Dr. MJ Bazos MD,
What is morning
Morning sickness is the nausea and vomiting that
some women have when they become pregnant. It is caused by the sudden increase
in hormones during pregnancy. Although morning sickness is more common in the
morning, it can last all day for some women.
How long will
morning sickness last?
Morning sickness is very common early in a
pregnancy. It tends to go away later in pregnancy, and it's almost always gone
by the second trimester (the fourth month). But there isn't a set time to say it
will stop because each woman is different, and each pregnancy is
sickness hurt my baby?
It shouldn't. Morning sickness can become more
of a problem if you can't keep any foods or fluids down and begin to lose a lot
of weight. Many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign because it means
the afterbirth (the placenta and fetal membranes) is developing
Tips to relieve
The tips below may help reduce morning
- Eat small meals throughout the day so that you're
never too full or too hungry.
- Avoid rich, fatty foods.
- Avoid foods with smells that bother you.
- Eat more carbohydrates (plain baked potato, white
rice, dry toast).
- Eat saltine crackers and other bland foods when
you feel nauseous.
- Try gelatin desserts (Jell-O), flavored frozen
desserts (popsicles), chicken broths, ginger ale (nondiet), sugared
decaffeinated or herbal teas, and pretzels.
- The iron in prenatal vitamins can bother some
women. If you think your morning sickness is related to your vitamins, talk with
your doctor and he or she may change your vitmains.
- Wearing "acupressure" wrist bands, which are
sometimes used by passengers on boats to prevent sea sickness, may help some
women who have morning sickness. You can buy the bands at boating stores or
If these tips
don't give you relief from morning sickness, your doctor may have other ideas.
Keep in mind that morning sickness doesn't mean your baby is