Finding yourself wondering why it's called morning sickness when it happens all day? You’re not alone, around half to two thirds of pregnant women experience morning sickness during their pregnancy.
Most commonly in the first trimester around the 6 week mark, and especially at week 8 as that is when your hormones are changing rapidly, however it can continue longer or start earlier for some women. Sometimes pregnancy isn't all joy and happiness in those first few weeks, you're not alone if you feel this way.
The more severe form of morning sickness which some celebrities have suffered from Eg Kate Middleton is Hyperemesis Gravidarum; Severe vomiting, nausea, weight loss and potentially dehydration. It's quite rare and is estimated to affect up to 2% of pregnant women.
Why do you get morning sickness? Some possible causes are changes in your hormones during pregnancy especially a rise in Oestrogen, blood pressure fluctuations or changes in the way your carbohydrates are metabolised.
Some of the symptoms other than nausea and vomiting can also be loss of appetite, depression and anxiety.
Try these tips to reduce your morning sickness:
The act of vomiting causes no harm to your foetus, however the prolonged dehydration and lack of nutrition can. In which case if you’re vomiting and it won’t stop contact your health care provider.
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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