Morning sickness is one of the first signs of pregnancy and more than 50 percent of pregnant women go through this. As the American Pregnancy Association puts it, morning sickness refers to the nauseous feeling you may have during the first trimester of pregnancy. While it may sound bad, many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well. Besides that, it is not harmful to you and your baby.
Here are 5 things you really need to know about morning sickness:
1. It happens at any time of the day
Sorry to break it to you, but morning sickness can occur any time of the day (or even last all day)! However, many pregnant women seem to feel nauseous in the AM than other times of the day.
2. It’s only temporary
While morning sickness can start as early as 2 weeks after conception, it generally begins around 6 or 8 weeks after the last period. The good news is, it’s not going to last the whole pregnancy. According to Pregnant Help, it usually subsides around the 12th week. But it may last for a longer period of time for a small percentage of women.
3. There’s no exact explanation to why it occurs
Although there is no exact scientific explanation to why morning sickness happens, it’s believed to be a result of rapid hormone changes (i.e. progesterone, oestrogen), or lower blood sugar in early pregnancy. Moreover, a heightened sense of smell in expecting mothers may also be a factor as various odors may cause nausea.
4. Some foods can help relief morning sickness
Okay, hear us out. There’s no cure to morning sickness, but certain foods have can help minimize it. For instance, crackers, lemons, dark chocolate, whole grains, sweet potatoes, bananas, and ginger. Furthermore, it’s best to avoid spicy or greasy food.
5. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is really, really rare
In case you didn’t know, hyperemesis gravidarum is a pregnancy complication that is characterized by severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and possibly dehydration. But as Mom.me explains, it’s extremely rare and less than 2 percent of expectant mothers have it. It can be harmful to you and your baby, so be sure to consult your doctor if you experience excessive vomiting.