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Morning sickness is a pesky pregnancy problem that can affect as many as 50 per cent of women who are expecting.  


SmartParents ob-gyn expert Dr Christopher Chong, notes that the problem can start as early as the first trimester and should disappear by 16 weeks. The culprit is the surge in the mum-to-be’s hormones like human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).


Unless the condition is severe and leads to dehydration and weight lossmorning sickness does not need medical attention. The foods that may trigger your morning sickness can also differ from one person to the next. However, Dr Chong points out that as gas and acid reflux may intensify feelings of nausea and vomiting, you should approach your physican for antacids.


Certain kinds of food are also known to aggravate morning sickness in expectant women. Ob-gyn Dr Peter Chew advises that you avoid consuming spicy, fatty, fried or acidic foods. In fact, you should consume appetising foods that appeal in taste and smell and won’t trigger nausea and vomiting, he adds.


Nutritious food aside, Dr Chew says that making certain lifestyle changes can help lower your chances of puking. These include:

* Getting plenty of rest and taking naps during the day.
* Avoid lying down right after eating.
* Brushing your teeth and rinsing your mouth after you eat to remove any lingering odour.
* Avoid staying in a warm or stuffy room or taking a car ride that’ll trigger nausea.
* Taking a walk to get in some exercise and fresh air ― it’ll boost your body’s circulation and relieve gas.
* Drinking small amounts of water 30 minutes before and after — not during — a meal to stay hydrated.
* Open the windows or switch on the fan if an odour bothers you.


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