Why Does Morning Sickness Occur in the Mornings?
Morning sickness is one of those things that most people don’t really think about until they experience it themselves. For many women, this symptom occurs during their first trimester or even before pregnancy begins. However, for some women morning sickness may occur anytime between weeks 12 and 20 after conception.
The exact cause of morning sickness is not known. Some doctors believe that it is due to hormonal changes occurring during pregnancy. Others say it’s caused by a virus or bacteria that are present in the mother’s body when she becomes pregnant.
Still others have theorized that there could be something called “fetal alcohol syndrome” which causes symptoms similar to morning sickness (and other symptoms) in unborn children.
Whatever the reason, it’s certainly not pleasant. The nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps can last from several hours to days. Sometimes morning sickness lasts only a few minutes but other times it can go on for several days.
While these symptoms are unpleasant enough for most people, they’re usually short lived.
What Causes Morning Sickness?
There are two theories about why some women get morning sickness while others do not: the mechanism and periodicity of morning sickness.
Morning sickness, also called “matinee” sickness, is most common in the first three months of pregnancy. Some doctors believe that this type of nausea and vomiting is caused by a woman’s body chemistry changing so quickly when she gets pregnant. This change then causes the hormones controlling her digestion to become out of balance, which leads to the morning sickness.
Other doctors believe that the source of morning sickness is a type of parasite or bacteria called a toxoplasmosis gondii. This little creature is extremely common and can be found all over the world. It’s also found in cat feces, raw meat and undercooked meat.
This germ causes a woman’s immune system to go into overdrive and may trigger her body to produce certain types of hormones that lead to morning sickness.
The other theory is that morning sickness is due to the body’s natural cycle of 28 days. This means that a woman is more likely to get morning sickness during certain parts of her pregnancy rather than others. Being pregnant for 39 weeks rather than 40 weeks would then explain why some women have morning sickness in the first trimester, but not in the later ones.
Finally, there is a combination of these two theories: hormones and a woman’s 28-day cycle. Depending on the time of month when a woman becomes pregnant, she may or may not get morning sickness. Some doctors believe that a woman’s body has enough chemical differences between the first and second trimesters that she will not experience morning sickness in the second trimester or even at all.
How To Treat Morning Sickness
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for morning sickness. There are, however, some treatments that can help.
The first is a change in diet. Certain foods such as crackers or plain toast may help reduce nausea. You should avoid greasy and spicy foods, which smell and taste may make you feel worse.
Carbonated drinks like soda or ginger ale can help settle your stomach while lemon-lime drinks should be avoided.
Drink plenty of fluids like water, juice or ginger ale.