By Jonathan Whitborn
Tired of tossing your cookies?
Morning sickness is a common complaint of pregnant women, especially those who pray to the porcelain god on a daily basis. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any hour, and can begin as early as the third week of pregnancy. According to the Mayo Clinic, morning sickness typically occurs during the first trimester, but others aren’t so lucky, though, and will battle morning sickness for the duration of their pregnancy.
Cause remains a mystery. In another cruel twist, the cause of morning sickness remains a mystery. Theories abound, but many health professionals believe that morning sickness is the product of many factors, such as higher levels of hormones, physical changes and a greater sensitivity to foods and odors. Regardless of its origin, morning sickness has been making pregnant women miserable for centuries. In fact, the earliest recorded cases of morning sickness date back to as far as Elizabethan England (1558-1603). Now that’s a true Shakespearian tragedy!
In addition to disrupting daily activities in a most unpleasant way, morning sickness poses potential health risks to both mother and child. Woman with severe morning sickness may lose excessive amounts of weight—frequent vomiting and a complete loss of appetite have a way of doing that. A malnourished mother can lead to a malnourished fetus, which can suffer growth abnormalities if deprived of essential vitamins and nutrients over a prolonged period of time. Because of these potentially life-threatening complications, women with brutal bouts of morning sickness should contact their doctor immediately.
10 Survival Tips
For those with mild to moderate morning sickness—and most pregnant women fall into this category—we offer these 10 survival tips.