Pregnancy and the nausea associated with morning sickness also known as emesis gravidarum, unfortunately go together for around 80% of women. Many women dread the thought of being sick, but its sometimes just part and parcel of maternity. Pregnancy related nausea can start at any time of the day, not just in the morning, though morning sickness is the most common form, you can suffer at any time of the day, morning, noon or night. Some women suffer in the first trimester whilst others only at the end of the third trimester. There doesn't appear to be any form of correlation between nausea in the mother and the health of the baby.
Pregnancy nausea typically starts at week two of pregnancy, and usually passes after around week fourteen. Morning sickness can result in actual vomitting though this is not by any means always the case. Many women report only minor symptoms.
There are various treatments available, which fortunately do not involve taking presciption drugs, these common ones include salted crackers these work by absorbing fluids in the stomach, eating lemons, bananas, and breaking the usual three meals per day up into multiple smaller meals. Ginger ale and cabbage are also effective to some degree., though there are suggestions that ginger ale may not be adviseable.
Another significant factor is the amount of sleep a women gets, the more sleep she has, the less severe morning sickness tends to be. If you are suffering from morning sickness, try to go to bed earlier and get up a little later, even relatively small changes in your regular sleep pattern can make a difference. If a small change does not work, then try increasing your bed rest by more hours.
Its thought that morning sickness evolved as a mechanism to protect the developing baby from toxins the mother might consume, an adult woman has a robust immune system, but a fetus is vulnerable to toxins in certain foods, so the smells of potential harmful foods makes the mother feel ill, leading her to avoid consuming them. There is a good evidence to suggest a close correlation between the susceptibility of the fetus to toxins and the time during pregnancy that the mother is most vulnerable to morning sickness. Your fetus is most vulnerable during week two through to week fourteen of pregnancy.
Drugs are available to treat the condition, but as with any medicine during pregnancy, its better if at all possible to avoid any, and to seek medical guidance if avoidance is not an option. It is worth putting up a short period of sickness as your child may suffer long term and the health implications for them will be much greater than for you.
Pregnancy is a most wonderful time and it is possible to manage the symptons of morning sickness, its also worth noting that every pregnancy is different and a woman suffer during one pregnancy, but hardly at all during the next. As discussed often the best solution is to increase rest and vary your diet, if all else fails try and grin and bear it, the fist trimester passes so quickly in any case.