Your Morning Sickness Questions Answered

You’re on a high from the joy of your pregnancy news and revelling in the changes that are happening to your body. Then the morning sickness starts and it can really put a damper on that “pregnancy glow” everyone talks about. Or for some that sudden dash to the toilet to be sick is the first sign of pregnancy. Either way, it is a very common part of being pregnant and one, unfortunately, a lot of expectant mums deal with.

During early pregnancy, around 9/10 people will feel sick or be sick at some point. So if you spend your early weeks of pregnancy feeling anything but blooming, you’re probably not alone. It’s not pleasant, and it effects some worse than others. Theres a lot of questions from parent's to be around morning sickness, so we have pulled together and answered all your most commonly asked questions about morning sickness.

What is morning sickness?

The exact causes are unknown, but it is thought morning sickness is a reaction to high level of pregnancy hormones, in particular, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). These hormones rise very quickly throughout the first few weeks of pregnancy, which is often linked to the sickness most feel at the beginning of their pregnancy.

However, although an unpleasant experience, morning sickness has no health risk for the baby and is a regular part of pregnancy.

When does morning sickness start in your pregnancy?

It’s important to note that everyone is different and sickness can affect everyone slightly differently and at different times. But as a general rule, morning sickness usually begins around the 4th to 7th week of pregnancy, however it can start as early as the 3rd week and later than the 10th week. The good news: morning sickness doesn't typically linger much beyond week 12 to week 14 of pregnancy. That said, a few women continue to experience symptoms into the second trimester, and a very small amount, particularly those expecting multiples, may suffer some well into the third.

Does it just happen in the mornings?

Unfortunately the name can be a little misleading and make people think sickness only happens in the mornings. We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but for some morning sickness isn’t just exclusive to the mornings. Some expectant mum’s have bouts of sickness throughout the whole day and into the nighttime too.

Is it true morning sickness is worse with twins/triplets?

Women pregnant with multiple babies often say that their morning sickness was worse than with their other pregnancies. This is most likely because the hormone levels, which may cause morning sickness, are at much higher levels when women are expecting multiples. This can increase morning sickness symptoms and can even cause morning sickness in women who have not suffered from nausea in previous pregnancies.

If I had morning sickness with my first, will I have it with my next?

It's not a given that if you experienced terrible morning sickness during your first pregnancy, you'll get it again. Similarly, just because you breezed through your first pregnancy doesn't guarantee you'll have an easy time the second time. Morning sickness affects pregnant women differently from woman to woman, and even from pregnancy to pregnancy.

Will morning sickness effect my baby?

No, feeling or being nauseous is a fairly common side effect of pregnancy, and it's usually nothing to be concerned about. As long as you can keep some food and liquids down, morning sickness will have no effect on your baby. If you're unwell, it means your placenta is developing properly and your pregnancy hormones are functioning to keep your pregnancy going. With that stated, a lack of morning sickness is not a problem.

I have really bad morning sickness. When should I see a doctor?

Pregnant women may have severe nausea and vomiting in rare situations. Hyperemesis gravidarum is the term for when it reaches this severe degree. It's an uncommon but severe kind of morning sickness that affects around 1-2 percent of all pregnant women. Among the signs and symptoms are:

  • cannot keep fluids down because of severe vomiting
  • serious risk of dehydration and weight loss
  • alkalosis (a dangerous drop in the normal acidity of the blood)
  • hypokalemia (low blood potassium)

If you're vomiting regularly and have difficulties swallowing food or liquids, see your doctor or midwife right immediately. Your kid is counting on you to provide them the nutrition and vitamins they need to develop. If you're sick to your stomach and can't eat much, you could be restricting the nutrition your child gets.

Treatments for severe morning sickness, including as anti-sickness medications, vitamin supplements, or steroid injections, may be prescribed by your doctor to alleviate the nausea. By the fifth month of pregnancy, 90 percent of hyperemesis gravidarum patients had resolved.

Are there any at home remedies that might help?

Whilst there is no magical cure, there are some little things you can do that might give you some relief. These are not scientifically proven to work but they have helped some women and anything is worth a try right

  • Eat little and often. You may not be able to stomach a full meal, so try to focus on little portions of food often to help you keep the nausea away.
  • Avoid trigger foods. You will pretty quickly learn what foods or smells become your triggers and which ones make your sickness feel worse.
  • Get plenty of rest. Make sure you are getting plenty of rest as tiredness or lack of energy can make nausea feel worse.
  • Drink plenty of liquids. Make sure you stay hydrated and replace any fluids you could be loosing from being sick. Try sipping little and often.
  • Eat ginger. Some say this is a bit of an old wives’ tale, but there is some evidence ginger may help reduce nausea and vomiting. There are also some drinks that contain ginger.

We wish we could provide you a miraculous cure for morning sickness, but it is sadly just another part of most pregnancies. But we can all be certain that it will all be worthwhile in the end!