at times, be lethal.
Certain reasons can expand a woman’s odds of having serious morning sickness during pregnancy. Notwithstanding, having a family history of the condition, the following can put a woman at risk:

  1. The conceiving amount (twins, triplets, and so on.)
  2. History of motion sickness in general
  3. A headache or migraines with nausea

The queasiness or nausea can be so extreme at times that it can affect both, the mother as well as the baby. The powerlessness to not being able to eat the proper nourishment makes it difficult for the woman to meet her health and nutrient needs. Subsequently, she may get weaker. Furthermore, lost liquids, combined with the loss of stomach acid that happens during pregnancy, can bring about the lack of hydration and cause a complicated pregnancy.

In case a woman does not get treatment, it can bring about numerous complexities, including organ failure and the untimely birth of the infant. It is critical to talk to the specialist if a pregnant woman has any of the following indications:

  1. Sickness that continues throughout the day, making it difficult to eat or drink
  2. Vomiting that happens three to four times each day or losing one’s appetite
  3. Vomit that has blood or dashes of blood in it
  4. Weight reduction
  5. Black out or unsteadiness
  6. Diminished urine
  7. Fast heart rate
  8. Continuous migraine
  9. Parched mouth
  10. Extreme weakness

Medications that are normally used for morning sickness, for example, eating dry saltines in the morning might be suggested for women with extreme morning sickness. Treatments for this condition may include:

  1. A brief time of not eating by mouth to rest the gastrointestinal framework
  2. Intravenous (IV) liquids
  3. Vitamin and nourishing supplements

In case it is extreme, the pregnant lady might get a prescription to stop the vomiting, either by mouth or through an IV. The specialist may suggest eating foods with ginger or taking vitamin B6 supplements to mitigate sickness. The following can likewise offer assistance:

  1. Following a bland diet
  2. Eating regular little meals
  3. Drinking a lot of liquids when not feeling nauseous
  4. Staying away from hot and greasy foods
  5. Eating high-protein snacks
  6. Staying away from tactile boosts that can act as triggers

Therefore, morning sickness or vomiting is not always to be taken lightly during pregnancy. One should always consult a specialist when going through the same in an extreme way.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

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10 Signs You Might Be Pregnant!

MBBS, MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Gynaecologist, Nagpur
10 Signs You Might Be Pregnant!

When you’re trying to conceive a baby, waiting for your next period can be a test of patience. If your menstrual cycle varies from month to month or if you haven’t been keeping track of your cycle dates you may not even be sure of when your period is to begin. However, a missed period is not the only sign of pregnancy. Here are ten others signs to watch out for.

  1. Sensitive nipples: As your hormone levels increase so does the blood supply to the breasts and nipples. This can make you feel extra sensitivity in the form of a tingling sensation around the nipples.
  2. NauseaMorning sickness affects most pregnant women but some women are spared this experience. Morning sickness can start as early as four weeks into the pregnancy and is marked by feelings of queasiness and an urge to vomit. Despite its name, morning sickness can affect a woman at any time of the day.
  3. Frequent urinationA combination of surging hormones and a higher volume of blood in the body can make your kidneys work extra hard. From the 6th week of pregnancy onwards, women find themselves urinating more frequently. This may also be accompanied by a burning sensation.
  4. Food cravings: Cravings for ice cream, pickles etc. is often joked about when it comes to pregnancy, but this can be one of the first signs of pregnancy. After conceiving a baby, a woman is likely to go off certain flavours even though they may be things she liked otherwise. You may also notice a metallic taste in your mouth and change in your sensitivity to the smell of things as well.
  5. Tiredness: As the body gears up to nurture a growing foetus, mothers find themselves abnormally tired. Pregnancy hormones also add to this feeling along with making you upset and emotional. This fatigue is often highest in the first and third trimester.
  6. Darker nipples: Pregnancy hormones can also cause changes in the appearance of your skin. One of the first noticeable changes is darkening of the nipples. Your nipples may also become more erect and the bumps around them may become more pronounced.
  7. Spotting: It is easy to mistake light bleeding for a period, but if you are pregnant this is known as implantation bleeding. The reason for this spotting is not known but it occurs as the fertilised egg settles into the uterus. This spotting may also be accompanied by mild cramps.
  8. BloatingPregnancy hormones can make you feel bloated especially in the abdominal area. This feeling is similar to the feeling some women have just before their menstrual cycle begins.
  9. Mood swings: Pregnancy hormones affect neurotransmitters in the brain. For some women, this can cause heightened emotions while for others it can lead to depression and anxiety.
  10. High basal body temperature: Basal temperature refers to your lowest body temperature and is usually taken as soon as you wake up. If your basal temperature has been higher than normal for more than two weeks consecutively, it may be a sign that you are pregnant. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a gynaecologist and ask a free question.
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How to Balance Your Work and Health During Pregnancy?

Speciality Birthing Care
Gynaecologist, Bangalore
How to Balance Your Work and Health During Pregnancy?

At times, being pregnant may make you feel as if it is a full-time job. This causes even more problems when you actually have a full-time job, especially jobs that require you to be seated at a desk or to be pleasant with your clients even when you don’t feel like. But thankfully, there are tips on how you can handle the major issues that you may face at your workplace during your pregnancy.

When to make the announcement?
Though it is quite natural to feel tempted to spill the good news right away, advises that it is good to keep the news to yourself until you have crossed the first trimester. This is because the chance of miscarriage drop dramatically and when you finally decide to announce the news, make sure that your boss gets to know it right from you rather than any of your colleagues.

How to manage the common symptoms while on the job?
Though pregnancy causes a variety of discomforts, it doesn’t give you a ticket for slacking off at work. There are various ways of dealing with the symptoms in order to prevent them from interfering with your work. If you suffer from morning sickness (85% of women suffer from nausea during pregnancy), you can get over it by eating your favourite food. You can take in small doses of healthy snacks for keeping your blood-sugar levels within the required limit and reduce the nausea. When your symptoms are severe, you will have to consult an expert about proper medications.

When to get ready for maternity leave?
Before you decide to bid a temporary farewell to your workplace, you will have to specify the details of your leave. You should let your boss know about an approximate date from when you will be taking leave and when you will be able to rejoin. By giving them a tentative date of your return, you are allowing them to see the light at the end of that tunnel. You can help by making a small list of tasks that you were responsible for and also offer suggestions on how they can be divided and handled by your coworkers.

Though most women are into professions which will not affect the delivery of the child, there are certain kinds of jobs that may put you as well as your baby’s health at risk. It is important to consult your doctor and ask for a detailed advice on this matter.

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Popular Questions & Answers

Hi I'm 20 weeks pregnant, my Ayurveda doctor prescribed me mahavilwadi leham, is this safe during pregnancy? becoz in some website it's mentioned as avoid this during pregnancy (I dnt hv any vomit sensation from tha beginning) pls help.

MBBS, MD - Obstetrtics & Gynaecology, PhD(breast diseases)
Gynaecologist, Chandigarh
lybrate-user we avoid any drugs which have not had proper trials in pregnancy. .The allopathic drugs we prescribe usually have undergone vigorous trials in animals and later in pregnant ladies before we start prescribing. So pls avoid it.
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I feel sleepy and tired all day, it takes lots of effort being with someone. Being Social is a nightmare for me. In morning I can't wake up due to headache and sickness. I have problem talking to people too. I can not understand what happened to me. Please help.

General Physician, Fatehabad
Hi lybrate-user, you seem to be suffering from mild depression. Read this list of natural solutions to ease symptoms of depression. 1. Exercise - Maybe you have heard the expression that exercise is the most underutilized anti-depressant. Very true! Often when a person is feeling depressed, the idea of getting moving seems strenuous and undesirable. However, the truth is that exercising has been proven to boost a person’s mood due to endorphins being released in the brain. Endorphins are neurotransmitters that give a person that happy feeling. Additionally, exercise is beneficial for keeping the body healthy and for helping eliminate stress and anxiety. 2. Eat Healthy Foods - The foods that a person eats directly affects mood! Despite how enticing greasy, sugary foods seem, particularly when you are depressed, these foods can actually contribute to depression because the body is not getting the proper nutrients needed for optimal function. On the other hand, those who tend to turn away from food when feeling depressed may be experiencing a similar reaction. The body needs certain foods for healthy function and if a person denies the body these needs, it will contribute to depression as well. Look for foods high in nutrients like fruits and vegetables. Stay away from stimulants like caffeine, as they are known to contribute to negative moods. Additionally, if you are depressed, stay away from alcohol and other depressants, as these will only worsen a person’s mood. 3. Socialize - Depression often leads people to spend time alone, isolating themselves from the social world. While the thought of spending time with others can be daunting when a person is depressed, the truth is spending time around others is known to increase a person’s mood. Patterns of isolation only get tougher to break. And the longer a person spends alone, the harder it is to mentally prepare for social interactions. However, human beings are meant to be social, which is why spending time with others is beneficial. Spend time with friends as much as possible or join group activities that you enjoy to meet new people. Joining a local sports team or club is an excellent way to get more exercise and to meet people who have similar interests. 4. Keep a Journal - Finding methods of coping with emotions is very important, especially when a person is depressed. One of the simplest ways to cope is to keep a journal. Being able to express feelings helps to not only alleviate stress and anxiety, but it helps to improve mood. Journaling can help a person identify what has been bothering them and further explore the causes or depression. Writing helps to identify and prioritize the problems being experienced, and it can help a person identify triggers in their daily life, especially if a person is journaling every day. In addition to using journaling as a way to let negative emotions out of the mind, it also can be used as a place to create positivity for oneself. At the end of every journal entry, try writing a few positive notes about yourself. A little positivity goes a long way! 5. Meditate - Another valuable method of coping with depression is the practice of meditation to effectively calm the mind and body. In addition to helping improve mood, meditation is known to improve mindfulness and focus while simultaneously calming anxiety. The simple act of regulating breathing can help a person find a state of calm, ultimately improving their mood. 6. Therapy - An essential part of treatment for anyone suffering with depression is psychotherapy. Spending time talking with a therapist on a regular basis will help a person verbalize what they are feeling in a safe and caring environment in an effort to understand their depression. Therapists help people make sense of their emotional experience being by looking at past traumas and discussing present experiences. Additionally, therapists help teach coping tools in an effort to change destructive behavioral patterns that may be contributing to the depression. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
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Morning sickness daily and my teeth in sweet and pickle in my teeth. What should i do?

B.Sc. - Dietitics / Nutrition, Nutrition Certification,Registered Dietitian
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so your stomach is never empty. High-protein foods and complex carbohydrates might be especially helpful. Whatever you eat, eat it slowly. Avoid lying down after eating (especially on your left side) because this can slow digestion. Keep simple snacks, such as crackers, by your bed. When you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up. Snacking on crackers may also help you feel better if you wake up nauseated in the middle of the night. By the way, getting up slowly in the morning – sitting on the bed for a few minutes rather than jumping right up – may also be helpful.
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What is the treatment?
How is the treatment done?
Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)
Who is not eligible for the treatment?
Are there any side effects?
What are the post-treatment guidelines?
How long does it take to recover?
What is the price of the treatment in India?
Are the results of the treatment permanent?
What are the alternatives to the treatment?
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Nausea and vomiting or Hyperemesis Gravidarum in Pregnancy
Hi, I am Dr Tripti Raheja. I am working as consultant obstetrics and Gynaecology in Max Hospital Pitampura.

This video will provide information regarding nausea and vomiting of pregnancy and hyperemesis gravidarum which is a severe form of this condition.

Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy are a very common symptom of pregnancy. Most pregnant women experience it to some degree. Usually it starts very early in pregnancy around 5 to 7 weeks of pregnancy. It settles down by 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. In some women it may continue till 20 weeks of pregnancy and occasionally may last until the end of pregnancy. Usually it is most severe in the morning, so, that is why it is called as morning sickness. Though it can happen at any time, day or night. It is more severe if you are carrying more than one baby.

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy can become so serious sometimes. It can lead to significant weight loss and dehydration. Features of dehydration are feeling very thirsty, feeling drowsy feeling and or change of colour of urine from bright yellow to dark yellow. This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum. Women with hyperemesis gravidarum may require and should go to hospital. There is no evidence that it can cause any harm to your baby rather if you have vomiting during your pregnancy then there is a less chance of miscarriage. However, in some women who have hyperemesis gravidarum or who have severe vomiting persistently for a long time may have baby there that are lower than expected birth rate.

You can deal with nausea and vomiting of pregnancy by simply doing;

Diet changes, proper diet is necessary in order to overcome this problem.
You should take small frequent meals at regular interval.
You should increase carbohydrate intake your diet and decrease the intake of food.
You should avoid food or smell that can Trigger your symptoms.
You can take medicines also with the help of your doctor. These medicines are safe during pregnancy.
In some cases where the vomiting is very severe, persistent leading to dehydration or leading to normality in the blood test patient may require admission to the hospital and treatment by IV Fluids.

If you want to consult me for that you can connect me with Lybrate. You can book an online consultation, you can check, you can do video call or you can fix up an appointment with my clinic person.
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