What causes morning sickness?
Not all pregnant women experience morning sickness. Some have only occasional moments when they feel quesy but never actually vomit, others vomit occasionally, and others vomit frequently and feel quesy a lot. What causes morning sickness? Several factors can come into play.
*First-time pregnancy- Morning sickness is more common and tends to be severe in first pregnancies. Both physical and emotional factors may be involved. Since your body has never been pregnant before, the body is less prepared for the onslaught of hormones and other changes that it is experiencing. Emotionally, first time pregnancies are more likely to be subject to the kinds of anxieties that can turn a stomach- while women in a second or third pregnancy may be distracted from their nausea by the demands of caring for older children.
* Hormone levels- Higher than average levels can increase morning sickness; lower levels may eliminate or minimize it. The high level of the hormone hCG in the blood in the first trimester, elevated estrogen levels and the relative relaxation of muscle tissue in the digestive tract (which makes digestion more difficult).
* Stress- It's known that stress can trigger stomach upset, so it's not surprising that symptoms of morning sickness tend to worsen when higher stress levels are in motion.
* Fatigue- Physical or mental fatigue can also worsen the symptoms of morning sickness and of course, severe morning sickness can increase fatigue.
* Sensitivity- Some brains are more sensitive to others, which means they are more likely to respond to hormones and other triggers of morning sickness. Some people tend to feel quesy normally more than others. For instance, if you are the type of person that gets carsick easily when you are not pregnant, you will be more prone to morning sickness.
Again, every women's body is different so what causes morning sickness in one person but not another can be difficult to determine. Approximately 75% of women suffer from morning sickness while pregnant. (Note: Just because it is titled morning sickness doesn't necessarily mean that you will only feel sick in the morning- You may feel it any time of the day or night).
Many women lose weight in the first trimester of their pregnancies because of the constant vomiting. That is normal. The good news is that morning sickness usually doesn't last longer than the first 14 weeks. Also, don't fear about harming your baby by not being able to hold food down while experiencing morning sickness. During the first trimester, your baby's needs are miniscule. The baby is barely the size of a pea so they aren't being harmed.
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