What does morning sickness feel like? When does it start?

Morning sickness usually begins by the 9th week after conception. The nausea can occur any time of day, not just in the morning. It may be triggered or worsened by certain odors or foods, or there may be no specific triggers. Most women experience relief in their second trimester, but for some women, nausea and vomiting persists throughout the pregnancy.

What causes morning sickness?

Morning sickness is likely caused by the changes in hormone level that take place in a woman’s body in early pregnancy. It is more likely to occur if you have had morning sickness with a previous pregnancy, in multiple gestations like twins or triplets, and if you tend to develop nausea from migraines, birth control pills, or motion sickness.

What helps relieve symptoms of morning sickness?

There are a number of ways to relieve morning sickness, including diet and lifestyle changes as well as medications to control nausea in severe cases. Certain antihistamines are safe to use in pregnancy and have been shown to help relieve nausea and vomiting.

Common Causes of Pregnancy Discomforts

Causes of pregnancy discomforts include:

  1. Morning sickness (nausea and vomiting)
  2. Constipation
  3. Skin color changes (mask of pregnancy)
  4. Frequent urination
  5. Migraines
  6. Nasal congestion

What are natural home remedies for morning sickness?

Natural or home remedies for morning sickness include eating smaller portions more frequently throughout the day, avoiding foods that trigger or worsen the condition, and sipping ginger ale. It can also help to avoid foods that produce gas, greasy or fatty foods, and spicy foods. Aromatherapy with the smell of citrus fruit or mint may produce some relief. Other tips for relief include sucking on hard candies or nibbling crackers or pretzels. Further, some women find that regular exercise helps control morning sickness and other mild discomforts of early pregnancy.

What drinks and foods cause morning sickness?

The experience of morning sickness is different for every woman, so not all women will be triggered by the same foods. In general though, spicy, greasy, or fatty foods, as well as foods with strong aromas, are more likely to provoke morning sickness.

What drinks and food help relieve morning sickness symptoms?

As with foods that cause morning sickness, foods that provide relief vary among women. A food that helps one woman may worsen nausea in another. Ginger is one food that many women find helpful, so sipping ginger ale can often help relieve symptoms.


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When does morning sickness end?

Morning sickness ends for most women in the second trimester. When nausea and vomiting are severe and causes dehydration, a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum may be present. This is a more severe condition in which a woman runs the risk of becoming severely dehydrated or loses over 5% of her pre-pregnancy weight. Hyperemesis gravidarum may require hospitalization and may be treated with intravenous (IV) fluids and medications.

When should you call a doctor for morning sickness?

You should always call a doctor if the nausea and vomiting is so severe that you are becoming dehydrated. Signs of dehydration include becoming dizzy or faint when you stand up, passing a small amount of dark urine, and a racing heart. Call your healthcare provider if you cannot keep liquids down or if you are having any symptoms that concern you.

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Ways to relieve morning sickness. American Pregnancy Association. Updated: <https://americanpregnancy.org/womens-health/morning-sickness-relief/>