Its medical definition is ‘nausea and vomiting from pregnancy’.
Approximately ¾ of women will experience some form of morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy.
Morning sickness will usually begin week 4-6 and end week 14-16.
It is important to remember that every pregnancy is different and not all women will experience the same symptoms and for the same period of time.
This is not true. Morning sickness symptoms are often worse in the morning, hence its name, but can occur at any time of the day or night.
This is not true. Majority of women will experience morning in the first trimester only. However, 1 in 5 women will experience sickness in the 2nd trimester with 1 in 1000 women experiencing sickness throughout their entire pregnancy.
Severe cases of morning sickness is known as hyperemesis gravidarum. Women experiencing this condition get very sick and are hospitalized for periods of time to manage help their well being and well being of their unborn child.
This is not true either. A small number of women are lucky enough not to have any symptoms. The lack of morning sickness can sometimes be an indication of miscarriage, in the first trimester but it is not always the case. Women go on to have healthy full term babies.
This is not true. It is important to treat every pregnancy as unique.
Women who have extreme cases of morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum) with their first pregnancy do not necessarily have the same experience second time around.
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This is not true. Mild morning sickness will not affect the nutrients reaching your baby. However in extreme cases when a woman has to be hospitalized due to severe vomiting, dehydration and weight loss, this is a concern. Medical treatment is essential in these cases to ensure the well being of both mother and baby.
Like all forms of illness there are a number of things we can do to help ease the discomfort.