What is morning sickness?

11 Sep 2018

Anyone who's suffered from severe morning sickness will agree that the term ‘morning’ is a misnomer, since it's not just in the morning that nausea can strike. It can hit at any time of the day and sometimes lasts all day long!

What makes it worse is that the nausea can range from a few days of mild queasiness to frequent vomiting that goes on for months.

We have all probably heard of someone who has experiences morning sickness, however, do you know what it is and what causes this disturbing pregnancy side effect? Morning sickness is caused by a combination of a drop in blood sugar levels and/or fluctuating pregnancy hormones and usually begins about six weeks after the last menstrual period. Experiencing morning sickness, however, is actually an indication of a healthy pregnancy and should subside around 14 weeks or so. Some women may experience morning sickness throughout their pregnancy or towards the last few weeks of the pregnancy as well.

Morning sickness is not the only side effect of pregnancy. Some women find their sense of taste and smell becomes heightened and may become ill at the smell of items that previously did not bother them, while others report a sudden aversion to foods or flavours they previously enjoyed. Having a metallic taste in the mouth or feeling slightly sick and ravenously hungry at the same time are also common side effects.  

Unfortunately, there’s no one miracle cure for morning sickness, but it’s important to remember that this is simply a phase which is opening up a whole new and exciting world for you and your loved ones.

This is simply an informative article, and should you have any questions or concerns relating to morning sickness, consult a medical professional.