As you probably figured out, morning sickness symptoms are different for every woman. They can include a wide variety of symptoms that are anything but pleasant. What are typical morning nausea symptoms and what causes morning sickness?
Morning Sickness Symptoms
The clinical term for morning sickness is “nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.” It sounds very fun, doesn’t it? The reason that the clinical name for morning sickness isn’t more exciting is that it boils down to nausea and vomiting.
Nausea experienced during pregnancy can range from mild to extreme. If you’re lucky, you are just a little bit queasy during the mornings. If you’re one of the unlucky lung ones, like I was, then your nausea causes vomiting all the time.
1. Increased Sense of Smell
Women often in experience an increased sense of smell during pregnancy. This heightened sense of smell can contribute to nausea encountered with morning sickness symptoms. I remember when I was pregnant I could not go grocery shopping because the mix of smells made me vomit.
I could smell everything. Trust me, you don’t want to be able to smell everything, it’s a horrible superpower.
2. Decreased Appetite
Another symptom that goes along with nausea and vomiting associated with morning nausea is a decreased appetite. Many women find that the smell of food is disgusting.
Others find that they can only tolerate one or two bites of food before their stomach begins to turn. If you experience decreased appetite during your first trimester it could be because of your nausea.
For some women, fatigue can cause nausea. In cases where nausea causes extreme fatigue, it is not uncommon to see higher amounts of vomiting. Getting plenty of rest is vital when dealing with fatigue as a morning sickness symptom.
It is not advised to use things like caffeine to get through the fatigue.
If you’re working, find a quiet place to rest for five minutes when you’re nauseous. You may find that this little bit of downtime helps with your sickness in the morning.
4. Weight Loss
One extreme symptom of morning sickness is weight loss.
Up to 50% of women have weight loss during their first trimester. Most of these women contribute that weight loss to morning sickness. It is not uncommon for women to lose 5 to 10 pounds during the first trimester because of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.
As far as morning sickness symptoms are concerned, weight loss during pregnancy is one of the most severe effects.
The sense of balance is essential to feeling stable. If you always feel like you’re going to fall, then it is easy to see how that can make you nauseous.
Heartburn is one of the symptoms of acid reflux and could be one of the contributing factors to morning sickness.
Indigestion or esophageal reflux (GERD) occur when this stomach acid is not properly regulated. Heartburn can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, belching and general gastric discomfort.
If you suffered from heartburn before becoming pregnant, it is possible that this is contributing to your nausea symptoms.
What Causes Morning Sickness?
No one knows the exact cause of morning sickness. Comforting right?
Some doctors suggest that the change in hormones could be the culprit. Although, other physicians think that things like nutrient deficiencies, pre-existing gastric problems, and stress are the real causes of morning sickness.
Since we don’t know what exactly causes morning sickness symptoms, it is difficult to treat morning sickness as a whole. Let’s just accept that morning sickness is caused by the pregnancy.
If everyone experienced morning sickness the same way, it would be a lot easier to manage.
Because of the wide variety of symptoms associated with morning sickness, there is no single way to handle it. Depending on the severity and duration of your symptoms, you may need to talk with your doctor.
Hopefully, you find something that works with your morning sickness.
What was your worst morning sickness symptom? How did you get through it?