Prenatal Vitamins for Common Morning Sickness
September 15, 2015
Nothing can make pregnancy more miserable than a case of common morning sickness. Regardless of its name, Nausea can affect many women morning, noon, or night. It is estimated that nearly 85% of pregnant women suffer from common morning sickness, which is most prevalent during the first trimester.1 However, for some women common morning sickness lasts throughout the entire pregnancy. Every expectant mother is different; some may not suffer at all while others may be so sick that normal life becomes nearly impossible.
Common Morning Sickness: What’s causing me to be so nauseous?
The causes of common morning sickness are not completely clear. The most popular theory is that strong hormonal changes in the mother’s body cause it. The body produces a pregnancy hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), which is produced in the highest levels during the first trimester.1 It is believed that common morning sickness can be caused by the body’s reaction to this hormone. This would explain why most women only suffer from common morning sickness during their first trimester. There are many different types of home remedies thought to keep nausea at bay. Nutritional intake is one of the simplest ways to stave off the feeling of nausea. Often the nausea is much worse on an empty stomach. Instead of the traditional three meals a day, it is recommended to eat several small, frequent meals throughout the day.1 Also, bland starches that can be metabolized the quickest, such as bread, rice or pasta, are among the best choices for food. A mix of these starches with high-protein snacks that take longer to breakdown, like cheese or peanut butter, can give you the energy you need throughout the day. It is also important to avoid spicy, greasy, or gas-producing foods. These generally only make the problem worse, especially for women prone to indigestion or heart burn.
Prenatal vitamins are extremely important for both the mother and the baby’s health. For a woman suffering from vomiting due to common morning sickness, she has an even harder time getting the nutrients she needs. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommends vitamin B6 first-line in prenatal vitamins to help alleviate nausea.2 While all of the Prenate® prenatal vitamins contain vitamin B6, the Prenate® Vitamin Family has specifically designed a prenatal vitamin for nutritional supplementation and which may help ease the symptoms associated with common morning sickness.
Prenate® AM is a prenatal vitamin to help manage common morning sickness that includes vitamin B6, 500 mg of ginger and 1 mg of folate. Ginger is recommended to help ease the symptoms of vomiting and nausea and calm the stomach.. The combination of the first-line vitamin B6 along with the ginger and calcium carbonate in Prenate® AM creates a prenatal vitamin that helps soothe the body and may help relieve the symptoms associated with common morning sickness.