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Facts and Myths Surrounding Morning Sickness

If you ask a new mother what they disliked most with their pregnancy, chances are morning sickness will rank somewhere at the top of the list. It’s one of the most common symptoms with over 50% of pregnant women experiencing it. While it usually doesn’t pose any serious health risks, it can still make an expecting mother’s life miserable for the first few months. To make matters worse, there are a lot of misconceptions regarding morning sickness that may confuse some people. Here we’re going to take a closer look at some of the facts and myths surrounding morning sickness.

imageAs you may already know, morning sickness is a condition that causes nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. According to several medical study, over half of pregnant women experience some form of morning sickness. Typically, it’s only characterized by vomiting and the dreaded feeling of being sick, but in some of the more severe cases pregnant women my suffer from dehydration, weight loss and hypokalemia. If you notice yourself losing weight as a result of morning sickness, you should immediately consult with your primary care physician, as there may be something more serious at hand.

When WIll I Experience Morning Sickness?

This is something that frequently confuses many pregnant women. While you may assume that it’s only a condition that occurs during the morning when you first wake up, the fact is that you can experience morning sickness at any time of the day. Some pregnant women are even sick throughout the entire day, which can make everyday tasks and chores difficult to say the least.

Morning sickness generally starts around the 6th week of pregnancy and ends at 13th week; although, there are cases when it lasts for a longer period of time. By the 13th week, the sickness should begin to subside and you’ll notice at least some form of relief in terms of nausea.

There are a couple different things you can do to help treat the pain and discomfort caused by morning sickness, one of which is to eat several small meals throughout the day. With a baby growing inside you, you’re going to need extra food and nutrition. Try to get into habit of eating 6 small meals a day instead 2 or 3 large ones. Doing so will help keep your blood sugar up and hopefully reduce the effects of morning sickness. When you’re traveling in the car for long periods of time, bring a couple packs of crackers in your purse just in case.