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?
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1697 days ago.
Looks like no one has posted in a while here... i wanted to ask, even though this Is my 3rd, i *think ms improved at abt 12 weeks, but im not exactly sure ! I just remember i woke up one day and felt much , much better. Well at 8 weeks now im counting down with much anticipation ! Im miserable, no energy, though Sea Bands aré helping me from vomiting, thank God ! superolive1553
1759 days ago.
Hi all i am 3 weeks pregnant, just found out recently. Wasn’t expecting this, but was pleasantly surprised. I thought i’d been food poisoned with the throwing up, lol! Im really nervous about my pregnancy! Not sure what to expect… well except for the morning sickness!hehe. I’m trying to ignore it as much as I can… but its getting worse! Im starting to find work difficult. But I’ve decide not to take medication for it. I’ve tried very cold diet coke, since its caffine free… but it just gives me gas! A friend mentioned ice lolly’s for sickness… they apparently help with sickness… and its natural… let see, need to research it! Take care mothers to be xxx!
1759 days ago.
Wow, not a lot of new comments! Well, I made it, week 11 and finally starting to feel better. I ended up finding that Kefir yogurt drinks and balance Bars worked great, and Unisom at night. For some reason, Unisom, which is a sleep aid, also helps with prego nausea. Mostly it worked, sometimes it didn't, but when it did, I was so grateful! But it of course makes you tired so if I took any during the day I took half or quarter. divrgurl13
1788 days ago.
I am 10 weeks today and have been nauseous since about week 7. I can only eat lunch! If I eat breakfast or dinner it comes right up and if I eat dinner, I'm up all night long. So in addition to the extreme exhaustion I've already felt, I am even more tired because I am up vomitting all night! E3Mom
1795 days ago.
'You can feel at ease to know that morning sickness usually decreases or stops by the 14th week of pregnancy!' and I cameh ere for comfort. I am 6 weeks and not sure how I will get through my job (resource teacher) and I was miserable thinking it wouldn;t be over for another 6 weeks but this page says I should shoot for the next two months. Just venting. B6 not really working, and I am sick of eating and sipping stuff and not feeling better :( But, one thing that has helped is seeing I am not alone. mama27angels
1798 days ago.
I'm almost 14 weeks and was recently hospitalized for hyperemesis (excessive nausea and vomiting). My ob let me go home after a week on a zofran pump and home health. It's better but not 100% :( krissy05
1807 days ago.
So I'm not trying to brag its more of is there something wrong with me cuz I'm 14 weeks and still no morning sickness. Its like I almost forget I'm pregnant cuz i never had symptoms other than not having a period. Sometime ill get a lil icky and gagy if baby doesn't like something. Is my body telling me something is wrong? Baby1
1818 days ago.
i'm also suffering terribly from sickness..nausea and vomiting...it is just HORRIBLE!! My 3yr old ds also didnt understand what's happening and would want to kiss me better..it's heart breaking! My sickness however has got better in time and now I am 12 weeks I am not sick everyday, I am still feeling nauseus but at least I am keeping some foods down. Sucking on tangy haribo sweets helps, and eating juicy red grapes helps too as I cannot keep water down either. I've tried EVERYTHING but nothing works, so I'm hoping it's just a question of time as it seems to be easing off a little as pregnancy progresses. Wish you all better real soon!! x triniluvloxz
1843 days ago.
This is just a suggetion for anyone who may be having morning sickness. I'm 10 weeks and started having mornign sickness at around 8 weeks, only mine wasn't in the morning, it was all day!! I try to avoid taking medications and was looking for a natural way to reduce/eliminate the nausea and vomiting.
After a suggestion from a co-worker and internet research, I found out about Sea Bands, which uses accupressure. They have been a God-send!!! Previous to wearing them, I couldn't keep a thing down, and I had all day nausea. Now, I rarely get nausea or have the desire to vomit, and I can pretty much eat anything I want.
You can purchase them from CVS or Walgreens for about $10-$13. I don't sleep in them, but I do put them on immediately when I wake up and don't take them off until it's time for bed. My hubby's glad I got them because now he doesn't have to hold my hair while I'm vomiting..lol Make sure you read the directions and position them correctly on your wrist or they will feel a little uncomfortable after a while. Hope this helps anyone who may be getting morning sickness.... khumes
1844 days ago.
I am 10 weeks in and have had severe morning/all day and night sickness. I am taking generic Zofran and it just wasn't enough. I couldn't get up off of the couch b/c I was so sick. I read that Benadryl helps w/nausea so I took a half a tab an hour after taking my Zofran and it has helped tremendously. I have been doing it for two days now and I can actually eat, something I haven't really been able to do for 5 weeks. It has been a lifesaver! Deb2010
1900 days ago.
Hi - I am suffering too... 10 weeks now and the nausea is AWFUL, especially of a night - I wish i could vomit and feel better but its just constant nausea and its getting me down a bit. I think what makes it worse is that I work then go home and have to lay down because I feel so bad, I cant go anywhere or do anything to help lift my spirits because Im just not up to it. Fingers crossed only a couple more weeks. Naomi L
1928 days ago.
This is awfull...
everyday I wonder why people get pregnant...I mean I'm still thrilled to be pregnant, and feel incredibly lucky..but this morning sickness (or rather all day and all night sickness) is really draining me out! I'ld rather have pain somewhere. Nausea is so sneaky and irritating. I can't eat anything to make it feel better, I can't even keep down yoghurt! obscurette
1956 days ago.
Help! Is anyone on Avomine? I am about to start taking them tonight as I've got hyperemeses gravodorum. I just want to know the success rate? As in if you took them did both the vomiting and nausea go or did the nausea stay? Etc am soo sick I'm just looking for some light at the end of the tunnel! And my boss wants me back at work! Lol onj
1963 days ago.
MS is my nemesis. I was sick with my daughter for the whole 40 weeks, and I am 6 weeks with this baby and awfully sick. It's incredibly hard because it comes and goes all day and I still have to go about my day. I wish I never had to work!! newmommy11
1964 days ago.
I am weeks today and this MS seems like it does not want to leave me alone. Also it seems like all I want to eat is milk and corn flakes but it makes me so sick after. I don't knw just want to feel better. :((( jessers
1973 days ago.
I am 7 weeks pregnant and not feeling great! Morning sickness, very tired - please tell me it gets better! Zekchild
1986 days ago.
I'm 12 weeks and I was told that the MS should end around 12 to 13 weeks. Well, I hope this is true. I've been so sick. I don't even feel like myself anymore. All i do is sit in my bed praying that this MS will end soon. I was hoping I could find confort on this forum, but it doesn't seem too busy.:-( OurSecretWedding
2004 days ago.
This forum doesn't appear very active but I'm just here to gripe. I'm in bed for about the 7th straight day feeling increasingly nauseaus each day. Haven't brought up, just queasy, tired, stuffy, crampy, headachy et al. I'm self employed and used to being active so this is really tough on my spirit as well as my professional and personal life! Can someone remind me how awesome babies are and why I wanted this so bad? raesin123
2019 days ago.
I had tried everything - every dietary recommendation, B12/B6/Folic acid injections, acupuncture, electrode nausea bracelets.... everything! Finally, I went and saw a Naturopathic Doctor who did a homeopathic makeup and gave me a dose of Sepia 30c. It was miraculous! Within minutes I had color to my face, I was hungry, and I was happy for the first time in weeks. That evening I felt so wonderful. I had to re-dose a few times and eventually I took my constitutional remedy of NatMur 30C and that has been my savior for the past three days. No more puking, dry heaving, or feeling generally awful. I am still amazed! I recommend seeing a doctor who does homeopathy, unless you have experience yourself. angelinnashville
2020 days ago.
I'm taking generic Zofran and it is working great. I had to call around and found a HUGE difference in price for it. I was quoted over $350 at Walgreens for the highest, $68.84 at Sams Club and $17.30 at Costco. I about passed out over the difference. The same dose, the same drug, the same amount (30 pills). I recommend anyone who has to take it to call around and price check. If there is not a Costco close to you, I would mail order it through them with that type of savings. I'm also very upset with Walgreens who I have used pretty much my whole life for marking this drug out of my reach using them where I have to drive two hours to get it at a reasonable price. It's worth the drive for the savings but I should not have to. babes79
2040 days ago.
hi there ladies , i am nearly 16 weeks , and since the start of week 13 i have been getting really sick ! Is it normal to get it now ? I am really earning baby this time ...... As with my little boy i was never sick or tired like i am now charmara
2045 days ago.
My Dr. put me on half a unisom and 50mg B6. I only take it at night with this pregnancy, but took it twice a day with my last one. Maybe ask your Dr. about that option. They will know if it's right for you. vshackel
2047 days ago.
Hi there. I am really at the end of my tether. I'm 14 weeks with my first babe. I have been so so sick. I hardly ever vomit but I constantly have extreme nausea. From morning till evening and if I wake in the night, I feel terrible then too. It's constant. I had 3 weeks off work and it was just awful. It's so lonely lying in bed in so much discomfort. I couldn't do anything. I finally saw the specialist and he prescibed Zofran which has helped but sometimes doesn't seem to do anything. I'm too sick to worry about missing so much work. I have tired everything homeopathic remedies, Acupuncture even a Osteopath but nothing seems to work! The specialist said yeterday to try and accept it which does make sense and is better than what my GP said 'embrace it'. If people haven't been through it, they really do not understand. I say eat small amounts regularly and eat what you like! This moan has helped, thanks!Has B6 helped anyone? Mom2BofTwins28
2059 days ago.
Hi everyone, Hope you guys are feeling well I'm feeling terrible with all this nausea going on and having to work is starting to get unbareable good luck to all of us its rough trying to work while you dont feel so well. I'm only 7wks 3 days with Twins and I feel awful.... AngelaGeorge01
2088 days ago.
I am on for my third pregnancy, I have a 7 and 8 year old, the sickness during both these pregnancies were extreme, the sickness/nausea is gradually getting worse with this pregnancy. During my first pregnancy I had tried the travel sickness bands, but found these totally hopeless, they would not stay on and moved around, today I my husband purchased the boots children bands, I am over the moon with them, they apply the right amunt of pressure, as I have such slim wrists, I know a lot of people say they dont work, (as I did with the adults ones) but the childrens ones have really worked for me, might be worth a try. Oh and Im just coming up 7 weeks pregnant.:)