Why do we get seasick? Many factors contribute to the motion sickness nausea sensed on a boat and we are going to get into each and every one. Along with how the seasickness patch works and other natural motion sickness remedies that actually work.
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Have you ever felt your belly popping and it’s not a baby kick? Your baby has hiccups… Yes, even babies in utero can get hiccups, but why? I’m the doctor who is going to give you some cool fun facts that you probably didn’t know about your babies like what they are doing in there and even how to stop the hiccups.
Why Babies Get Hiccups in the Womb?
Hiccups are one of the many different movements your baby makes while in the womb. It is perfectly normal for your baby to get hiccups in utero. They signify that your baby is developing well.
Fetal hiccups refer to quick little repetitive movements your baby makes while in the womb. The movements are caused by your baby’s diaphragm's contraction when it inhales amniotic fluid into the lungs.
Fetal hiccups are similar to adult hiccups, but adult hiccups are usually followed by rapid air entry, rather than amniotic fluid.
Most women feel when their growing babies get hiccups, although some may confuse them with baby kicks. Your baby may begin hiccupping as early as late in your first trimester, but you may not notice them until late in your second trimester.
Some other first-trimester amazing side effects include morning sickness which I talk all about it in Episode 1, 2, 9, 13, & 60. If you want relief in seconds use the natural selection that OBGYN’s choose called NoMo Nausea. It’s a wristband used in hospitals that combines essential oils and acupressure to instantly stop your worst pregnancy nausea and vomiting.
Most first-time moms-to-be notice their baby’s hiccups when they are 20 weeks pregnant while those who have had a prior pregnancy can notice their babies' hiccups as early as 16 weeks.
Your baby's hiccups are easily felt when your baby gets bigger. However, the frequency of fetal hiccups should decrease when you are a few weeks from giving birth.
What Causes Fetal Hiccups?
Your baby gets hiccups in the womb because of the contraction of its diaphragm as it practices breathing. They show that your baby is experiencing good developmental milestones.
When your baby gets hiccups, it indicates that its diaphragm is developing well, making it able to inhale and exhale amniotic fluid.
Fetal hiccups suggest your baby has an intact and well-functioning nervous system. A nerve activates the contraction of the diaphragm of the baby. When your baby gets hiccups, it shows that it is getting ready to breathe independently and survive outside your uterus.
When your baby gets hiccups in the womb, it also suggests that it is practicing vital reflexes such as suckling, which are useful when it is born.
When Should You Be Worried?
It is usual for your baby to get hiccups, and you should not worry about them in most cases. However, when your baby gets hiccups several times a day, especially in the last weeks of your pregnancy, it could be a sign that it is not getting enough blood and oxygen. It can occur due to the compression or prolapse of the umbilical cord, which contains the blood vessels supplying your baby.
Therefore, if you notice frequent fetal hiccups in a day, it would best you inform your doctor as soon as possible. Cord compression or prolapse is associated with changes to your baby’s blood pressure, heart rate, accumulation of blood carbon dioxide levels, brain damage, and consequently cause stillbirth.
Experience strong and longer fetal hiccups after 28 weeks call for an evaluation. You may want to see your doctor to check if there is a problem and get reassurance to get peace of mind.
How to Stop Fetal Hiccups in Utero
While fetal hiccups are usually not painful, they may make you feel uncomfortable. Sometimes they can be much distracting, making it difficult to relax – they may disrupt your sleep. Here are tips to help you stop fetal hiccups in the womb.
- Lie on your left side.
- Support your tummy using pillows to relieve pressure on your spine.
- Perform moderate exercises that are safe to do.
- Drink plenty of water to help you stay hydrated
- Eat a healthy pregnancy diet.
- Have a regular sleep schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Take a nap as necessary during the day.
- Change positions and walk around.
While the above tips can help stop fetal hiccups, you also need to learn to embrace them until a time when they disappear.
How to cure hiccups for adults
Hold your breath, increases the amount of carbon dioxide & force the diaphragm that forces CO2 to stop contracting.
Sound is your epiglottis involuntarily contracts and makes the sound.
What to Eat During Pregnancy?
Learn the perfect pregnancy diet and doctor-recommended amounts of food to eat when pregnant during Pregnancy Pukeology Podcast Episode 16. Dr. PukeNoMo answers the most common questions about what and how much of each food group you should be consuming, the nutritional value of food versus pill vitamins, and the real story behind good fats and salt. This podcast is perfect for all women, who are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant and want answers for the best information about pregnancy that there is to date.
What is Pregnancy Diet?
There is no such thing as a “pregnancy diet,” but being pregnant you should be eating “real food.” Nutritional foods are the best way of taking in nutrients, and if you are interested in learning more read "Real Food for Pregnancy" by Lily Nichols.
Healthy babies are the result of learning from historical cultures that had good eating habits. Groups from the 1900s like Swiss (who still have one of the most stringent food regulations to this day), Eskimos, Malay tribes, Maori of New Zealand, Native Pacific Islanders – Polynesians, Australian Aborigines, and South Americans of the Amazon basin where my family is from, Peru. They all have nutrient content of foods in comparison to imported foods. The difference was dramatic, and their children did not suffer health problems like tooth decay, narrow palate, crooked teeth, club foot, neural tube defects, poor immune health like tuberculosis, psychological problems as cultures who ate foods of modern commerce like sugar and refined grains.
Real foods maximize nutrient density, meaning the about of absorbed nutrients per item that you eat. Fresh in-season vegetables that are grown without pesticides, minimally processed foods, full-fat dairy from grass-fed cows, and foods that don’t have a label.
Before I start talking about what and how much you should be eating during your pregnancy, make sure you know the 5 foods you SHOULD NOT eat because they are detrimental to the health of your baby in Pregnancy Pukeology Podcast Episode 5 "Foods To Avoid While Pregnant Pregnancy Pukeology Podcast Episode 5" on Spreaker.
The meal breakdown looks like a pie cut into fourths, where vegetables take up half, carbs are ¼, and protein and fats are the other ¼.
2 cups+ adding some fat like butter or olive oil
Non-Starchy Vegetables have little effect on blood sugar and are great sources of fiber. Fiber is especially helpful for keeping you pooping by acting as fuel for your intestinal bacteria (probiotics), but it also slows down how quickly your body breaks down carbohydrates into sugar.
Vegetables are better absorbed when eaten with some fat. I know you’ve been told your whole life that fat is bad but think of good fat as your baby’s brain food since their tiny brain is 60% fat.
Get your baby use to healthy foods in utero, and YES your baby can “taste” what you’re eating via your amniotic fluid. Make non-picky eaters all in your belly.
0.5 to 1 cup of starchy or carbohydrate-rich foods
Carbohydrates are the only macronutrient or something that gives you energy, that significantly raises your blood sugar. If you eat too many of these carbs, your baby can grow unhealthily large (medically known as macrosomia), and on average pregnancy weight gain is 18 pounds heavier than women who ate mainly unprocessed carbs. It’s so sad that 49-52% of adults in the US have either diabetes or prediabetes and that it's on the rise at an alarming rate according to the Journal of American Medical Association.
A high carbohydrate diet during pregnancy is also linked to an increased chance of developing Gestational Diabetes, preeclampsia, gall bladder disease (gallstones), and babies having metabolic problems like heart disease later on in life. But ALL carbs aren’t bad! Great sources include carbs from starchy vegetables, legumes (like beans, lentils, split peas), fruits, milk, and yogurt too. Anything from grains like flour has a higher glycemic index than those that I just listed.
- Protein & Fat:
3-4 oz of protein, and go ahead and eat the fat on the skin of the chicken (it’s good for you).
Do you remember being a kid and hearing don’t eat the yoke? Well, the age-old debate is still going strong. I’m here to tell you to eat the yolk, especially while pregnant because it is an excellent source of choline, a relative of B-vitamins. 94% of women do not get the 450mg of choline needed per day. A low choline diet is a major risk factor for neural tube defects.
You also get a lot of Vitamin A in egg yolks, which is important for proper lung and liver development, and a lack of Vitamin A is highly associated with a low birth weight baby.
Omega 3 fat, also called DHA, is found in fatty fish, seafood, grass-fed meat, and pasture-raised eggs and is important in developing the baby’s brain and vision. Too many oils like corn, soy, cottonseed, and safflower oil inhibit the synthesis or creation of DHA. Usually, in processed foods like salad dressing and fried foods, the amount of Omega-6 to Omega-3 is skewed 30:1, and infants of women with this high ratio are twice as likely to experience developmental delays.
So what fats are good with your protein? Chicken skin, steaks, and full-fat dairy. There is strong evidence showing eating high-fat dairy improves fertility, and those women pregnant thru IVF have the highest chances of a live birth who consumed dairy products with mostly dairy fat.
The Institute of Medicine recommends that all pregnant women should drink about 100z of fluids a day. It is over six water bottles! Now, remember that the milk in your cereal and decaffeinated tea also counts as your total. Your pee should be a pale yellow signifying you are well hydrated. If you are curious about how your bladder changes during the third trimester check out Episode 11 "Frequent Urination In Pregnancy from Early Signs Of Pregnancy to Third Trimester" on Spreaker.
Salt, sodium chloride, is the body's electrolyte. Redistributing itself by shifting water inside and outside of the cell. Pregnant women are well known for cramping because they are not getting enough of these two electrolytes plus potassium. Salt supports normal stomach acid levels by supplying chloride (it is the chloride in hydrochloric acid, and the hydrogen is the acidic portion causing the pH to be very low). Good stomach acid pH is needed to absorb minerals and vitamin B12, protein digestion, and pathogenic bacteria the food you eat leaves in your stomach. Now ladies with pre-eclampsia, please reduce your salt intake. Everyone else add a little salt to your kale (it makes it taste WAY better).
If you are experiencing any nausea, migraine or cannot fall asleep when it is bed time, try NoMo Bands. They provide natural relief within seconds and will become a part of your essentials.
Tips & Tricks from Dr. PukeNoMo
Conventional nutrition suggests that pregnant women eat fortified foods during pregnancy like cereal with fortified folic acid and iron while ignoring the foods that are sourced naturally. And low-fat diets are thought as favorable, but they lack the richest food sources of Vitamin A, choline, iron, and zinc.
Did you know that only 25% of accredited US medical schools require a nutrition course? (I did in traditional medicine, but I was required as a naturopath.) So if our doctors aren’t talking about nutrition, who else is?
It’s all about quality over quantity. Ladies, you are NOT eating for two. It is suggested that after your first trimester you need about 300 extra calories per day, which is about an extra snack.
Here’s a list of some great low-carb snacks.
- Nuts: Almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, macadamia nuts, and sunflower seeds
- Beef jerky without MSG (a preservative found in a lot of Chinese foods for flavor, but it is linked to headaches and migraines. Check out www.NoMoMigraine.com for natural relief for both.)
- Plain greek yogurt and some berries
- Guacamole with celery and bell peppers
- Small balsamic salad with pine nuts and goat cheese
- Hard-boiled egg with salt and pepper
- Deviled egg
- Caprese Salad (tomatoes, basil, mozzarella cheese, and balsamic vinegar)
- Olives and dill pickles (who doesn’t like the two when pregnant)
- Kale chips
- Grilled chicken breast with pesto and parmesan
Now let’s get into the meal breakdown. For your convenience we made it in a picture, so you could easily print it out and put on the fridge.
Vegetarian mommies head over to Chapter 3 of "Real Food for Pregnancy" by Lily Nichols to see what alternatives are necessary for healthy eating habits for herbivores.
What causes Braxton hicks?
One of the most common questions moms-to-be asks their health care providers is whether they are in labor. Every pregnant woman experiences pregnancy differently. Contractions that one regards as false may be labor to another. Read on to learn more about Braxton hicks and labor, and how you can tell apart the two.
What are Braxton Hicks?
Braxton hicks, also called false labor pains, are sporadic false contraction of a pregnant woman's uterus in preparation for delivery.
Most women experience Braxton hicks during pregnancy – it is perfectly normal, and you don’t need to worry about them.
What do Braxton hicks feel like?
Braxton hicks are usually mild and may be uncomfortable. Most pregnant women report that they feel mild cramps that occur during menstruation. Braxton hicks contractions cause tightening and hardening of particular parts of your abdomen for about 30 seconds to 2 minutes, then they go away. But, they are painless and do not cause dilatation of the cervix.
When do Braxton hicks start?
Braxton hicks start during the second trimester after 20 weeks. You may experience Braxton hicks even earlier if you have been expectant before. Braxton hicks also tend to be more intense in women who have been pregnant before.
Braxton hicks are more noticeable during your third trimester when they increase from 32 weeks until you get the labor.
Where do you feel Braxton hicks?
Braxton hicks are felt in particular areas of your abdomen. During the Braxton hicks, the muscles at the top of your womb contract and then spread towards the lower part of the uterus.
What cause Braxton hicks?
The exact cause of Braxton's hicks contraction is not well understood. But, the following factors have been linked to triggering the false contractions.
- Having sexual intercourse.
- Being very active, for example, lifting an object.
- Having your baby move in the womb.
- Having a full urinary bladder.
- Inadequate intake of fluid causing dehydration.
- Having an infection that makes you vomit or feel nauseated.
Braxton Hicks Contractions vs Real Contraction
Real contraction occurs at the end of your pregnancy. Usually, it occurs regularly after every ten or more minutes. Real contraction increase in intensity and appears at least six times in one hour. When you start experiencing real labor pains, it means your baby is on the way, and you should take your hospital bag and go to a health facility.
The following are characteristics of real labour:
- The contractions are closer to each other and keep progressing
- The contraction causes labor pains at your abdomen and migrates to your back
- The real contraction causes your cervix to open
- They are associated with the breakage of your water
- Start after you are 37 weeks pregnant
- Each contraction last for a more extended period – from 30 to 70 second
The features of Braxton hicks contractions include:
- Usually painless
- Have an irregular pattern
- Last for a short time and go away – usually last for about 15 to 30 seconds.
- Don’t migrate to the back – occur only in your baby bump.
- They don’t increase in intensity over time, instead, taper off and diminish.
- They don’t cause your cervix to open or break your waters.
- Changing activities and positions can halt the contractions.
How to Stop Braxton Hicks
It is normal to experience Braxton hicks, and you don’t need to do anything about them. However, if they make you feel uncomfortable, try changing position such as lying down, taking a walk, or standing.
Performing breathing exercises and calming down during the false labor can also help you feel comfortable when they strike.
Besides, drinking plenty of water, staying hydrated can help halt Braxton hicks. A full bladder is a known trigger of Braxton kicks, so emptying your bladder will help stop the Braxton hicks.
As a naturopathic physician one of my favorite questions is “Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?” Yes & no so let me explain in today’s blog post!
Everything You Need to Know about Your Belly Button During Pregnancy
Reducing The Stresses for Expecting Parents: Yoga, Herbal Therapy, Aromatherapy, Acupressure and More
Preparing for child birth is a difficult task. The combination of the pressures from preparations before delivering baby and the annoying pregnant symptoms can become nightmare for any couples. Therefore, many couples are seeking multiple different ways to reduce the pregnant symptoms, thus reducing half of the stresses they have to cope with yoga. Learn all the stress relieving moves here.
My job is making me sick
Sick Building Syndrome (multiple chemical sensitivity), also known as “environmental illness,” is characterized as a variety of non-specific symptoms that occur after being exposed to chemical, biologic, or physical agents. Some of the common symptoms include headaches, nausea, dizziness, and pulmonary problems. Most jobs that deal with chemicals that are unventilated are at risk. Do you work in the automobile industry, plumbing, as an undertaker with formaldehyde, pesticides? Or are you a cleaning lady, work at a hookah bar, or even at the cosmetic counter near fragrances? You could be at risk!
The No Mo Nausea Band is a great way to relieving those symptoms because of its combination of acupressure and peppermint aromatherapy. The No Mo Nausea Band is also natural, so there is no worry of adding any more harmful drugs to your system, and fast-acting, so you will get relief instantly! Make sure to have your No Mo Nausea Band by your side when these symptoms come about.
Malaria, silent killer of the swamp!
Malaria is a serious disease that can occur if you are bit by a mosquito that has been infected with parasites. It causes you to have high fevers and chills, and its common symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and headaches.
Preventative measures are the best way to ward off Malaria. Bug spray, citronella, high frequency noise devices that mosquitos stay away from, & nets over the bed during sleep. If you are traveling to a foreign country like Africa, it is important to keep a No Mo Nausea Band in your bag. The No Mo Nausea Band can help instantly relieve all those symptoms through its combination of acupressure and peppermint aromatherapy. In any case though, make sure to seek medical treatment immediately if you feel you might have it because it can lead to worse complications.
Natural ways to avoid Jet Lag
Traveling the world is probably one of the most common things everyone says they would rather do than anything else. Who wouldn’t want to go country to country, visiting, tasting, and exploring sites and foods that you only dream of! Sounds amazing, except for when that little nuisance called, “jet lag,” happens. Jet lag is a temporary disorder that causes fatigue, insomnia, and other symptoms as a result of air travel across time zones. Some of its common symptoms include nausea and headaches.
Lucky for you, their are a few natural remedy must haves. Melatonin is a natural medicinal that has been proven to change sleep patterns. Essential oils like lavender help relax the mind and get restful sleep even in a new place. The No Mo Nausea Band is a quick and easy way to relieving both headache & nausea symptoms. The combination of both acupressure and peppermint aromatherapy within the wristband targets anti-nausea receptors within the brain to stop nausea instantly, and opens up vessels to relieve headaches. Don't let jet lag ruin your journey! Make sure to have your No Mo Nausea Band in your bag!