The experience of being pregnant will be one of the most amazing times in the life of many woman. This experience is often diminished though due to the common side effects, like vomiting and nausea, which often accompany pregnancy. The various symptoms of morning sickness are relatively common as an estimated 70-85% of pregnant women are likely to have nausea during their pregnancy. While having this knowledge doesn’t make it any easier when it is happening to you, it might at least put into perspective that being pregnant and vomiting is not uncommon. It might also help to know that it not likely to be an issue for your health, or the health of your unborn child, in the longer term.
What we know as morning sickness is medically defined as “nausea and vomiting of pregnancy” (NVP). While the condition often occurs more noticeably in the mornings, it could really affect you at any time of the day. If you are pregnant and vomiting then you are clearly going to be in some pain and distress. Sometimes the problem will seem a lot worse if you get no respite from it or if it continues later into pregnancy. The nausea will often commence about the sixth week of your pregnancy and this might still be a time that you are keeping the pregnancy a secret. This can obviously create even more stress for you as it can be difficult to hide your vomiting from work colleagues or your friends.
Morning sickness generally lasts until the end of your first trimester although this can vary from person to person. There will be some women that suffer nausea for another two months and even a small percentage that have to put up with it until they actually give birth. Everyone will have a different perspective and experience. While someone might have just a slight bit of queasiness now and again, others might have consistent vomiting that completely disrupts their whole life.
Despite numerous studies and untold theories, there is no clear cause for morning sickness. However, all the relevant studies confirm that morning sickness is not a long term threat to the health of your baby. The studies show that women who have pregnant vomiting have babies that are as developed and healthy as those from mothers that were lucky enough not to have any morning sickness symptoms.
So while the issue of pregnant vomiting is not necessarily a serious or long term problem, it doesn’t mean that you have suffer indefinitely. Various types of treatment are available including home and natural remedies that can easily be implemented to reduce the impact of any symptoms.
If you are ever concerned about your nausea, or your health in general, then make sure that you see a medical professional as soon as possible. This is particularly important if the nausea and vomiting extends late into the pregnancy. You need to be sure that both you and the baby are not missing the key nutrients normally obtained from liquids and foods. The doctor will investigate to rule out any other issues that might be causing your continued vomiting. They will also ensure that you do not have a serious but relatively uncommon condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. This is basically the term used to describe excessive vomiting of pregnant women. It is applied when a women develops severe vomiting and has lost more than 5% of their normal weight. This condition only applies to a very small percentage of pregnant women so should not be something that you will have to concern yourself with.
Being pregnant but vomiting or nauseous is clearly no fun and is likely to be a major source of distress for a lot of pregnant women. Try to take action to reduce your symptoms and stay positive by thinking ahead to what it will be like when you are feeling healthy again.