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What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like?

Updated on May 28, 2012

What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like

It happens to every new mother-to-be. You go into work and announce you're pregnant and immediately all the women start tell you all of their horror stories about morning sickness.

Now you're getting worried. It sounds horrible! Is it really going to be that bad? How do you know who to believe? What, exactly, does morning sickness feel like?

The truth is, every woman's experience with morning sickness is different. So don't panic. And don't listen to everything you hear.

Some women never experience morning sickness. Some might feel nauseous 24-hours a day, some may feel a little fuzzy early in the morning, and some might have a different experience with each pregnancy.

Typically, morning sickness really does occur in the morning, when you first get out of bed. You may only feel lightheaded or dizzy. You may have a slightly upset tummy. And you may have to dash for the bathroom.

The idea of food makes you sick to your stomach. Aromas that you once loved - like coffee, or bacon frying, or even your favorite perfume - might make you physically ill. The sight of a plate full of eggs or chocolate pudding might make you turn a little green around the gills.

For most women, the symptoms gradually subside and toward the end of the first trimester life returns to normal. You might also experience morning sickness during your third trimester as more and more hormones are coursing through your body.

So, you see, there are a lot of 'mights and maybes' involved when you're talking about what morning sickness feels like. And you really won't know how you'll be effected until the moment arrives.

But what you can do in preparation is understand what causes morning sickness and what you can do to control the symptoms and make your pregnancy more enjoyable.

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What Causes Morning Sickness?

One of the hormones your body produces during pregnancy is called HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. This hormone causes your body to produce more progesterone which brings about necessary changes in your uterus to protect and nurture your baby.

On a side note, those blood tests or OTC pregnancy tests look for HCG to determine if you're pregnant.

With all of these additional hormones flowing through your system, it's no wonder you feel a little woozy and light-headed. But it only gets worse if you stop eating. The reason some women have such a difficult time with morning sickness is because they're not taking care of the nutritional needs of their own body or their unborn baby's body.

It's understandable that you might not feel like eating and even the smell of food makes you physically ill. But ignoring your body's nutritional needs isn't going to make you feel better. In fact, you'll probably feel even worse, and you might be endangering your health and your baby's health.

It's important for both of you that you find a way to relieve your morning sickness so you can start eating healthy meals again.

You Should Be Enjoying Your Pregnancy

Being pregnant can be stressful but it should be a good kind of stress - like the stress of choosing names and picking out a crib and shopping for baby clothes.

Many women suffer silently with morning sickness, thinking that they're just under too much stress at work or feeling guilty about complaining when this is supposed to be a happy time in their life.

A little morning sickness is normal but if you're sick all day long and you can't keep anything down, then you're endangering two lives - yours and your baby's. Don't suffer in silence when you could be enjoying one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.

It's important to let your physician know what's going on, but in most cases he's going to recommend natural remedies, instead of giving you prescription drugs that might harm the fetus.

But you've probably had your fill of soda crackers and ginger ale, right. And you don't have the luxury of spending your entire pregnancy propped up on pillows eating ice cream.

Relax. There are some wonderful, natural remedies for morning sickness these days that are much more effective than dry toast and tea.

Three Lollies Preggie Pop Drops

Many physicians will tell you that if you suck on a piece of sour candy it will help relieve your morning sickness. But traditional sour candies are either loaded with sugar or way too sour - both of which will only make you feel even worse.

Preggie Pop Drops are little pieces of sour candy you can pop into your mouth, anytime, day or night, and they'll instantly relieve you tummy troubles. Keep them in your purse, your desk or your pocket so you have them with you at all times and start enjoying your pregnancy.

What have you tried to help relieve your morning sickness?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My morning sickness is more dry heaves.. It comes first thing in the morning and if I eat too much or not enough.

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      Melissa Miotke 5 years ago from Arizona

      Sleep and pampering myself!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Morning sickness - I had it last year and I agree about light snacks, they really helped. Great lens!

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      LisaDH 5 years ago

      I had morning sickness for the entire nine months of my second pregnancy, but eating light snacks between meals helped. And it was all worth it. :-)

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      Meloramus 5 years ago

      Luckily I only had mild nausea - a bit like sea-sickness. I ate ginger biscuits to reduce the queasy sensation.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Very helpful ideas.

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      sheilamarie78 5 years ago

      Great article on morning sickness and pregnancy -- and you're right, each woman's experience, and even the same woman's experience pregnancy to pregnancy, can be very different. To everyone experiencing this, hang in there. It's all worth it.

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      Susan Deppner 5 years ago from Arkansas USA

      For me, six weeks into the pregnancy the morning sickness went away. Thank goodness! Otherwise, crackers and dry toast.