As soon as you realize that you are pregnant, you might begin to expect morning sickness. But then, soon after it starts, you might begin to wonder, when does morning sickness end? So we have decided to tell you all you need to know about when morning sickness starts and when it ends.
Do you know that about 70-80% of pregnant women experience nausea during pregnancy? And then, 50% would experience vomiting. Nausea and vomiting are typical symptoms of morning sickness during pregnancy.
Pregnancy might not be all enjoyable. Pregnant women often experience frequent urination, back pain, nausea, and vomiting. But then, we’ll focus on morning sickness. It is usually characterized by vomiting and nausea in the morning time.
We must, however, mention that some pregnant women experience these typical ‘morning” sickness symptoms at other times of the day. Sometimes, morning sickness could be mild. And sometimes, it could be severe.
Aside from nausea, some pregnant women also develop certain food aversions or intolerance. Coffee is one common drink that many pregnant women do not tolerate. The smell of the usual morning coffee in the home might cause nausea and a general sick feeling.
Morning sickness does no harm to the child developing in your womb. Some research studies even indicate that the severity of morning sickness might have some links with lower risks of miscarriage. However, we can’t deny the fact that it is not usually a pleasant experience for pregnant women.
If you’re pregnant and you have wondered when morning sickness would end, read on. And if you want to know ahead of time, this article will help you too.
Causes of Morning Sickness
Let’s start by taking a look at the cause(s) of morning sickness. The truth is that experts are still yet to find out the exact cause. Some assume that it’s a part of the evolutionary process that helps reduce the chances of eating spoiled food when a woman is pregnant.
Another group of experts, however, believe that morning sickness could be a result of the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy. They claim that the HCG hormone seems to play some roles in causing morning sickness.
HCG increases drastically during early pregnancy. Its levels usually peak around weeks 8-10 of pregnancy. This is about the same time that morning sickness becomes most severe.
More so, conditions that cause higher HCG levels also typically cause severe pregnancy morning sickness. These conditions include molar pregnancies, Down syndrome, and twins. But then, HCG levels usually fluctuate and they do not accurately predict morning sickness severity.
So as of now, no one knows the exact biological link between HCG and morning sickness. But then, experts have developed treatment plans for morning sickness. Thankfully, neither morning sickness nor its treatment causes any harm or damage to the developing fetus.
However, severe morning sickness can cause severe emaciation (weight loss) if not well-managed. This can be dangerous for your developing fetus. So you should get medical treatment if your morning sickness symptoms are severe.
When Does Morning Sickness End?
Let’s start by saying that morning sickness often varies from one woman to another. More so, even the same woman would usually experience varying severities of morning sickness from one pregnancy to another.
Morning sickness would typically start around the middle of your first trimester. That’s usually around week 6 to week 8. It is highly unlikely that you would experience morning sickness before week 6 of pregnancy.
And if you don’t experience morning sickness before week 14, you’re not likely to experience it at all for the rest of your pregnancy. That is to say, Morning sickness usually starts between weeks 6-8 but not later than week 14.
Usually, if you experience morning sickness early on, it should end by around week 14. But if morning sickness started closer to week 14, it might persist till around week 16. However, very few pregnant women (about 10%) experience vomiting and nausea throughout pregnancy.
If you have prolonged morning sickness, you should see the doctor. Certain medications can give you much-needed relief. Some natural remedies might also help. These include B6 supplements and ginger.
If morning sickness suddenly stops earlier than week 14, you should speak with your doctor about it. It might not mean that there is any problem with your baby. But you always carry your doctor along with the changes happening during your pregnancy, especially if they are unusual.
What to Do About Prolonged Morning Sickness
As we mentioned earlier, if you have prolonged morning sickness beyond week 16, it’s unusual. So you should call the attention of your doctor to it. Although morning sickness, in itself, is not dangerous, severe vomiting further into your pregnancy might be dangerous.
Hyperemesis gravidarum is a condition that about 2% or less of pregnant women experience. In this condition, severe persistent vomiting causes severe dehydration and might warrant hospitalization. Although only a few women have this condition, it is the number 2 top reason for placing pregnant women on hospital admission.
Most times, people who have prolonged morning sickness get through with it before the 20th week or their pregnancy. But in about one out of five of these cases, morning sickness persists until when the baby is delivered.
If you had prolonged morning sickness once, then you’re likely to have it when you get pregnant again. But then, there are a few other factors that could put you at more risk. These include:
- Family history due to genetic predisposition
- Pregnancy during younger years
- First-time pregnancy
- Multiple pregnancies, like carrying twins, triplets, or higher-orders
- Being overweight or obese
- History of motion sickness or migraines
Some experts also say that carrying a girl usually causes more severe or sometimes prolonged morning sickness. However, your experience with morning sickness is not an accurate indicator of your baby’s gender.
When does morning sickness end? It ends usually around weeks 14-16 of pregnancy. If it extends beyond this time, you should let your doctor know.