Pregnancy comes with a whole load of different symptoms that can affect you in many ways throughout the nine months.
The early stages of pregnancy can be an exciting but difficult time as your body goes through a number of physical and emotional changes.
While you experience various symptoms in the first trimester, morning sickness or vomiting is one of the most obvious and common symptoms of pregnancy.
Here’s everything you need to know about ‘morning sickness’, including when it’s likely to start and end during pregnancy and what causes it.\
What is ‘morning sickness’?
‘Morning sickness’ is a nauseous feeling, sometimes accompanied by vomiting. It is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, usually appearing a few weeks after a positive pregnancy test.
The name ‘morning sickness’ comes from the fact that women often feel nauseous on an empty stomach, which is most noticeable in the morning when you wake up after not eating all night.
But don’t be fooled by the name, because they can happen at any time of the day, and it’s perfectly normal for women to experience them throughout the day at times.
Symptoms of morning sickness range from mild discomfort to intense nausea and vomiting. The symptom often appears on its own, but it can also be triggered by certain foods, smells, heat and stress.
However, if you do not experience morning sickness during pregnancy, this is also completely normal. Every pregnancy is unique and no two women experience it the same way.
Three out of 10 pregnant women do not experience vomiting, so it is not rare or worrying if you are pregnant but do not experience this symptom.
When does ‘morning sickness’ start?
Pregnant women usually start feeling nauseous sometime around the sixth week of pregnancy, usually two weeks after the first missed period.
The symptom can appear gradually or sometimes it can happen overnight.
When does ‘morning sickness’ end?
‘Morning sickness’ usually peaks between eight and 11 weeks of pregnancy and begins to fade towards the end of the first trimester.
Some women may experience nausea even in the second or third trimester of pregnancy.
If your ‘morning sickness’ lasts beyond the first trimester, it may be because you are more sensitive to the effects of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy.
What causes ‘morning sickness’ and is it harmful to the baby?
The exact cause of ‘morning sickness’ is not fully understood, however many doctors believe it occurs due to hormonal changes during pregnancy.
The pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is at its highest at the same time that morning sickness is most severe. Increased estrogen and progesterone hormones can also make digestion more difficult.
If you’re wondering if nausea, vomiting and loss of appetite due to ‘morning sickness’ are bad for your baby – rest assured. As long as you are able to eat something and stay hydrated, your baby will be able to get all the nutrients he needs to stay healthy.