Morning sickness: It’s one of the first things associated with pregnancy as well as one of the most unpleasant. (As if swollen breasts, constant exhaustion, and mood swings weren’t quite enough!)
Pregnancy morning sickness symptoms are easy to spot, but morning sickness remedies aren’t always as easy to come by. “Most women will experience nausea and vomiting during their pregnancy and although it is most common in the morning, it doesn’t only happen during those hours,” says Mary Rosser, M.D. at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York.
What’s less clear is the cause. Experts aren’t entirely sure why morning sickness happens, but it may be related to changes in the pregnancy hormone hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), Rosser says. Over the first 8 weeks of your pregnancy, your hCG hormone levels rise and then decline. Since nausea tends to die off at the same time hCG levels drop, doctors correlate the two as cause and effect.
Everyone has a different pregnancy morning sickness experience, women generally start to see relief by weeks 12 to 14. If that’s still a ways off for you, here’s some morning sickness remedies that just might help.