Morning sickness tips

OBGYN Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains what causes morning sickness and what the best remedies are for stopping morning sickness
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Morning sickness tips

Morning sickness in pregnancy is caused by the rapid rise in hormones during the first trimester. Specifically, HCG and estrogen. Patients that are prone to nausea are patients that have a rapid rise in this. Patients, such as those with twins. If you have a sensitivity to birth control pills, or if you have a strong sense of smell that has changed with pregnancy, this could initiate a gag reflex. Also, some theories are that if you are carrying a girl, you can have more morning sickness than if you are carrying a boy. The treatment of morning sickness is fairly straight forward. You want to have small, frequent meals. Never keep your stomach empty. Have saltine crackers at your bedside. Have a bland diet. We call it the BRAT diet; bananas, rice, apple sauce, tea, and toast. Avoid fatty foods and drink lots of fluid, but in small sips. Ginger and ginger capsules are fantastic. Also try natural treatments such as acupuncture or the acupuncture bracelets that are available online. Finally, you may need medication. Vitamin B-6 and Unisom are safe to take while you are pregnant, and discuss the doses with your physician. Sofran or other anti-nausea medications are also available and these are safe to take. It is important that you hydrate yourself, you gain weight, and you get some relief from your symptoms.

OBGYN Shamsah Amersi, MD, explains what causes morning sickness and what the best remedies are for stopping morning sickness


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Shamsah Amersi, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Shamsah Amersi, MD is a preeminent Board Certified physician in Obstetrics and Gynecology. She received her undergraduate degree in psychobiology from UCLA, where she graduated summa cum laude, with Phi Beta Kappa membership. At the prestigious, UC San Francisco medical school, Dr. Amersi graduated with top honors, and was recognized as a distinguished member of alpha omega alpha, an honor society for the top 5% of all medical doctors.

Dr. Amersi has received numerous professional and academic awards, including the University of California Distinguished Scholar Award for four consecutive years, an endowed merit scholarship, and the UCLA Alumni Association Achievement Award for four consecutive years. Through her private practice in Santa Monica, CA, Dr. Amersi is the personal physician to several Hollywood A-list celebrities. Dr. Amersi has been in private practice as an obstetrician/gynecologist for over ten years. She specializes in natural child birth, offers VBACs to her patients, and focuses on natural conservative treatment options, minimally invasive surgery, and bioidentical hormone replacement. Her favorite part of her job is delivering babies and sharing this intimate journey with her patients. She provides comprehensive compassionate care for all phases of a woman's life from adolescence through menopause.  Her special interest in female sexuality, libido and the effects of childbirth on pelvic prolapse has led to Dr. Amersi's renowned expertise in these fields. She performs both surgical and nonsurgical treatments for pelvic prolapse and vaginal relaxation.


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