Facts about Morning Sickness during Pregnancy

Fifty percent of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester. It usually starts around the sixth week of pregnancy and can get worse over the next month or so. For most women, these symptoms commonly called “morning sickness” disappear by the end of the first trimester. But there are some women who might experience them even past the first trimester. They can even worsen and prevent the pregnant woman from eating or drinking, but this is a rare condition.

So what are the causes of morning sickness that every pregnant woman dreads? Well, it’s believed that they are caused by the rapid rise of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and Estrogen during pregnancy. Thus, morning sickness is a natural reaction of your body to having high levels of such hormones in the blood.

Also, during pregnancy, many women find that their sense of smell and sensitivity to odor increase and that in itself can trigger nausea or vomiting. Lacking certain vitamins such as vitamin B6 is also considered one of the factors that might cause morning sickness. This is why many pregnant women might feel some relief once they start taking vitamin B6 although scientific research has found no significant differences between vitamin B levels in women with morning sickness and women without it.

As to which category of women are likely to experience morning sickness, well it seems that genetic predisposition contributes to a higher probability for a woman to have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Meaning that if your mother had it while she was pregnant with you or you siblings, then you are likely to have it too. You might also have it if you already experienced it in previous pregnancies or if you are pregnant with twins or more. In addition, scientific research has shown that if a woman has a history of nausea and vomiting as a side effect from taking a birth control pill, then she is likely to experience morning sickness during her pregnancy. Moreover, one study found that women who experience severe nausea and vomiting are fifty percent more likely to be carrying a girl!

Having said that, it is important to note that there exists some simple measures that you can take to ease your morning sickness. First of all, try to eat small frequent meals during the day so that your stomach is never empty. Snack on crackers, salty crackers that is because they can ease nausea. This is especially helpful when you experience nausea in the middle of the night or when you wake up in the morning. Also try to stay away from spicy, acidic and fried foods that will only irritate your digestive system. Last but not least, try to stay hydrated throughout the day. Choose fluids that do not contain a lot of sugar. Pure organic juices are the best because not only do they help you stay hydrated, but they will also provide your body with the necessary vitamins and nutrients. Some women might find relief by drinking ginger-ale soda while others might just thrive on cold water!

Bottom line: eat and drink whatever appeals to you during this part of the pregnancy and don’t worry if your diet does not fall into a balanced one. You can start a healthy diet later on, hopefully at the end of the first trimester or so. Keep your fingers crossed and hope for the best!