Morning sickness is often the first signs that a woman looks for when she suspects herself to be pregnant. It is said that from 50 to 80 percent pregnant women experience morning sickness during their pregnancy.
So, when does the morning sickness start and how long does it last, what are the best ways to relieve morning sickness? Here's an answer to that!
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When Does The Morning Sickness Start?
Although it can vary from woman to woman, the symptoms of morning sickness usually start around the four to six-week mark into the pregnancy or around the time you miss your period. It is characterized by unexplained nausea often resulting in vomiting.
It is important to note that no two women and two pregnancies are the same. While some only see the symptoms later in their first trimester, some might not see the symptoms at all.
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How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?
In most cases, the appetite starts returning to normal somewhere around the 12th week of the pregnancy and by the 16th week, most of the symptoms are gone. However, there is no certainty here either. Some women may also suffer morning sickness during the entire duration of the pregnancy.
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What Are The Causes Of Morning Sickness?
Though there could be different causes of morning sickness, estrogen, the primary female sex hormone, is believed to be its main cause. During the first trimester of the pregnancy, estrogen level suddenly rises and/or fluctuates, which results in several changes in a woman’s body like the sense of smell. Morning sickness may also be linked to surge in the level of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone in the body.
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Is It Dangerous?
While most mothers-to-be experience unpleasant but manageable symptoms of morning sickness, for some it can be a little severe with them being unable to keep down any food or liquid at all. This is usually the case with pregnant women who are carrying twins as their body produces more hormones than those expecting a single baby.
If you have abdominal pain, haven’t urinated in eight hours or it was dark in color, feel dizzy, have high body temperature or are vomiting blood, then you should reach out to your obstetrician quickly.
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How To Treat It?
There are several methods through which you can control the symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy. While drinking lemon water or inhaling the scent of peppermint essential oil are two tricks you can try at home, you can also ask your consulting doctor to prescribe you anti-nausea medication or vitamin B6 supplements to control the symptoms.
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