How long does morning sickness last?

April 15, 2016

Morning sickness is supposed to strike in the morning but, as many pregnant women will attest, it can occur at any moment, day or night. Certain things, like the smell of a specific food or perfume, can trigger the nausea without warning, leading to an upset tummy and even vomiting. This makes it tricky to keep food down, which in turn can lead to a loss of enery, irritability and general malaise.

As a very general rule morning sickness starts at around week 6 of pregnancy and lasts until about week 14. Hopefully, by the end of your first trimester it will have cleared up on its own and you'll be free to enjoy the remainder of your pregnancy (until the swollen ankles and frequent night-time visits to the bathroom kick in). However, for some women their pregnancy sickness can continue for much longer and it can be very difficult to deal with.

Managing your morning sickness can help to keep it under control. Here are a few ways to combat nausea in pregnancy:

  1. Avoid fragrances and foods that you know are triggers to your morning sickness. Get your other half to change his cologne if you have to!
  2. Eat smaller, cold meals throughout the day rather than big hot meals that could make your nausea worse.
  3. Don't eat spicy or rich foods. Fatty and hot snacks are a recipe for an upset stomach.
  4. Drink lots of water to stay hydrated. If you really can't seems to keep anything down make sure you drink plenty of fluids at the very least. Sip on water throughout the day to keep your intake up.
  5. Get as much rest as you can. Feeling tired can make nausea come on stronger.

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