Dr. Szmuc describes morning sickness and shares how long women can expect this to last. He also explains if morning sickness in the second trimester indicates a problem with the pregnancy.
Morning sickness is a condition many patients in pregnancy experience in the first trimester. It is because of the rapidly growing baby, uterus, placenta and hormones, and unfortunately some women do experience nausea and/or vomiting throughout different times of the day.
Some women have this every day, some throughout the day, some only in the morning, some only in the evening. Every lady is an individual when that does occur.
Morning sickness lasts, for the typical woman who does get it, about 12 to 14 weeks along from your last period. Not everybody gets morning sickness, but of the patients that do, once you are getting into the second trimester the hormones that cause the morning sickness start to decrease and one feels better.
Unfortunately, there’s a small subset of patients who will get, and continue with the morning sickness for several weeks to months after that and we would just have to deal with that.
The morning sickness that continues after 12 weeks typically doesn’t mean anything else is wrong, as long as we have seen the baby on the ultrasound, we have done appropriate blood testing, including your thyroid gland, making sure also that you don’t have multiples.
Twins, triplets can lead to morning sickness that continues for several months after that.
About Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.:
Dr. Edward D. Szmuc, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., is board certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is a Fellow of American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Banner Desert Medical Center in Tempe, Arizona. Dr. Szmuc earned his M.D. from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo and completed his residency at Boston University School of Medicine in Massachusetts.