Pregnancy comes with joy, nervousness and excitement about bringing a new life into the world. It also brings enormous physical, mental and hormonal changes. While you can’t wait to meet your baby, the months leading up to birth can be rough. Symptoms such as morning sickness can alter your experience, but there are remedies to alleviate this unpleasant condition and help you make the most of your pregnancy.
- What Is Morning Sickness?
- Morning Sickness Symptoms
- Possible Causes
- How to Manage Morning Sickness
- IV Therapy for Morning Sickness
- Pregnancy-Safe IV Therapy
- Morning Sickness IV
- Struggling With Symptoms? Let Our Team Come to You
What Is Morning Sickness?
Despite its well-known nickname, morning sickness can happen at any time. That’s why the technical term is nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
Morning sickness is most common during the first trimester, but some women tend to experience symptoms throughout their entire pregnancy. Symptoms typically peak during the time in which organ development is most susceptible to chemical disruption.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can be a positive sign that the placenta is developing well, as morning sickness occurs when a healthy placenta is growing. Women with NVP have a lower miscarriage rate.
Morning Sickness Symptoms
Every woman experiences different morning sickness symptoms with varying degrees of intensity.
- Nausea: Some triggers include specific odors, spicy foods, heat and excess salivation. However, there may be no triggers at all.
- Vomiting and appetite loss:Hormonal changes during pregnancy may make food seem unappetizing or leave you unable to keep meals down.
- Psychological effects: Pregnant women experiencing unrelenting morning sickness are more likely to experience depression during and after pregnancy.
Morning sickness can profoundly impact your quality of life. It can prevent you from working, socializing and enjoying your typical daily activities. In rare cases, worsening NVP symptoms can evolve into a diagnosis of hyperemesis gravidarum. These symptoms are the most severe as they detrimentally affect your health, and always require a doctor’s diagnosis.
Doctors have yet to pinpoint a cause for morning sickness. However, up to half of all pregnant women experience this condition, sharing many commonalities:
- High hormone levels, specifically estrogen
- Blood pressure fluctuations
- Altered metabolism and carbohydrates
- Significant physical and chemical changes
Before becoming pregnant, women often want to know if they’ll experience morning sickness. Here’s a list of possible factors that can put you at risk for morning sickness:
- You’ve had illness and vomiting in a previous pregnancy.
- You tend to experience motion sickness.
- You have a history of chronic migraines.
- Morning sickness runs in your family.
- You’re having twins.
- You felt sick when taking contraceptives containing estrogen.
- It’s your first pregnancy.
How to Manage Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is unavoidable for many pregnant women. Here are a few suggestions for coping with NVP.
- Avoid triggering smells: If an odor sets off your nausea, ask the people you live with to avoid doing things that cause it, or keep a safe distance from any known sources. Hormones enhance your sense of smell, so a scent that was once barely noticeable can become obtrusive.
- Slow down: Getting up slowly in the morning can help your body adjust to waking up. Sit on the side of your bed for a few minutes before getting up.
- Eat small meals: Having food in your stomach can help discourage nausea, as an empty stomach usually triggers it.
- Freeze your fluids: If it’s challenging to keep liquids down, freezing your drinks can keep you hydrated while giving your mouth something to focus on. It’s crucial to drink as much as you can manage.
- Fresh air: Getting plenty of fresh air can take you out of a nauseated state. Staying in bed for too long can inhibit getting better.
- Vitamins:Vitamin B6 can significantly diminish some morning sickness symptoms. IV drips deliver vitamins and nutrients directly to the bloodstream, bypassing the stomach, which is at the core of pregnant women’s morning sickness.
IV Therapy for Morning Sickness
Most people have some familiarity with IV drips, but not necessarily their benefits. IV therapy effectively delivers nutrients, vitamins and medication to the bloodstream, bypassing the digestive system. IV stands for intravenous, which means administered through the veins.
Due to its growing popularity, IV drip therapy is becoming publicly available in lounge settings. However, for your ultimate comfort and privacy, you may choose to get it in your home from a mobile health care professional.
Pregnancy-Safe IV Therapy
IV therapy is entirely safe for pregnant people as long as the IV package comes from a clinically qualified source and an experienced health professional administers the IV drip.
In some extreme cases, pregnant women may find themselves unable to keep any foods or fluids down. Fluids, nutrients and medication delivered through an IV port can correct dehydration. This treatment is vital for pregnant women suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, who are incapable of rehydrating themselves during the symptoms they experience.
Morning Sickness IV
One of the best ways to alleviate NVP symptoms is through a morning sickness IV package. For the times you feel constrained to your home, or you feel as though it’s impossible to put any food or fluid in your stomach, these IV drips will help you feel better.
The base ingredient to any IV package is saline, which consists of water and sodium chloride. Saline serves as the delivery system for nutrients, but also hydrates the body. IV fluid for morning sickness includes electrolytes to replace the nutrients you lose when vomiting. Electrolytes regulate your muscle contractions and keep you hydrated.
As mentioned before, vitamin B6 has proven abilities to diminish some morning sickness symptoms, so it is a crucial ingredient in the morning sickness IV package. It can significantly improve nausea without harming your baby. It’s vital to take vitamin B6 in moderation, but IV packages come formulated with the safest and most effective dosage.
Another addition to morning sickness IV packages can include +/- anti-nausea and vomiting medicines, which are mainstay hospital treatments for pregnant and non-pregnant people alike. To ensure pregnancy-safe IV therapy, we require a demonstration of prescription, your obstetrician’s approval or a consultation with our medical director to provide you with this.
Struggling With Symptoms? Let Our Team Come to You
When your morning sickness has you feeling unable to leave your bed or your home, our Morning Sickness and Nausea IV package can quickly alleviate your symptoms.
If you’re suffering from morning sickness and would like to receive treatment in the comfort of your home, our IV drip therapy is a safe, effective and painless solution to offer immediate relief. Our team members serve patients in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Nevada and Texas. Contact us to request an appointment now!
About the author
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D.
Brad Wenderoth, Pharm.D. is a licensed pharmacist and co-owner of Mobile IV Medics. With over 16 years of healthcare experience, Brad is bringing his expertise and passion for patient care to the Mobile IV Medics patient population. Prior to Mobile IV Medics, Brad worked in varying areas including both direct patient care and hospital leadership at Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, nationwide health system pharmacy consulting for Comprehensive Pharmacy Services (CPS), and professor of pharmacy at the USC School of Pharmacy. He holds a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of Arizona, a pharmacy practice residency from USC, and a lean six sigma green belt from Johns Hopkins.