When Does Morning Sickness Start? Plus, How to Manage It
Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms that many women experience during the early stages of their pregnancy. Now that you have taken your home pregnancy test and found that you are pregnant, you might start thinking about the impending dreaded morning sickness.
In this post, we will try to answer all your questions regarding morning sickness. Please keep reading to understand what morning sickness is, when you should expect to experience it, and how long it will last.
What is morning sickness?
The feeling of nausea and vomiting that pregnant women experience during the early stages of their pregnancy is called morning sickness. It is not necessary to experience both nausea and vomiting. Many women experience the feeling of nausea and not vomiting at all.
Nausea and vomiting can strike round the clock, contrary to its name. As many as 94% of pregnant women report feeling morning sickness during some stage of their pregnancy. It is so common that it is considered an early sign of pregnancy. It is quite common for women to feel sick before they take a pregnancy test at home.
When Does Morning Sickness Start & end?
Nauseous is experienced by most women around the 6th week of pregnancy. If you have tracked your cycle, you will see that you start feeling nauseous around the four-week mark post ovulation. Hence, many women experience morning sickness before they have a chance to take a home pregnancy test.
That said, plenty of women don’t experience any nausea or vomiting during the first six weeks. You can get a feeling of nausea and vomiting anytime during the first trimester.
For most women ends around the 14-week mark, which coincides with the end of the first trimester. That said, some women might experience nausea for quite a long time, even in their second trimester as well.
Causes Of Nausea And Vomiting
Although the exact scientific reason for morning sickness is unknown in the medical field, certain reasons seem to be prominently accepted. One of the reasons given is a steady rise in hormonal levels.
Three pregnancy hormones- progesterone, hCG, and estrogen are responsible for additional symptoms of early pregnancy, including-
- Mood swings
- Tenderness of the breast and nipple
- Increased frequency of urination
Again, these symptoms might not be present in every woman, and their intensity can vary greatly among pregnant women.
There is some scientific evidence suggesting that morning sickness can reduce the chance of termination of pregnancy. Medical studies indicate that women who experience morning sickness are up to 3 times less likely to miscarry than women who don’t share it.
How bad can morning sickness get?
Nausea and vomiting in most women are mild to moderate. However, in some cases, extreme nausea has also been reported. When the morning sickness is severe, it is called hyperemesis gravidarum and affects around 0.3-2% of pregnancies. The signs of severe morning sickness include-
- Severe nausea
- Weight loss
Your doctor might prescribe an anti-emetic medication to control nausea and vomiting like Zofran. If the dehydration is severe, intravenous rehydration might be warranted as well. Vitamins such as B1, Folic acid, and B6 might also help in such cases.
Tips For Relieving Morning Sickness
Let’s make one thing very clear: no magic medicine takes away nausea and vomiting feeling. However, many tried and tested home remedies have given good results for millions of women worldwide. Try to use some of them and see which one helps the most and stick to them.
- Ginger root
- Vitamin B6 and doxylamine tablets have successfully treated morning sickness in as many as 70% of women in one clinical study.
- Eat small meals and avoid a ton of spices.
If you think you can’t handle nausea and vomiting, don’t hesitate to talk to your OBGYN.
Are You Still Trying To Conceive?
If you are TTC, you might be eager to experience these symptoms, including nausea and vomiting. It is difficult to patiently wait to hear the news that you are finally pregnant.
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