Morning sickness and nausea affect about 2/3 of pregnant women, usually in the early stages of their pregnancy. However, it is different for each and every woman who experiences morning sickness. For some they have it on and off all through their pregnancy (or more on then off). For others they don't ever deal with it or only have to deal with it once or twice throughout their pregnancies. It isn't something that anyone yet knows how to predict.
Morning sickness is caused (at least we think it is caused) from rapid changes in hormones that happen throughout the pregnancy. This usually occurs during the first trimester and women usually complain about having to deal with it in weeks four to fourteen.
What Does Morning Sickness Include.
Because many symptoms of pregnancy exist, most only include actually being sick and nauseated as morning sickness. However, pregnant women also experience headaches and tiredness or fatigue during the first trimester (and sometimes later then that).
While still coined "morning" sickness, that doesn't mean that it is going to happen in the morning, or just in the morning. Sometimes it happens in the evening, or anytime during the day. Foods and smells may trigger it, or riding in the car. It isn't limited to the morning, and you aren't odd if you experience morning sickness at odd times of the day.
It Does Happen...
Sometimes it does happen that a woman will experience morning sickness through her entire period. Usually there are times when it is worse then others, or it lightens up over the course of the pregnancy.
Tips to Remember.
There are a few things you need to remember when dealing with morning sickness. First, don't skip meals or stop drinking because of morning sickness. It is important that you are eating plenty for you and the baby, drinking 8+ glasses of water a day, and milk as well. Skipping out because you don't feel good can make you feel worse and is bad for your health and the health of your baby.
Ways to Help Calm Morning Sickness.
Ultimately calming morning sickness is different for each person, but here are a few suggestions. Ginger can help to calm the stomach. You can try ginger ale (check for real ginger content) and ginger snaps to begin with. These usually have enough ginger to get the job done (at least temporarily). Avoid foods that bother you or smells that cause you to be nauseous. Try crackers it can help. Keep a snack with you at all times so you can much when necessary. Water is also a good thing to carry with you. You can also try the pressure point bands used with motion sickness. These can help some women.
No matter how you feel now, it will go away. Just go with the flow and meet each new day as it comes to you. Think about the beautiful life that grows with in you and how you are working hard to take care of him or her even now. Talk with him or her, even when you are feeling sick, or maybe even more so when you are feeling sick. This too will pass.