Morning Sickness & Cravings: Dealing with the Reality

Pregnancy brings a lot of new things into a woman's life, but some things like sicknesses and cravings are out of their control. Even though sicknesses and cravings happen to almost every woman, doctors don't know exactly what causes them to happen. The good news is, there are things expectant moms can do to make it better.

Obstetrician Dr. Michael Jessup says, "I'd say 15 to 20 percent of our patients have significant morning sickness." Bekki Moore is one of those patients. She's due in three months. Just like with her other pregnancy, it hasn't been easy. She's had to deal with morning sickness. "A lot of it is because I didn't work with the first pregnancy and I am with this one. I just need to relax," Bekki says. "Sickness can happen anytime," Dr. Jessup says. "Morning, evenings, sometimes nights, but certainly morning tends to be the most common."

No matter what time of the day it happens, Dr. Jessup says the nauseous feelings tend to slack off in the middle of pregnancy, but it can get bad again right before the due date. The good news is, you can make it a little better. Eating small meals, throughout the day, will help. Avoid strong odors, and don't jump up right after you eat. Rest for a while, and take it slow. But it's not just morning sickness pregnant women go through, there are also the cravings. Something that Bekki knows about all too well. With both of her pregnancies, she's craved the same thing...pickles. "Even though I know it's not good for me, I do it anyway because I guess I want to spoil myself." But it may not be the best idea to spoil yourself all the time. Many things that pregnant women crave are high in salt and not good for them, so it's best to ask before you do anything. "If they're cravings for something that's not going to hurt them that's fine, but check with your doctor to know," Dr. Jessup says.

Once the baby gets here, new moms and dads are a little on the edge, worrying about every move their little one makes. So when should you call the doctor, and when can you take care of things yourself. That's Wednesday on Heartland News at Five.