Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is a symptom of pregnancy that can cause nausea or vomiting. It is also called NVP ( Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy). Nausea or vomiting can happen at any time. It is not just when you are in the morning, like when you get up. Typically, symptoms of pregnancy arise in the 4th week and continue until around 16 weeks. A severe form of the condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum, and it can make you lose weight.

The duration of morning sickness varies, with some women only experiencing it for a few days and others having symptoms for several weeks. Symptoms can be mild or severe enough to interfere with normal life and may include nausea, vomiting, anorexia, fatigue, hypotension, and dizziness. The condition is harmless in the sense that it does not cause any complications to either the mother or baby, but because of its nature can also be very debilitating.

The cause of morning sickness is unknown, but some people think it may be related to hormone changing levels. Some people have said that morning sickness from an evolutionary point of view may be useful. You should only be diagnosed with a problem after you have ruled out other possible things that could be wrong. It is not usually morning sickness if you have abdominal pain, fever, or headaches.

It is estimated that around half of pregnant women will experience some symptoms of morning sickness during their pregnancy. Taking prenatal vitamins before pregnancy may decrease the chances of having a baby with birth defects. Specific treatments may not be needed for mild cases. If treatment is used, the combination of doxylamine and pyridoxine is recommended initially. There is not much evidence that ginger might be helpful.