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Morning sickness refers to feeling nauseas or vomiting during pregnancy. Although commonly referred to as “morning” sickness, it actually occurs at any time, but seems most prevalent in the morning hours. Not all women experience nausea or vomiting but most do feel nauseas at some time during the first few months of pregnancy. About one third of all pregnant women have vomiting. Morning sickness can begin anywhere from the second to fourth week of pregnancy and is normally gone by between the 12 th and 14 th week of pregnancy. For a few women, morning sickness continues throughout the pregnancy. Although the exact causes of morning sickness are not known, the rapid increase in hormones is considered the most probable reason. Low blood sugar levels, especially in the early part of pregnancy, may contribute to morning sickness. Morning sickness does not harm either the mother or the fetus. However, if vomiting interferes with your ability to keep d...
For some of us who have migraines, the nausea that often occurs during migraine attacks can be the worst of our symptoms. It can be more severe and debilitating than the pain of a migraine attack. Moreover, it can truly wreak havoc with any oral medications we might take during a migraine. Many migraineurs have commented that keeping their meds down during a migraine is one of their biggest treatment challenges because of severe nausea and vomiting.
BUT, Here's a Vital Question:
Is the severe nausea and the accompanying vomiting truly making the meds, "not stay down?" The very, very important answer to that questions is, " Probably not entirely. " You may have read about gastric stasis and how it can keep oral medications from absorbing correctly and being optimally effective. That's not uncommon, but even if gastric stasis is a problem, SOME of the medication can enter our system within seconds of swallowing it.
Here's a Huge Problem:
Some of the same migraineurs who have commented t...
Pregnancy Tracker: 18 weeks
Size of the Baby: The size of a small can of soup.
Biggest Obstacle: Waking up in the morning -- sleep feels so good!
Yesterday, at 17 weeks and 6 days into my pregnancy, I had my first experience with insulin resistance. I can see that there are many frustrating days ahead!
Up until now, my blood glucose has been fairly easy to control. I have not increased my total daily dose (TDD) since the pregnancy began, and for a few weeks, between weeks 9 and 13, my insulin needs actually decreased. I had been able to rely on my body to do pretty much the same thing each day, and I was confident in my ability to estimate insulin needs and reactions.
Things are changing.
I had Grape Nuts cereal and skim milk, ½ cup of each, and ¼ cup fresh blueberries for breakfast on Monday morning. The doctor recently upped my breakfast insulin to carb ratio, so I'm now at 1:15. Thus, I bolused 4.25 units for 65 grams of carbohy...
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