One of the most famous pregnancy ailments is morning sickness. It is called morning sickness because women are especially nauseous in the morning (probably because the stomach is completely empty), but in principle this is not the right term. Many women will tell you that the nausea is certainly not just in the morning. That is why it is also called morning sickness. About 60 to 80% of pregnant women suffer from this. In this blog more information about morning sickness, why it is a good sign and of course we have a number tips against nausea for you!
Morning sickness is a good sign!
To give you a heart already: morning sickness is a good sign! Although the direct cause has not yet been scientifically proven, there are strong suspicions that the nausea is also caused by the hCG hormone and the increase of estrogen in the body.
Why morning sickness is a good sign? It indicates that your body is working hard to have your baby develop by producing hormones. Do you belong to 20 to 25% of the women who do not suffer from this? Do not worry, but praise yourself very happy! Some women suffer more from this than others.
From when sick during pregnancy?
The suspicion that the hCG hormone in particular is responsible for morning sickness is because women are most nauseous when this hormone reaches a peak. Shortly after fertilization your body starts working immediately and a lot of hCG is produced. Every 48 to 72 hours the hCG values double!
This means that you can suffer from morning sickness soon after fertilization. It is therefore, in addition to the absence of menstruation, one of the first signs that you are in good expectation. And a first indication when you still doubt whether you are really pregnant.
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How long do you continue to suffer from morning nausea?
If you have a lot of problems with it, you have a lot of trouble with it. Unfortunately, morning sickness is not something that is gone after a week. Only after 4 months (if you are 15 or 16 weeks pregnant) will the hCG levels in your body decrease again. Many women therefore notice that the nausea decreases.
Tips against morning sickness
The nausea during pregnancy may not be immediate, but you can do a number of things to minimize the impact:
- Take something to eat and drink in the morning like a cracker or rice cake.
- Eat small meals regularly in a day.
- Try to ensure that you do not have an empty stomach, which can increase nausea.
- Avoid eating fat, spicy, sour or heavy food as much as possible, your stomach will probably not stand up to that.
- Cola, ginger tea and broth seems to help against nausea.
Morning sickness is very annoying, but in most cases it is still 'to do'. But some women are so troubled by this that they severely lose weight, suffer from dehydration (dark urine or no urine) and abdominal pain. In addition, nausea also keeps the entire pregnancy. In that case you can suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum a terrible condition that really needs treatment. Read more about hyperemesis gravidarum here.
Predict the sex of your baby?
Can you not wait until the 20 weeks ultrasound and do you want to know the sex of your baby before? There are various methods for finding out, or at least trying. It is still questionable whether these methods are reliable. Probably not, but of course you can always try it. If only because it is fun!
For example, take the Chinese gender calendar (very easy method) or try to predict the sex of your baby on the basis of your hair, skin, navel and breasts, legs, buttocks. Curious? Read here how you can predict the sex of your baby (or an attempt at)!
Maybe a boy does more morning sickness during pregnancy than a girl ?!