Among the many joys of pregnancy is morning sickness! For starters, I'd like to say that morning sickness is only a phrase. People say or use this to explain the feelings of nausea and vomiting felt during pregnancy.
The truth is that it doesn't just happen in the morning but can strike at any time of the day. You should visit a best care OB/GYN from the start of your pregnancy.
Some women are lucky, and they only experience sickness symptoms in the morning, and then carry on with the rest of their day. Then there are others who will have to fight this terrible feeling all day long. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind being pregnant, but I have the burning question to ask. Just how long will this morning sickness last?
It's not good news – there is no way of telling how long it will last. On average, a woman first experiences symptoms of morning sickness 6 weeks after conception. The symptoms will gradually subside until they are no longer a concern after 14 weeks.
The bad news is, not every woman will fall under this category, because we are all different. Some women will start having morning sickness as soon as 4 weeks after conception, and then there's no telling when it will stop. After the average of 14 weeks, some women may get an extra 4 weeks of morning sickness after which the symptoms disappear. The rest may experience morning sickness even longer. A few may have the symptoms throughout the pregnancy, although this does not happen often.
If you think you're lucky that you don't get symptoms anymore after 14 weeks, think again. Morning sickness can still strike randomly and without warning months into the pregnancy. You can talk to your best care OB/GYN about your sickness for assistance with some of the aspects.
Now that I've really put a damper on pregnancy with this whole morning sickness business, maybe I should offer some words of encouragement – it's all worth it.
There is never going to be a better feeling than when you finally hold your baby in your arms, even more so after enduring this period of morning sickness. Perhaps knowing exactly what causes it might even help you understand what's going on with your body.
What causes morning sickness? Unfortunately, there isn't a single cause of morning sickness that can be pointed out and treated, but rather a collection of changes that occur during pregnancy.
The 2 most influential hormones in creating morning sickness are oestrogen and hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which are in full supply during pregnancy.
Increased sensitivity to smell
You know how you throw up when you smell something awful? It turns out this could be a contributing factor. Your sense of smell will become heightened while you're pregnant, and every little foul smell will upset your stomach.
Some women are psychologically predisposed to have nausea and vomiting as a response to a stressful situation. Being pregnant at the same time just makes you feel even more nauseous causing you to vomit frequently. Talk to your best care OB/GYN to find out what you can take during pregnancy to assist with stress.
Some women have a so-called sensitive stomach, meaning that their gastrointestinal tract is more sensitive to the early changes during pregnancy. It has also been estimated that women with Helicobacter pylori will have more morning sickness when compared to women without this stomach bacterium. Your best care OB/GYN will be able to give you some advice or medication to try and control your morning sickness.
Why is morning sickness more severe in some women?
For those women who are having a harder time with morning sickness, here's probably why:
• You're carrying a girl
• You're carrying twins
• It's genetic
• It's your second pregnancy and you experienced a lot of nausea in your first pregnancy.
Will morning sickness affect the baby?
In general, moderate nausea and occasional vomiting won't affect the health of your baby and its development. It is also normal not to gain weight in the first trimester and even though you are pregnant. As long as you keep yourself hydrated and try to eat something during the day, your appetite will return soon and the morning sickness will end.
If nausea and vomiting keeps you from eating a balanced diet, you should start using prenatal vitamins to make sure that your baby is getting all the necessary nutrients. Consult your best care OB/GYN to get the correct supplements you need.
In cases of severe and prolonged nausea and vomiting, there is always the risk of preterm labour, low birth weight, and even delivering a baby with a small gestational age.