Morning sickness. The universal pregnancy experience. Perhaps the mere mention of it made your stomach turn. You likely have a lot of questions—the biggest one being, how long will this last? You may even be wondering if abortion could stop your symptoms.
In this article, we’ll explore how long morning sickness lasts, how to alleviate your symptoms, and what to do in extreme cases. Keep reading to learn more!
What is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is a condition that causes nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. It’s very common, affecting up to 70% of women in the first trimester.
Unfortunately, despite the name, it can occur at any point during the day. Many women snack or sip ginger ale throughout the day to alleviate their symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Morning Sickness?
Nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite are some of the most common symptoms of morning sickness. Some women describe the feeling of morning sickness as:
- Hunger pains
- Something stuck in their throat
- Motion sickness or seasickness
- Reflux or heartburn
Medical experts aren’t sure what causes morning sickness but believe it’s a combination of changes in:
- Blood pressure
- Blood sugar
- Pregnancy hormones, such as human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG)
Does Morning Sickness Go Away After Abortion?
If this pregnancy is unplanned, staring down the next nine months can feel overwhelming. You may be wondering if abortion could put an immediate stop to your morning sickness.
Unfortunately, morning sickness won’t immediately go away after a surgical abortion. Your hormones may take a while to regulate after an abortion (whether chemical or surgical), causing the nausea to linger.
Pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and vomiting can take up to three days to go away after a surgical abortion. Additionally, one of the main side effects of the abortion pill is nausea, which can be severe. If you take the wrong dosage, the nausea can last up to a week and you may need medical treatment to stop it.
If you’re considering abortion, it’s crucial to get all the facts. Mid Cities Women’s Clinic offers abortion information, so you can make the best decision for your health and future!
What Helps With Morning Sickness?
Fortunately, there are many ways to alleviate morning sickness at home. Simple diet and lifestyle changes can make all the difference in the world! Doctors suggest that you:
- Get plenty of rest.
- Step outside for fresh air often and keep rooms well-ventilated.
- Take all vitamins with food.
- Eat a slice of toast or a few crackers first thing in the morning to settle your stomach.
- Drink a carbonated beverage such as Ginger Ale to settle your stomach.
- Snack on protein-rich food between meals (such as cheese, yogurt, and peanut butter).
- Keep snacks on hand when you leave the house.
- Eat bland foods (such as dry toast, bananas, and applesauce). Avoid spicy, fatty foods.
- Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeinated beverages.
When Does Morning Sickness Start?
Morning sickness can begin as early as six weeks of pregnancy, with most women experiencing it before nine weeks. Typically, morning sickness feels the worst around 8 to 10 weeks, but this can vary.
How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?
It depends. Usually, morning sickness only lasts for the first trimester, but symptoms can linger into the second trimester. In rare cases, morning sickness can last throughout the entire pregnancy.
On a day-to-day basis, morning sickness should only last for a short time, with occasional vomiting. However, some women experience a severe form of morning sickness called hyperemesis gravidarum. Symptoms include:
- Nausea that lasts for several hours
- Inability to keep food or water down
- Vomiting more than three times a day
- Extreme weight loss (10 or more pounds)
- Severe dehydration
What to Do in Cases of Severe Morning Sickness
While morning sickness is normal, hyperemesis gravidarum should not go untreated. Prolonged nausea and vomiting can keep you from getting the nutrients you need and negatively affect the baby’s birth weight.
Reach out to your doctor right away if you think you may be experiencing hyperemesis gravidarum. You may need to receive medical treatment to replenish your fluids, as well as medication to alleviate the nausea.
Free Pregnancy Services in Euless, TX
Morning sickness is never fun, whether the pregnancy was planned or not. Mid Cities Women’s Clinic is here to provide the care and support you deserve! We offer:
- Free pregnancy services
- Community resources and referrals
- A safe place to ask questions and process your emotions
Call us at (817) 577-4387 or schedule your appointment online today. All services are free and confidential!
Please be aware that Mid Cities Women’s Clinic does not provide or refer for abortion services.
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