Our experts at Vitamin & Me are also mothers, and we know a thing or two – first hand – about morning sickness. It’s more common than you might think, but can be normal. Keeping your nutrition and hydration in check is key. But when it becomes too frequent, it might be time to have a chat with your doctor. Here are a few things you need to know.It is no secret that nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are very common- and it can be morning, noon and night sickness that lasts the whole pregnancy. Most pregnant women experience nausea, and half experience vomiting. Maybe you take this as a good sign as some studies associate morning sickness with a healthy pregnancy.

Typically, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are not dangerous for your baby. Even with the most extreme form of nausea and vomiting, as long as it’s treated early, babies don’t have any kind of problems. Read out our blog to keep mom healthy and happy while her pregnancy.

What causes morning sickness?

It’s not known exactly, but the hormones HCG and estrogen are said to trigger it.

How long does it last?

Nausea and vomiting can begin as early as 4 weeks of pregnancy. This condition usually peaks around 8 weeks. For most women, it subsides after the 1st trimester i.e. 14 weeks. Although, for the 10% of moms this condition can last the whole pregnancy. Let your nurse or doctor know when you’re experiencing it.

How do you cope with morning sickness?

Avoid smells or taste that trigger your reaction. Try eating small, frequent meals and bland, high-protein snacks and dry foods. Ginger in all forms helps in nausea. Your healthcare provider may also prescribe you medicines with no increase in birth defects or pregnancy problems.

If nothing relieves your symptoms and you’re not able to even eat or drink, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum. Signs mainly include several times a day nausea and vomiting, dehydration and dangerous weight loss.

Just like the morning sickness conditions, hyperemesis gravidarum also goes away after the 1st trimester but may continue to very few pregnant women. If you think that if you may have this extreme form, let your doctor know away.

Written by Editorial Team for The Healthy Moms Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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