Many women experience morning sickness in the first trimester. However many more experience it in the second and/or third trimester. Some women even find it even continues for several weeks after the birth of their baby, until their hormones settle down. Up to 50% of women experience some type of pregnancy nausea or vomiting.
Morning Sickness is a misnomer; it can actually occur at any time of day or night. The medical term for it is nausea gravidarum.
Morning sickness can vary widely, ranging through the following:
- From mild nausea to severe and violent vomiting and heaving.
- Only sick during one short time of day or continual, all day discomfort.
- Starting at 2-7 weeks and lasting till 12-14 weeks. In some cases it can last all the way till the end of pregnancy, or return in the third trimester.
- In some cases occurring only at the end of pregnancy and/or during labour.
Types of Morning Sickness
- Nausea – Some women experience mild nausea early in pregnancy (more commonly in the morning) but it never becomes very severe.
- All day sickness – Many women experience nausea and/or vomiting that lasts all day long, often interfering with their jobs and life in general.
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum – A severe, medically diagnosed form of ‘morning sickness’. Usual symptoms are violent, nonstop vomiting and problems keeping food or liquid down. Often women with this disorder can end up in hospital with severe dehydration.
Bright green or yellow vomit – Not everyone experiences this but it can happen. This is the bile content of the stomach and is usually thrown up in the morning when the stomach is empty and has nothing else to dispose of. If for no other reason, try eating something before getting out of bed, since bile can be very acidic and painful to throw up.
Vomiting at any time of the day – The term “morning sickness” is a complete misnomer, since it can happen anytime of day. So don’t think you’re the exception if you feel terrible in the middle of the day or right before bed.
Blood, extreme pain or inability to keep anything down – If you experience this you need to see your doctor or a hospital immediately. If you can’t keep anything down, chances are you will become dehydrated which is definitely bad for a pregnant body (or any body!)
Will Morning Sickness Hurt My Baby?
Some people worry that all the throwing up can harm baby or cause a miscarriage. Actually – the worse your morning sickness is, the healthier your baby is, according to studies. The sickness is caused by hormones released in the body and the more of those you have, the better baby can develop!1 | 2 | 3