The benefits of DHA & EPA on your baby’s development

Abstract: Around half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness. It is an uncomfortable, but normal part of pregnancy. You may be lucky and only experience mild symptoms, or the condition may progress to severe nausea and vomiting.

Morning sickness may start a few weeks after falling pregnant and is more likely to affect women with poor nutrition. There are ways however, that can help you through this difficult time.


Do you feel repulsed by the smell or taste of certain foods recently? If the answer is yes, you may be experiencing morning sickness, a common complaint during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time of excitement as you and your partner prepare for the hope and promises of parenthood. As a new life develops, you may experience some complaints or discomforts as your body adjusts to your growing baby. Coping with morning sickness is a big challenge for a new mum, especially during the early part of pregnancy.

Around half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness [1-3], so you are not alone. It is no doubt an uncomfortable, but normal part of pregnancy. You may be lucky and only experience excessive salivation, and tiredness; or you may experience nausea and vomiting [2]. In spite of its name, morning sickness can occur at any time. It is usually more severe in the morning when your stomach is empty, and when you are tired. It may start a few weeks after falling pregnant, and go away at the end of the first trimester of pregnancy. For some women however, morning sickness can be experienced throughout the pregnancy.

Morning sickness can disrupt your daily routine [4,5]. Unless your morning sickness is extremely serious*, you can rest assured that it will not affect your baby’s growth [6]. The good news is that there are many ways you can try to ease your discomfort, such as:

  • Keep snacks by your bed and eat before you get up in the morning
  • Eat small, frequent meals
  • Stay way from foods that may make you feel ill like fatty or spicy food
  • Make sure you drink enough water and other drinks
  • Rest as much as possible
  • Eat ginger (drink ginger tea, eat crystallized ginger or ginger biscuits)

What causes morning sickness? Doctors are not sure, but many think it is due to hormonal changes in your body. The nausea and vomiting may be nature’s way of protecting your baby from potentially harmful substances during a critical stage of your baby’s development. Morning sickness can be a good thing. Women who experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester have a lower risk of miscarriage, or of giving birth to a baby that is premature, low in weight or stillborn [1].

Morning sickness is more likely to affect women with poor nutrition [7]. Your need for all vitamins and minerals, in particular vitamins B6 and B12, folic acid, iron, and zinc increase during pregnancy. Try to regularly eat:

  • Wholemeal bread, seeds, nuts, dairy products, and white fish for vitamins B6 and B12
  • Green leafy vegetables, peas and beans for folic acid
  • Poultry, lean meat, apricots, and broccoli for good sources of iron and zinc

Supplements are also a convenient source of nutrients if you are vegetarian or cannot get enough nutrients from your diet alone. Supplements are also effective in reducing the symptoms of morning sickness [8]. This explains why some expectant mothers who take PM Procare experienced a reduction in their morning sickness. PM Procare is a supplement specifically formulated to meet your increasing nutritional demands before, during, and after pregnancy.  Supplied in an easy to take capsule, PM Procare contains high grade fish oil (extracted from tuna in the clean South Pacific oceans); minerals like iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc; and vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D3, E, folic acid, and beta-carotenes (used by your body to produce vitamin A).  These nutrients will help your baby to develop normally, and will help you, the mum, to remain physically and mentally healthy to look after your precious baby.

PM Procare is manufactured in Australia by PharmaMetics according to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) guidelines, and is listed with the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), one of the most strict health authorities in the world. The raw ingredients and the final product are analysed in TGA-accredited laboratories to ensure that PM Procare meets strict quality standards. This means that the quality of PM Procare is second to none, and free of contaminants and impurities that can be potentially harmful to you and your baby.

*If you experience continuing nausea with vomiting several times a day, and show signs of dehydration (rapid pulse, bad breath, passing little urine, and a furry tongue), you may be suffering from a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum [7,9]. This is a very serious form of morning sickness, and you must seek help from a healthcare professional immediately.

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