You’ve taken the test and confirmed that you’re pregnant. It’s such a thrilling time that’s for sure. But then the sickness kicks in!
Not all expectant mothers experience morning sickness but for some it can really put a dampener on the excitement surrounding being an expectant mother. Whether you simply can’t stand certain smells and tastes, you feel sick in the morning but better by lunchtime, or you’re unfortunate enough to feel sick and end up vomiting all day - sickness in pregnancy is no joke!. However, be assured that it is common and completely normal with 70-85% of pregnant women experiencing some degree of nausea.
Why do we experience nausea during pregnancy and how long does it last?
To be honest, we don’t have a definitive answer but it’s thought to be due to the surge of pregnancy hormones combined with a more sensitive digestive system and a heightened sense of smell. You’ll usually start to experience nausea by the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy and it’s likely to be at its height by week eight. However, there is some good news. By the second trimester the sickness usually disappears although for some women it may continue for longer.
Can ginger and vitamin B6 really help to alleviate the symptoms?
As an ancient herb, ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for sickness. Not just the sickness associated with pregnancy but for travel sickness too. Scientists think that it works by keeping your digestive function stable through increasing the responsiveness of the digestive system and speeding up the emptying of the stomach. This in turn leads to reduced feelings of nausea.
Ginger is also known to have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties that also improve digestion plus, it works to support the hormones that regulate blood pressure. Most of its health benefits come from gingerol, the main bioactive component and shogoals that give ginger its spicy taste, both of which block the actions of the neurotransmitters serotonin and acetylcholine. Involuntary stomach contractions are triggered by acetylcholine while serotonin stimulates the vomiting reflex.
Supplementing your diet with vitamin B6 is also thought to improve nausea for many pregnant women, although it’s not thought to stop vomiting. Including it in your diet will give you a double whammy as it’s not only effective in combating morning sickness and settling an upset stomach but it provides essential nutrients for the development of your baby’s brain and immune function. When combined with ginger, it gives you much welcome relief from the sickness associated with pregnancy so that you can enjoy your first trimester.
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With PregmaPlus+ 1 there’s no need to take (and pay for) a separate supplement to relieve morning sickness associated as it’s part of our formula. Packed full of 21 nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your body craves during pregnancy, including ginger and vitamin B6, our Australian developed soluble supplement will help to kickstart your baby’s development to set them up for a fantastic start in life AND give you relief from the feelings of nausea that so often accompany the first trimester, some even during second trimester At NutraCare, we truly believe in the power of nurture and care deeply about the health and wellness of you and your baby. That’s why we take such care to develop supplements that will make you stronger and healthier and ready to take on the role as an expectant mother.
And we all know that a stronger mum makes a stronger baby – so it’s a win-win all round!