If you are currently or have ever been pregnant, chances are you’re all too familiar with morning sickness. Up to 85% of pregnant women will feel nauseous during their first trimester. It’s so common that nausea and vomiting are often the first signs of pregnancy, beginning as early as the sixth week.
While typically called ‘morning sickness’, it can occur at any time of the day and usually stops after about the 12th week. It’s caused by a rapid increase in human chorionic gonadotrophin – a hormone released by the placenta during the first trimester. The severity of nausea can be exacerbated due to a twin pregnancy, being overly tired, traveling often, or dealing with emotional stress. If possible, try to avoid these factors to minimize discomfort.
Morning sickness will not harm your baby. In fact, some doctors consider it to be an indication that the placenta is growing correctly. While it can cause a loss of appetite, morning sickness is typically harmless. However, women who are experiencing morning sickness well beyond the first trimester should talk to their doctor.
Stay in communication with your doctor about your symptoms. They can give you tips on how to alleviate the discomfort. You can also try eating small meals throughout the day, taking plenty of time to rest or even nap, sip ginger tea or ginger ale, switch up when you take your prenatal vitamins, and drink plenty of water. Some women have found that salty potato chips also help to settle their stomachs, and it’s helpful to avoid cooking and eating spicy foods.
Every woman and every pregnancy are different. Just because you experienced morning sickness in your first pregnancy does not mean you will also experience it in subsequent pregnancies (and vice versa). What helped your friend feel better may not work for you. Continue speaking to your doctor about your symptoms and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel! If you have questions, don’t hesitate to call one of our doctors in Cheyenne at 307-634-5216.