Understanding and managing morning sickness
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Pregnancy and morning sickness go hand-in-hand. Approximately three quarters of pregnant women experience symptoms during the first trimester, half get nausea and vomiting and one quarter get nausea alone. If you are one of the 25% of women who don’t get morning sickness, lucky you! The good news is that most women stop feeling the effects at around 14 weeks.
The term “morning sickness” is misleading, because it can last all day, but the most severe symptoms tend to occur in the morning and ease as the day progresses.
Morning sickness is caused by the changes that are occurring in your body during pregnancy. According to BabyCenter, some of the possible causes include:
You are more likely to experience the symptoms of morning sickness if you are pregnant with twins, had morning sickness during previous pregnancies or are prone to motion sickness.
Not to worry, though, because morning sickness will not hurt your baby.
Every woman is different, so the triggers of morning sickness will vary. It’s important to pay attention to what triggers your symptoms, so you know what to avoid. Here are some ways you can get relief from morning sickness:
These are only some of the possible ways to manage morning sickness. The key is to find out what works for you.
As a last resort, if you are unable to overcome the effects of morning sickness, anti-nausea medication may be an option. Talk to your doctor or midwife about your treatment options before taking anything.