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Pregnancy Myth: Morning Sickness Only Happens in the Morning

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If you just found out you’re pregnant and are feeling queasy, you can blame morning sickness. Morning sickness is a common symptom that can actually happen any time in the first trimester of pregnancy, and some even experience it well into their 16th week of pregnancy.

Morning sickness typically is categorized as nausea, sometimes including vomiting, and can be triggered by certain scents like food, or perfume, or too much saliva. An extreme form of morning sickness, where the mother-to-be is so nauseous and unable to eat, or keep anything down that she risks becoming dehydrated, is called hyperemesis gravidarum.

A study conducted at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health in Oslo suggested "a strong influence of maternal genes" could determine if a woman may develop the condition in her pregnancy. Thanks, Mom!

In severe cases, your obstetrician or gynecologist may prescribe anti-nausea medication, or suggest taking vitamin B6 to help relieve the urge to throw up. It also may help to suck on hard candy, or pectin lozenges. Some doctors also suggest eating small, frequent (and healthy) meals to help keep the stomach busy so it won’t gurgle too much.

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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.

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