Morning SicknessYou can feel at ease to know that morning sickness usually decreases or stops by the 14th week of pregnancy!
Morning sickness is very common. Most pregnant women have at least some morning sickness, and about a third have vomiting. Morning sickness usually begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues until the 14th to 16th week
Some women have morning sickness and vomiting through their entire pregnancy
. Morning sickness does not hurt the baby in any way. The degree of morning sickness during one pregnancy does not predict how you will feel in future pregnancies.
Does morning sickness tell you if it's a boy or a girl?
Does morning sickness vary in severity depending on the sex of the baby?
Some studies linked the presence of moring sickness with having a baby girl. However the results were not conclusive. Each woman and each pregnancy is unique in terms of moring sickness irrespective of the sex of the baby.
Morning sickness relief
Call your doctor if:
- Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6) has proven to be effective in reducing nausea.
Doses of 10-25 mg orally every eight hours on an intermittent basis of 2-3 days at a time are recommended as a first-line therapy.
- Try dried ginger root, ginger tea from fresh ginger root, and Zingiber officinale extract. Study showed that ginger effectively reduces both nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. The recommended dose is 250 mg four times a day.
- A few soda crackers or dry toast when you first wake up, even before you get out of bed in the morning.
- A small snack at bedtime and when getting up to go to the bathroom at night.
- Acupressure wrist bands (sea bands) or acupuncture may help. You can find these bands in drug, health food, and travel stores. If considering acupuncture, talk to your doctor and seek an acupuncturist trained to work with pregnant women.
- Avoid caffeine foods or drinks.
- Avoid foods high in fat and salt, but low in nutrition.
- Avoid fried, rich foods such as gravies, rich desserts, nuts, olives, sweet rolls, pastries.
- Avoid gas-forming foods such as brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, and sauerkraut.
- Avoid getting extremely hungry.
- Avoid highly seasoned and spicy foods.
- Avoid large meals. Instead, snack as often as every 1-2 hours during the day and drink plenty of fluids.
- Avoid smoking and secondhand smoke.
- Avoid taking medications for morning sickness. If you do, consult a doctor first.
- Bake, boil or broil foods rather than fry foods.
- Drink liquids between meals rather than with meals.
- Eat dry cereal or crackers before getting out of bed.
- Eat ice chips, popsicles, fruits and cooked vegetables between meals.
- Eat small meals, more often, on a regular basis.
- Eating foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates, such as peanut butter on apple slices or celery; cheese; crackers; milk; cottage cheese; and yogurt.
- Have lots of fresh air in rooms where you sleep and where you prepare your meals to reduce odors.
- Lemons: drinking lemonade, smelling lemons, or just a small taste of lemon
- Peppermint (scotch mints),peppermint essential oil, or sipping the tea (look for Pregnancy Tea) can help curb nausea. It's also known to help with sagging energy levels.
- Sip water and juices slowly.
- Take your prenatal vitamins at night. Increase vitamin B6 in your diet by eating whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Talk to your doctor about possibly taking vitamin B6 supplements.
- Two fingers pressed firmly but gently on the your belly button, just for a minute, may stop the nausea.
- Using an all natural toothpaste
- When you feel morning sicknessted, bland foods like gelatin, broth, ginger ale, and saltine crackers can soothe your stomach.
What can your doctor do?
- Morning sickness does not improve, despite trying home remedies.
- You vomit blood or material that looks like coffee grounds. (Call IMMEDIATELY.)
- You lose more than 2 pounds.
- You vomit more than 3 times per day or you cannot keep food or liquid down.
- morning sickness and vomiting continue beyond your 4th month of pregnancy. This happens to some women and is usually normal, but have it checked out.
Your doctor will perform a physical examination, including a pelvic exam, and look for any signs of dehydration.
Your doctor may ask questions like the following:
Comments: Morning Sickness
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- Are you only nauseous or do you also vomit?
- Does the morning sickness and vomiting occur every day?
- Does it last throughout the day?
- Can you keep down any food or fluid?
- Have you been traveling?
- Has your schedule been disrupted?
- Are you emotionally stressed?
- What foods have you been eating?
- Do you smoke?
- What have you done to try to feel better?
- Do you know for sure that you are pregnant?
- If not, is it possibly that you are pregnant? For example, do you menstruate and are you sexually active? Have you missed any birth control pills or not used your birth control method?
- What other symptoms do you have -- headaches, abdominal pain, breast tenderness, dry mouth, excessive thirst, unintentional weight loss?
1 2 3 4 5 6 Nextmamas3girls
92 days ago.
HAD MY FIRST REAL WAVE OF MORNING SICKNESS THIS MORNING , WHERE I ACTUALLY THREW UP.FIRST TIME EXPERIENCING MORNING SICKNESS BECAUSE I WAS MS FREE FOR MY 3 OTHER CHILDREN.JUST HOPE ITS NOT GOING TO GET WORSE.MY MS IS USUALLY TRIGGERED BY SMELL NOT FOOD.
946 days ago.
I am 5 weeks and 5 days along, yesterday I felt my first wave of morning sickness. it didn't matter what I drank or ate I felt horrible and couldn't keep it down. had an appointment with my ob already scheduled who informed me this is a really good sign because it means that a pregnancy is progressing the way it should. Today is not any better, in fact this morning in the midst of my morning sickness I burst into tears asking (no one in particular) how someone so small could make you so sick. so here we go...hopefully this doesn't last longer then the first trimester. crysta b
951 days ago.
I suffered Hyperemesis Gravidarum and was sick up to 40 times a day and was hospitalised 6 times. Its a truly awful experience. Apparently about 1% of women suffer from it Hazelcoconuts2ndBaby
957 days ago.
Hi lady bugs! Congrats too all of you! I'm new to this site....yet I've been referencing this site (as i was TTC) for over a year now. I really felt obligated to sign up and comment on the N/V bka MS section dye to my recent past experience. I'm 8wks a of tomorrow. Yay me! Although I was not so ecstatic about the pregnancy last week as a result of a really bad MS experience. It was beyond MS and it began exactly at my 6th wk. The morning sickness started off as what I would consider normal. I would get naseous (s/s excess watering ofof the mouth) and vomit within the hour I got out of bed. At first it was once daily. Then it progressed over the next day or so to vomiting every time I would wake up from a lying it napping position. After trying ginger ale, crackers, oranges before getting it of bed, to eating and sipping small amounts at a time yet frequently; nothing worked. I was unable to even hereto water down, to the point of vomiting the yellow bile of my stomach. My lipswere so dry, almost to the point of bleeding. They were definitely cracked. I'm an LVN and knew I was dehydrated. Saturday (wk 7) I went to the ER onlyto receive IV hydration and zofran (an antiemetic bka NV med) IV. It helped while I was there... Oh, i forgot to mention I was taking antibiotics for a UTI. By Tuesday I had relapsed (unable to keep water down...still taking antibiotics and prenatal vit.). That time I held out for my OB appt. After 15 to 30 seconds of reporting to my OB Dr. he admitted me into the hospital. 3 horrible days of ATC antiemetics (zofran), hydration, and routine antibiotics all via IV....and I still didn't advance from a liquid oral diet. That is until i was discharged. My Dr. listened to me...my MS felt more like vertigo (motion sickness). God answered my prayers with phenergan!My dx. was severe dehydration and severe hyperemesis gravidarum. I'm feeling a world of allot better now. Only relied on the phenergan two days (titrated the usage down slowly) after discharge. My doctor was super super happy that I was well and admitted upon my check up that he was scared I would have miscarried (forgot to say while admitted i beggan spotting and passing small clots). I'm now 8 wks tomorrow and the baby has strong fetal heart tones with 163 bpm. It's over!!! I eat small meals frequently and maintain adequate hydration by the same means. No more meds....I'm even scared to take my rx'd prenatals. I now take the womans one a day multi-vit. Hope this helps....GoodLuck loves!!! aidensmommy1223
1146 days ago.
Hi ladies! I am 7 weeks pregnant with my second child! I have been suffering ms all day everyday for the past week!,! I never had this with my son! I get a bit of a break throughout the day but not for long!! I was reading a lot of u wear those sea bands! Can you get them in Canada? And where would I get them? I've heard all good things about them but know nothing about them! Amy Stuart
1242 days ago.
i was at work today, was feeling fine, at lunch, as soon as i walked back in to work it felt so hot! started going dizzy and all tingly. every one else said the temp was fine. i felt so sick so i sat on the bathroom flor for an hour at work, trying not to vommit. massivee headaches. he came on so quick. worried i might be pregnant but is it too early to test? as i only had my period 2 weeks ago? Amanda Ann
1280 days ago.
MS is for the birds! I am nauseous all day long. Even my bed or chair pressing up against my back or side makes me want to throw up. I've tried everything it feels like. I get through my days by munching on salt and vinegar chips, sucking on suckers or popsicles, wearing the sea bands, avoiding most foods (and sadly my toothbrush more than I would like...oh so hard for my anal retentive about hygiene side), moving slowly, getting tons of rest, avoiding heat, weekly acupuncture and now am on diclectin (I'm in Canada)...all this and I am still throwing up once a day, usually before bed. I so pray this will taper off soon. aznbuttrfly
1302 days ago.
feeling like i'm getting a late dose of MS. i had bad ms for the 1st trimester with my 1st son. this time around i didn't even find out i was preggo until 17 wks and i didn't have any MS up until them. but nowadays, ugh...the last two mornings i feel like i'm gonna lose my breakfast. i thought it was the semi greasy breakfast i ate yesterday that caused it so i ate a lighter cleaner breakfast this AM and i feel naseous again. i'm at work so i tried lying down in my car w/the AC on (helped yesterday) to clear it up today and still no luck. This is no fun. I don't want MS this late in the game (i'm 20 wks now). after throwing up i'm on constant standby to feel my baby move so I know i didn't hurt him. (sigh)...praying it's a short phase. pvgirl
1303 days ago.
Thanks ill have to try the sea bands. And idk I have met other women who had issues with the meds like stillbirth and late miscarriage. backfourmore
1303 days ago.
I'm sorry to hear...I've been told phenergan is completely safe. Anything they're not telling us? It caused gi side effects but that's all for me. I know my first two kids I avoided meds at almost any cost during pregnancy, even when told they were 'safe'.
Nothing else really helped my ms but I do always get sea bands and wear them just in case they help some. pvgirl
1303 days ago.
I had hg with my last pregnancy and took phenegram and it caused complications. Resulting in the death of my daughter. So I am leary of taking meds. I even have been trying herbal remedies. Nothing works I think I have hg again. But I'm so frightened because of my past experiences. Swimming helps I have noticed but its getting outta bed to do it. Lol thanks for the support. It helps. :) backfourmore
1303 days ago.
Staying hydrated is important. I had HG last pregnancy and was prescribed phenergan suppositories. They definitely helped. This pregnancy, the ms isn't as severe but my OB prescribed orally disintegrating Zofran. Definitely helps too. pvgirl
1303 days ago.
I have been super sick ladies. I am 7 weeks and cant anything down even water most of the time. I have lost 5 pound in like 10 days since the MS started. I have tried the b6 lemons make me puke ginger does the same. Even crackers wont stay down. Please give me suggestions!!
1388 days ago.
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1388 days ago.
hay Hi every1,
well morning sickness is really not cool but just think afta 9 months of dis sickness u will have some thing beautiful in yr arms aww its going 2 be a wonderful wen its finished m 9 weeks pregnant and its a good feeling i just have morning sickness early in the morning try n brush as soon as u wake up...try lemon it helps preagy pops it helps.. all the best every1 mizzT
1407 days ago.
7 weeks and no morning sickness......little worrysome, I was constantly sick with my first child. ammanpoland
1449 days ago.
Does anyone have a list of natural remedies for morning sickness? Heavenshania
1546 days ago.
I have been throwing up everyday at school. It normally starts when i wake up and then it stops around 1:30. It's frustrating cuz I hate puking at school. and more poeple are noticing whats going on. :/ I hope it goes away soon but im not for sure.. sweetlady32
1572 days ago.
Morning sickness is the worst part of being pregnant! Not a whole lot that can be done about it..some things work & some things don't or just momentarily..it all depends on your body. Take it from me I had 2 girls and I had morning sickness all 9 months!!! I was extremely sick. with my son I only had it for 3 months..I believe I'm having another boy because I'm not extremely sick & may vomit once a day or feel nausiated all day. But I did get a prescription for odestron which helps. But word of the wise if you are vomiting all day long and can't hold anything down and I mean anything..everything u stick in ur mouth comes up to go to the ER. luckysmom
1594 days ago.
I'm 7 weeks today this is my third pregnancy I've been experiencing morning sickness all day every day for the past 2 weeks!!!!! Sea bands really work for me.... Also u have to make sure u r never on an empty stomach!!!! juneforlife61
1597 days ago.
I am 13 weeks pregnant. The first few weeks I was experiencing a lot of morning sickness, but now it has transformed into all-day sickness and nausea! I can't keep anything down and the slightest odor sends me running to the trash can ALL DAY! Once I force myself to eat something, I feel better but I get nauseous just thinking about food. Any ideas for how to curb this?? Thanks! JBaum
1647 days ago.
Hi Ladies - Here is a trick for M/S - Gravol all organic ginger. It's mad eby gravol, but there isn't actually any gravol in it. It's just a 500mg dosage of ginger root. Before I trie dthat, I was puking everyday ALL day long. Waking up all night puking. I lost 8 lbs in total ( I can't afford to lose any more weight). Now, I only get sick maybe once a day. Also make sure your body doesn't over heat. That can make m/s MUCH worse. (And in this hot summer weather it's unbareable). Good luck to all of you! happilyexpectinginboston
1661 days ago.
I am 9 weeks pregnant today and I vomit when I brush my teeth. It doesn't seem like there's much to relieve this. vi-chick (Yellow)
1683 days ago.
Well be it a stomach bug or ms, I don't know which, but I feel aweful! Sent DH to the store for some of the things that are suggested here and elsewhere, lemons, soda crackers, fruit for smoothies, yogurt. If it doesn't work I'll try sea bands tomorrow. Off to lay down now. It seems to be my only relief. *kimmie*
1684 days ago.
Hi Ladies, I wanted to share my trick for nausea. Sea Bands, my doctor mentioned them to me and they really helped me out a lot. I got them at a local drug store for about $9 and wore them on each wrist from morning to night to keep the nausea away. I haven't been nauseated for a few days but i still carry them in my purse just in case. I hope this helps someone, Good luck ladies!!!