Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
For many women, morning sickness and pregnancy go hand-in-hand. In fact, morning
sickness is one of the first signs of pregnancy. For some women, morning sickness
may be the only pregnancy symptoms they experience in the beginning. How likely
are you to be affected by morning sickness? Well, the chances are pretty good:
between 50 and 80% of all pregnant women will experience some level of morning
sickness during their pregnancy.
When Does Morning Sickness Begin?
So, just how long does morning sickness last? The peak morning sickness weeks
are during your first trimester. Usually, morning sickness will start between
the fourth and sixth week of pregnancy and, unfortunately, will continue for
most of your first trimester. While some women are lucky enough to have their
morning sickness subside as early as the 12th week, generally, morning sickness
stops between the 14th and 16th week of pregnancy.
For a few women, though, their morning sickness peak will not occur around
the beginning of the second trimester. Severe morning sickness, officially known
as Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), is rare but does happen. If you have extreme
morning sickness, you may need to be hospitalized. HG can lead to dehydration,
weight loss and vitamin deficiency. However, research has not found severe morning
sickness to cause any harm to a baby. Regardless, if you are vomiting frequently
and/or you notice you are losing weight, speak with your health care provider
about what you should do. You may also want to try Morning
Well CD's which have been shown to be very effective in helping combat
the symptoms of morning sickness.
Not Just Early Morning Sickness
The name “morning sickness” is somewhat deceptive. The actual definition
of morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting many pregnant women experience
in the first trimester. However, very few women experience this pregnancy symptom
exclusively in the morning. Much to their chagrin, most pregnant women have
to deal with morning sickness all day long.
At the other end of the scale, there are some women who never have to deal
with the discomfort that nausea and vomiting bring with them. Between 10 and
20% of women have a pregnancy and no morning sickness at all. Although some
may worry that there is something wrong with their pregnancy without it, a lack
of morning sickness is not always a bad thing. So, if you are one of these women,
be happy you don’t have to deal with the queasiness that plagues so many
women during pregnancy.
Morning sickness can also vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. Having no morning
sickness in one pregnancy does not guarantee that you won’t have any signs
of morning sickness in future pregnancies and vice versa. Every pregnancy is
an adventure, so sit back and enjoy the ride!