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What Does Morning Sickness Feel Like?

When Does It Start?

According to health care professionals, nearly 90% of women experience morning sickness. Most women start to experience morning sickness at the first trimester of pregnancy. Morning sickness ideally starts on the sixth week of pregnancy. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, you will start to experience morning sickness
three weeks after conception.

First Signs

Morning sickness is associated with
nausea and vomiting. As a matter of fact, morning sickness is the first presumptive sign of pregnancy. You will feel nauseated early in the morning followed by vomiting. The term morning sickness is a misnomer for you can actually experience vomiting anytime of the day. Aversion to smell is one of the common signs of morning sickness. A woman experiences sudden aversion to specific smells including cigarette smoke, coffee, alcohol, and the like. Vomiting is always a common sign, but nausea is not always there and can be easily managed.

Early Pregnancy Symptoms

Early pregnancy symptoms can be felt and observed even before your pregnancy test result becomes positive. Some of the common early presumptive signs of pregnancy are nausea with or without vomiting, unusual increase in appetite, frequent urination, sensitivity to smell, sleepiness, easy irritability, tenderness in the breasts, constipation and or diarrhea, hot flushes, spotting, and feeling lethargic.


Nausea associated with pregnancy makes you feel sick. A pregnant woman experiences nausea until the end of first three months of pregnancy. Some women experience nausea up to the fifth month of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and you don't feel nauseated, then do not worry because
some pregnant women just don't experience it at all at any stage of pregnancy. Nausea during pregnancy is associated with hormonal imbalances that occur during pregnancy. It is linked to sudden spike in progesterone; a woman hormone responsible in relaxing the uterus.

Stomach Cramps

Stomach cramps can be felt as the pregnancy advances. The stomach cramp is somewhat similar to menstrual cramp. Pregnancy cramp is caused by pressure on the walls of the uterus due to the growing fetus. As the pregnancy goes on, the cramps can be felt in the stomach and abdomen. The pregnancy cramp is also associated with hormonal imbalances that take place during pregnancy. However, you should be very careful with stomach cramps. Severe stomach cramps
can be a danger sign of pregnancy. If the cramp gets too intense, then it is best to consult your OB/GYN so that proper treatment can be initiated. Continued below....

Morning sickness is a part of pregnancy. Some women experience intense morning sickness, while others don't experience it at all. Morning sickness is medically known as nausea gravidarum, which pertains to nausea with or without vomiting during pregnancy. This condition is linked to hormonal imbalances that occur during pregnancy. There are various reasons for morning sickness such estrogen imbalance, hypoglycemia or low blood sugar, increase in hormone progesterone, and spike in HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin.

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Some pregnant women don't experience diarrhea, but there are those unlucky ones experiencing mild to severe diarrhea. The diarrhea is
linked to food sensitivity that occurs during pregnancy. If you have mild diarrhea, then you are advised to increase your fluid intake especially water and natural juices. On the other hand, if you are experiencing moderate to severe diarrhea, then you should consult your primary care physician so that proper treatment and care will be rendered.


A lot of women are experiencing heartburn during pregnancy. Heartburn is characterized by burning sensation, which goes down to the lower throat. The theory for heartburn during pregnancy is yield with the relaxation of stomach and esophagus. When the sphincter muscle is in its relax mode, the foods refluxes up to the esophagus and throat. Heartburn is really
not a serious thing, but if it starts to annoy you, then there are quick remedies for heartburn. Avoid eating foods that can trigger heartburn attack. Do not chew gum right after meal. Do not eat big meals. The best thing to do to eliminate heartburn is to have small frequent feeding.

How Long Does It Last?

The pregnancy symptoms usually take place during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, you must remember that pregnancy symptoms are not similar to all. It varies in frequency, intensity, and duration. The visible signs of pregnancy can be felt and observed during the first month
up to the fifth month. As the pregnancy progresses, nausea, vomiting, and heartburn gradually fades away. Easy irritability, lethargy, and aversion to smell also go away, especially if you are on your second to third trimester of pregnancy. If the pregnancy symptoms go beyond the normal, then it is best to consult your primary care physician to avoid any further complications. As the popular saying goes, prevention is always better than cure. A regular prenatal visit will help eliminate unwanted signs of pregnancy.