Morning sickness in pregnancy is pretty common. In many cases, it is the first sign of pregnancy that a female notices. Morning sickness or nausea usually starts around the 6th week of pregnancy, which is around 2 weeks after a missed period.
Can you get morning sickness earlier?
As it is a common early pregnancy symptom and most females start around 6 weeks, it is often the first indicator to many females that they might be pregnant. Some females begin to experience nausea earlier in the pregnancy, some feel queasy as early as 2 or 3 weeks after conception.
This does not mean you will necessarily have nausea all day. As a matter of fact, 1 in 3 females feel just the sensation of nausea without really being sick and this often lasts a short while, not all day, and definitely not just in the morning.
From as early as 2 weeks of pregnancy, a female could find certain smells that may make her feel sick. Unusual food aversions or cravings in pregnancy are a common concern of many females.
What causes early morning sickness?
Morning sickness occurs due to high levels of hCG in the female. Morning sickness is a sign that the levels of pregnancy hormones in the female’s body are high enough, as they should be at that point in the pregnancy.
During pregnancy, the female body produces high amounts of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and estrogen. The pregnant female’s body will carry on producing high levels of these hormones until the placenta has developed enough to nourish the baby.
To help cope with morning sickness, you should drink water little-by-little and avoid dehydration. Eating in small portions also helps prevent morning sickness.
Is severe morning sickness something to worry about?
Morning sickness lasts till week 12 – 15 of pregnancy. Although, some females have more severe morning sickness all through their pregnancy. If the morning sickness and nausea get so severe that it is preventing you from eating or drinking at any point of pregnancy, you might be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum. So, if your morning sickness gets severe or worsens drastically, be sure to consult a doctor.
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Can early morning sickness be hereditary?
It is slightly possible that daughters to mothers who had severe morning sickness in their pregnancy may suffer from the same. But, generally no pregnancy is the same. At times, moms who suffered the first time round may not have morning sickness at all in another pregnancy and vice-versa. You cannot make a sure guess on that.
How to cope with morning sickness?
Morning sickness is totally a normal part of a healthy pregnancy. But, we all admit it can be highly discomforting and annoying at times. Here are some tips and home-treatments you can try to help get some relief from morning sickness-
- Eat small and frequent meals
- Add plenty of protein and carbs in your diet
- Avoid heavy, greasy foods
- Drink ginger tea ,lemonade or peppermint tea or diffuse some pure peppermint essential oil.
- Consider an appointment for acupuncture or acupressure.
- Drink plenty of fluid (but in small sips) throughout the day.
- Avoid strong smells and food aversions whenever possible.
- Eat foods (like a sandwich, salad, or fruit smoothie) that you do not have to cook
- Avoid getting over-exhausted or overheated.
- Indulge in light exercise such as walking, stretching or prenatal yoga.
- Get extra rest when you feel tired.
If you feel these home remedies are not helping to keep the morning sickness to tolerable levels, call your doctor. Your doctor may prescribe you a vitamin B6 supplement or an anti-nausea drug which is safe to take during pregnancy.
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