Morning sickness is a term used to identify nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Calling it morning sickness seems unfair because the symptoms can last for well beyond the morning.
A large percentage of expectant mothers experience the problem. Morning sickness can start around the four week mark of pregnancy with symptoms worsening over the course of an additional four weeks.
It is still unclear what exactly causes morning sickness to occur. However, most clinicians agree on the fact that this might be a natural reaction to hormonal changes and, particularly, a response to increased levels of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG or ‘pregnancy hormone’.)
Vomiting and nausea are the most common symptoms of morning sickness. Mothers-to-be can develop further symptoms given that bouts of morning sickness can leave them tired and depleted of energy.
Stress may factor in to the symptoms of morning sickness given the physical and mental changes to the body taking place over the course of a pregnancy.
Treatment may only be necessary if the conditions associated with morning sickness are a result of possible further medical problems. Healthcare providers recommend taking the following steps to alleviate and possibly avoid morning sickness symptoms: