Obstetrics

Coping with Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy affect more than 80% of women. They're told it's normal. It will pass. It's a small consolation when you feel flu-like symptoms morning, noon, or night for weeks on end. "Morning sickness" is typically a first trimester discomfort, only sometimes lasting into the second or third trimester.

The symptoms are caused primarily by pregnancy-related hormones which heighten a woman's sensory response, particularly to smell. A sluggish, digestive system only adds to the problem.

Being aware of what triggers that wave of nausea will help you cope with the responses.

Among the Common Culprits:

  • Hot weather, warm or stuffy rooms
  • Avoiding food or eating too much
  • Fatigue and stress
  • Bright light, noise, or motion