Morning sickness is usually associated with pregnancy and it starts around the middle of the first trimester. The experience can happen in the afternoon, evening, or even at night.
Although a thing of joy for many expectant moms, pregnancy comes with some discomfort. Morning sickness is one of the ways this happens. Let us find out more about morning sickness here.
What Is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness involves signs & symptoms (usually the feeling of vomiting and nausea) brought about by pregnancy. Expectant moms are most likely going to have this feeling in the early hours of the day. This is most likely why it is known as “morning sickness”. However, the feeling can also happen in the afternoon, evening, or even at night.
How Common Is Morning Sickness Among Pregnant Women?
Around 70 percent of pregnant women will have this experience around the middle of their first trimester (around 6 weeks). So, it is relatively a common pregnancy-associated feeling. There are still certain uncertainties as to why morning sickness happens in the first place. However, it is safe to say it is for reasons such as:
- Reduction in blood sugar levels that is caused by pregnancy
- Fatigue and stress caused by pregnancy
- A surge in pregnancy-associated hormones in the body
- Exposure to certain foods that trigger the feelings of morning sickness
If you have ever asked when people start showing pregnancy signs and symptoms, morning sickness is a huge pointer to the possibility of being pregnant.
Does Morning Sickness Require Going to the Clinic?
Morning sickness is quite common among expectant moms as mentioned earlier. For the most part, pregnant people and/or the baby do not get adversely affected by this experience. For this reason, there is often no reason to see your health care service provider or doctor for it.
Be that as it may, there is such a thing as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This is a more severe and chronic form of morning sickness. This is because the vomiting and nausea will be excessive and extreme. With hyperemesis gravidarum, there is the likelihood of having very severe headaches and other signs & symptoms associated with dehydration.
The body of the pregnant woman will be lacking a sufficient amount of water and fluid. The lack of the right amount of water and fluid means that the body will be lacking essential nutrients usually brought about by the fluid.
All these contribute to why the pregnant woman will feel so uncomfortable. Expectant moms dealing with hyperemesis gravidarum (rather than just morning sickness) need to see a good health care service provider. Hyperemesis gravidarum signs & symptoms would include any or some of the following:
- When you feel lightheaded or dizzy after vomiting
- Weight loss characterized by the loss of over 10 pounds during pregnancy – For the record, there are tips for regaining your weight through fast metabolism. But you need to run checks with your doctor first.
- Frequent vomiting – No fewer than 3 times in a day
- Signs & symptoms associated with dehydration – Passing out very little or no urine, dry mouth, heart beating very fast, and thirst
These are some signs & symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum. You should see a doctor if you feel these signs & symptoms during the pregnancy period.
Morning sickness is a pregnancy-associated feeling among around 70 percent of pregnant women. The time it starts is usually around the middle of the first trimester. The experience should end between the 14th and 20th week of your pregnancy period.
There are tips to help relieve or even prevent morning sickness. The use of ginger, prenatal vitamins, and snacking are examples. Especially before using options like ginger, you should consult your doctor in your health care clinic. You can check out the welfare section of the Alzdem Health platform for more pregnancy-relevant information.