What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like? How to Treat It?

What does morning sickness feel like

Morning sickness in pregnancy affects almost 80% women around the world. It is also marked as the first sign of pregnancy by few women. Morning sickness doesn’t harm the baby, and some studies also indicate that morning sickness can be a sign of a healthy pregnancy. So what does morning sickness feel like? Read on to find out.

What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like?

Morning sickness also known as nausea/vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) is an unpleasant experience for almost every pregnant woman. In the majority of the cases, morning sickness has no health risk for the baby and is considered to be a regular part of pregnancy.

What does morning sickness feel like can be best described by a pregnant woman. It makes a women feel nauseous, and tired or dizzy while standing. Other signs and symptoms that point to the possibility of this physiological condition can be a problem in urination like dark color urine with odor, uneven patterns of urine. Often morning sickness comes along with anxiety and triggers faster heartbeats.

If symptoms are progressively getting severe, then it might lead to a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. In hyperemesis gravidarum a woman may vomit multiple times during the day, making eating or drinking difficult causing you to lose weight.

What morning sickness feels like varies from woman to woman. Every third woman feels morning sickness but may not vomit.  Most of the pregnant women say that it accentuates after the 12th week. But unfortunately for some, it is a routine throughout the pregnancy.

A few dietary changes and plenty of rest are best remedies in such  situation.  It is observed that women who receive support from their loved ones tend to overcome up faster with these sort of irregularities.

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How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

The occurrences of morning sickness go far beyond its name.  It can appear in the morning or any other time of the day. At many instances, people have even reported it at around midnight.

The pregnancy symptoms usually take place in the initial stage of pregnancy. However, it must be remembered that these symptoms come out as individual experiences and vary accordingly. The visible symptoms can be observed from the first month of pregnancy to the fifth month. And nausea, vomiting, and heartburn, fade away gradually as the pregnancy progresses.


How to Treat Morning Sickness at Home?

Feeling sick in the morning can make you feel depressed. The causes of morning sickness are not known, but hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy have proved to play a crucial role. Morning sickness can be easily treated at home and consulting a doctor is not required in most of the cases.

Now you know what morning sickness feels like, here are various home remedies that can help in treating the symptoms of morning sickness with ease:

1. Ginger

This spicy herb is a reliable home remedy for treating morning sickness or nausea in the morning. The root of this plant contains chemicals that relieve nausea and vomiting. The easiest way for the consumption of ginger is real ginger ale (non-caffeinated) or ginger tea. But the precaution to be taken here is that avoid a cup of ginger tea more than three times a day. Add a little honey to sweeten it, if required. Ginger not only helps in soothing the stomach but can also ease motion sickness.

2. Drink Plenty of Water

One of the simplest remedies for fighting morning sickness is to have a glass of water every hour. It will keep your body hydrated. Try to drink water at short intervals and in small amounts. It may result in reducing vomiting.

3. Avoid Large Meals

Refrain from having three large meals during the day. Instead, take small meals several times a day. It is because smaller meals are easier to digest and ensures that your stomach is not empty at any given point of time. Go for foods that are rich in carbohydrates or protein and low in fat. Salty foods and food containing ginger can sometimes be beneficial in reducing the feeling of morning sickness.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is a versatile herb that can be used in leaf form or dried form as a tea. Also, it can be utilized as oils for flavoring various products. Drinking peppermint tea is a common suggestion for all pregnant women as it helps in settling down the stomach. Inhaling the smell of peppermint also can have incredible effects. You can put a drop or two of peppermint oil on your handkerchief and inhale it when you start having a nauseous feeling.

5. Vitamin B6

A little extra consumption of vitamin B6 helps to combat the nausea of morning sickness. It is recommended to have 25mg of the supplement thrice a day. But before trying this remedy make sure you consult a doctor and do not exceed 75 milligrams of the vitamin in the day.


When to Seek Medical Help?

Feeling sick in the morning is common during pregnancy. The tag is a misstatement, although this morning sickness can occur at any time of the day or night. Consistent vomiting may make you dehydrated and malnourished. You should seek medical advice in the following cases:

  • If you vomit blood
  • If you have a high temperature
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Extreme weakness which makes activities like standing up difficult
  • Urinary tract infections which prevent passage of urine for more than eight hours or if you notice dark-colored urine.

Now you know what morning sickness feels like you should also know the factors responsible for it. Morning sickness is common if you have a family history of morning sickness, if it is your first pregnancy or min case of ultiple pregnancies such as twins or triplets, if you are extremely stressed.


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Dr. Mark Williams, MD

Dr. Mark Williams is a leader in alternative and integrated medicines. He is a medical writer and reviewer at Daily Health Cures. He received his medical degree in 1988. Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Daily Health Cures editorial team. He is a natural health advisor and provides a variety of alternative healing techniques in his practice.