Morning sickness is often the first sign of pregnancy. It can start as early as 2 weeks after conception. Despite the name, you can actually feel ill at any time of the day. Of course, it will be different for every expecting mom. Most will feel it to some degree but it varies from a feeling of mild nausea or queasiness ranging up to truly dreadful and unable to keep any food or liquids down. The severity of the effects seems to be greatest in women with a history of migraines or travel sickness.
Morning sickness can occur over the full range of your pregnancy, but most women find that it fades away around 14 weeks as hormone levels in the body stabilize.
It’s not exactly known what causes morning sickness, but most doctors agree that the changes in hormone levels triggered by pregnancy are a major factor. One of the effects of these hormones is to change the way your digestive system works, which can lead to higher levels of acid. Another possible cause is that many women experience a heightened sense of taste and smell while pregnant, which can make nausea feel worse when disagreeing or strong odors are around. A trigger for morning sickness especially in the morning is an empty stomach.
- Fresh crushed ginger in warm water or organic tea with ginger can help calm the stomach.
- Sucking on an ice cube or drinking fizzy drinks can help.
- Remedies that you take if you have travel sickness may also work for morning sickness. Of course, consult your doctor before taking medications while pregnant.
- Keep a couple biscuits or small snacks near your bed if you’re feeling nauseous in the middle of the night or for when you wake up. This can help avoid feeling queasy from an empty stomach.
- Sniff sliced lemons. The citrus smell may help ease your morning sickness.
- Track your morning nausea. Either through your calendar or apps like Symple Symptom Tracker where you notate each time that you have unsettling feelings. You can check in on your tracker and see if there are any common times during the day that you feel sick and see if there is a trigger causing it.
Morning sickness is an inevitable occurrence during pregnancy and varies for everyone. It’s important to remember that it’s only temporary and to see if there are any specific triggers causing nausea. Try out a few remedies and see if this helps ease your morning sickness. And don’t worry, you’re only months away from bringing a new bundle of joy into your family.