Morning sickness is the most dreaded phase for pregnant women.
But how long does morning sickness last? And more importantly, when does morning sickness start? Although everyones experience is purely subjective, it normally starts around the 6th week of pregnancy and last until the 14th.
While some lucky women experience these glorious 9 months without any signs of morning sickness, the others face nausea, vomiting or both. The occurrence of this morning sickness can range from mild to severe.
For many women, it is the first definitive sign of pregnancy, besides that ‘below the belt’ test. Although it may not be a 100% true test; you might just have food poisoning from that pizza you ate last night.
But what exactly is morning sickness? What are the symptoms, causes and why does it differ from woman to woman? Let’s try and understand morning sickness inside out.
Morning sickness suggests the groggy feeling you have as soon as you get out of the bed. Although the name morning sickness may give you the impression that it is confined to daytime only, it can actually trigger anytime of the day. The intensity could be more when you are empty stomach in the morning.
Women experience nausea, vomiting, irritation and stomach cramps during this time. Those who don’t undergo any such symptoms in the first trimester usually experience a nausea-free pregnancy overall.
According to Babe Centre, however miserable it may make you feel, morning sickness is actually a good omen. It assures that your pregnancy hormones are adequate. The two essential hormones- hCG and Oestrogen, are mostly responsible for this condition. They are produced in large quantities, especially in the initial stages, to take care of the foetus. The process continues until around the mid of second trimester, when the placenta grows firm enough to nourish the baby.
Symptoms of Morning Sickness
The doctors denote morning sickness as NVP, Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy. The queasy feeling that you get in your stomach right after you miss a period can ensure your pregnancy.
As mentioned earlier, morning sickness can occur anytime of the day, from early morning to late night. It may ignite from certain foods and smells, as the senses are more active during pregnancy. Also, women who are more susceptible to travel sickness or nausea have greater chances of morning pregnancy.
Other than that, women with lesser stamina face more fatigue and exhaustion during pregnancy. They have to perform their routine tasks while carrying the additional weight on their body. So often, they may undergo nausea out of sheer tiredness.
Severe Morning Sickness
Would-be-moms who experience severe morning sickness suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Excess of Human Chorionic Goandotopin Hormone (HCG) in the pregnant woman is responsible for this entire wrath. This hormone starts to build as soon as the embryo attaches itself to the womb.
Here, you aren’t able to digest anything; whatever you eat, you vomit it out. It could be severe to the extent that you could get dehydrated and even hospitalized. Moreover, women with multiple foetuses are more susceptible to sever morning sickness, since the production of HCG is more in them.
Women who face such extreme morning sickness must consult their gynaecologist immediately. While it’s important to stay hydrated and eat healthy during pregnancy, vomiting after every intake makes you feel staying hungry instead. But that could have consequences.
Absence of Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is really a dilemma for pregnant women. The ones who have it crib over the discomfort. And the ones who don’t, crave to have some to actually feel pregnant.
While it’s silly to think that no morning sickness means some malfunctioning in pregnancy. There’s no need to panic if you aren’t vomiting, feeling uneasy, or face muscular cramps.
As a matter of fact, only about 50% women experience morning sickness. In these too, 30% lucky ones experience only nausea, sans the vomits.
If you still are unsure, consult your doctor. Absence of morning sickness is as normal as its presence. You might as well enjoy this happy phase of your life.
Well that’s a trick question. Although, morning sickness is just one of the pregnancy symptoms and not a serious condition, it may get worse with excessive vomiting and dehydration. The mom-to-be may face electrolyte imbalance and intense weakness due to such an intense loss of fluids.
There are many medications available in the market to curb the nausea and vomiting. However, there effects are purely subjective. Besides you can try your hand at a few home remedies before getting onto any medicine.
You can instead, take care of a few pointers to curb nausea as much as possible:
Keep light snacks on your bed-side, so that you can have some as soon as you get up in the morning. Your nausea may seem at ease if your hungry stomach gets some salt in the morning. You can go for saltine crackers, toasts, etc.
Sipping in warm, ginger tea also relaxes your tensed muscles and makes you feel good. You can have it multiple times in a day. But make sure you don’t overdo it. Ginger can give you gas if taken in excess.
Avoid junk and oily foods. They are difficult to digest and anyway, not healthy for the baby. Besides giving you morning sickness, junk foods are responsible for heart burn, stomach ache and allergies. Go for leafy greens, fibrous fruits and veggies instead. These will help you stave off nausea by keeping your digestive tract clean. Besides providing adequate nutrition to the baby.
Prefer home-made food to avoid any foul smell outside. As often noticed, the senses of pregnant women are stronger than ever. They could cringe their nose even to a perfume (pun intended)! Especially on going out of the house, the odds of getting any nasty smell are much higher. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Peppermint is a great soother for an uneasy stomach. Its stark scent acts as a pacifier for the senses. So if your nose likes the scent, use in everywhere you can. Get peppermint soap, sip some peppermint tea, and keep a peppermint gum beside you whenever you feel nauseous.
Take frequent naps in the daytime to rest your body as much as needed. Scientifically proven, you mind is at peace and your smelling senses don’t work while sleeping. Be in your happy place by taking short power naps whenever you feel fatigued.
Drink loads of water and other liquids. You may not feel comfortable having them, for the fear of vomit. But it’s essential to keep the fluids levelled in your system. Keep the chances of dehydration at bay by having juices, lemonade, shakes and smoothies- anything goes!
Stay away from strong smelled foods like onion, garlic, etc. Besides these, stay alert of the smells that may actually invigorate your nausea. For instance, many women I know are averse to the smell of dairy products in their pregnancy. However fresh these products might be, they still made them puckish.
If nothing works, seek your doctor’s or midwife’s advice and get yourself a suitable medication. There are thousands to anti-nausea drugs stocked in the pharmacy racks. Buy the one that’s suitable during pregnancy.
Morning Sickness in the subsequent Pregnancy
You were really sick in the first pregnancy. This doesn’t mean your morning sickness is confirmed in the second one too. Inversely, you had a happy pregnancy the first time, while the second issue quite honestly, tested your guts!
The new pregnancy may bring entirely new experiences for you. The results are glorious nevertheless, but the journey may or may not be as delightful.
There are many testimonials of women online that claim to have undergone entirely different experiences while pregnant. While the ones who were sick as a dog in their first gravidity, were healthy as a horse in the second one. So the odds of morning sickness are highly unpredictable even in the same woman.
So when does morning sickness start? While morning sickness is the inevitable truth during pregnancy, you could be one lucky exception to it. But in case you aren’t, make sure you are strong-headed enough to embrace it.
Willpower plays a potent role during pregnancy. If you imbibe the attitude of acceptance, morning sickness may no longer trouble you. Just calm yourself when you think the wave has come; breathe slowly and deeply; inhale a nice scent and give it time to subside.
Other than that, surround yourself with your favourite scents. One of my friends used to smell soap literally all the time to fight the urge to vomit. She said that particular aloe vera soap calmed here down.
So find your ‘soap’ and deal with morning sickness upfront. In the end, it’s all gonna be worth it! I hope you’ve learned everything you need to know about morning sickness and about when morning sickness ends so you can feel more comfortable during your pregnancy.