I was one of the lucky ones. When I was pregnant with my
daughter my cookies just rumbled in my belly, I did not toss them, be it
morning, noon or night. But I have had plenty of pregnant friends who, in the midst
of a chat, while driving on a particularly windy road or at the whiff of fish, will
throw up every last morsel of food in their stomach.
This week we are all reminded, pregnant
or not, of the trials and tribulations of morning sickness. Not only is Kate Middleton aka Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, expecting her second royal baby, but she, again, has been struck with
severe morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum).
Now whether you are going through, have gone through or may
someday soon go through the stomach-turning body event that is morning
sickness, here are six things you should know.
1. It is Morning, Noon AND Night Sickness.
It is not morning sickness, it is any time of day sickness. But for many, they
seem to have the queasiness in the mornings, after they wake, than other times
of the day.
2. Morning Sickness Is Temporary.
Morning sickness generally only plagues women in the first four to six weeks of
their pregnancy, although it is not uncommon for it to continue into the fourth
month. If a woman has morning sickness beyond that, it can be due to being
pregnant with more than one child.
There is no exact scientific explanation to why morning sickness occurs, but it
is believed that it is due to elevated hormone levels (like progesterone,
oestrogen and human chorionic gonadotropin).
5. If You Have Really Bad Morning Sickness That
Does Not Mean You Are Having a Girl
It's been said that if a woman has bad morning sickness, then odds are that she
will give birth to a baby girl. Although there is a very slight increase of
girls being born to women who have suffered through intense morning sickness,
the odds are still about 50/50.
6. You May Feel Like Something Is Wrong But It's
Experiencing morning sickness may feel akin to being stuck with a horrible
illness, but it does not mean that something is wrong. Most of the time it
means that everything is just right. Your body is changing and getting ready to
carry and nourish a living thing — your baby. And while you may feel like your
stomach will leap out of your body, generally morning sickness will not harm
you or your baby (just make sure you are getting nourishment and drinking
Did you experience morning sickness? How bad was it?