- August 28, 2020
More than 70% of all women report morning sickness at some point during their pregnancy.
Along with lack of energy, morning sickness is the most common and uncomfortable pregnancy ailment.
Mild nausea and vomiting are common during the first trimester of pregnancy. Don’t let the name fool you, nausea doesn’t necessarily happen only in the morning (why don’t they change the name to “all day, every day sickness” you may ask?). Thus, you may feel nausea at any time of the day, especially when your stomach is empty. Consequently, you may find that you have an overly sensitive sense of smell and are more susceptible to odors during pregnancy. Some previously normal odors may instantly trigger your gag reflex. Usually, symptoms go away between 12-16 weeks of pregnancy.
While 80% of women will see there morning sickness go away after the first trimester, a bout 20% will unfortunately continue to experience nausea and vomiting throughout the entire pregnancy (sorry!).
Most noteworthy is that experts are unsure as to why some women develop nausea while others do not. But the overwhelming opinion is that nausea may be related to the increased levels of hormones released during pregnancy. It may continue until the body has adjusted itself to the new level of hormones in the body during pregnancy. As a result, there are certain things you should do to help manage the symptoms discussed.
Severe nausea and vomiting can be a symptom of hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive vomiting in pregnancy). If your vomiting is severe, your health care provider will do lab tests on your blood and urine to check for medical conditions. Your health care provider may also prescribe medication to help alleviate severe symptoms.
Consult your healthcare provider prior to taking any medication while pregnant or nursing.
Always follow the directions on the package
*No medication is considered 100% safe during pregnancy and nursing