The all-telling “missed period” happens for most women between the weeks four through seven.
This is when you know the good ol’ “Aunt Flo” hasn’t paid a visit to your internal home and this causes several alarms to go off.
After you have peed on a stick and have confirmed you are pregnant (congrats!) the next question on many new moms’ minds is:
So, when does the morning sickness begin?
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Rejoice In The Positive, Now Onto The Negative
It’s confirmed: you’re going to have a baby.
The two lines showed up, or the two dots or the darn thing literally told you how far along you were (thanks, Clear Blue).
This is when the real countdown begins: the countdown between when you find out when you are pregnant and when you feel as if you have fallen on death’s bed.
Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but pregnancy typically does bring about some symptoms of feeling ill or unwell for a number of women.
The majority of women will not feel sick at first, and most women will not feel sick right before giving birth.
But the in-between can be a bit of a toss-up.
When Does Nausea Start In Pregnancy?
For the majority of women, sickness due to pregnancy will happen when you are around 6 to 8 weeks pregnant (or halfway through your first trimester).
It is unlikely that you will feel sick before week four and it typically will not start after week 14 if you are one the blessed few who are not going to have to endure weeks of throwing up, heartburn and intestinal unrest.
But what that said, if you are feeling queasy at any time, it may be due to pregnancy – or it may be due to having lunch at that questionable diner around the corner.
What Causes Your “All Day” Sickness?
Wondering what causes that suddenly “icky” feeling in your stomach?
For most women, it is due to the production of the hCG hormone (otherwise known as the human chronic gonadotropin hormone, as if you didn’t know).
This hormone is happening because you need to build up your baby’s placenta so that he can, y’know, survive.
Some moms-to-be can easily take on the challenge of a rapid hormonal change, but the majority of us can’t.
This is why our bodies suddenly start to feel “sick” while we are pregnant (i.e. the abrupt hormonal changes are causing our bodies to lash out in unexpected ways and we want whatever we are doing to it to stop and stop now).
Another side effect is that these hormones can cause the dreaded pregnancy heartburn.
This is particularly prevalent in the later stages of pregnancy when your dearest and most anticipated arrival is shoved up against your intestines and your stomach.
Allaying The “Blahs” and the “Blarghs”
Fortunately, there are a number of ways in which you can allay your morning sickness symptoms.
You can choose to have your body filled with needles or smell unmentionable smells…
Or you can do these DIY solutions at home, starting with:
Feeling like you have a case of the barfs?
Then maybe a course in reflexology is all you need.
Through reflexology, you are provided with a “map” of your body which tells you when you press “z” point, which affects “B”, “C” and maybe even “D” point. This can provide comfort or, when used against your worst enemies, have a voodoo doll effect.
Use your powers wisely.
Ginger Remedy Solutions
Here’s another consideration- herbal remedies.
Fresh ginger or several types of elixir involving ginger have been claimed to help cure what ails the pregnant mum.
How well it can treat your symptom really depends on how sensitive you are to the flavors and the smells of ginger.
For example, some may be terribly irritated by ginger while others will be just fine.
Use any ginger products wisely.
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Your Realistic Solution
The truth of the matter is that not many pregnant women suffer through feeling sick past their first trimester and, even then, it is more than normal to experience what they call “morning sickness” (though it strikes your stomach any time, anywhere, and when you least want it to happen).
Your “Dealing With Sickness” Handbag:
- Stay calm (this is normal and you are not dealing with it alone)
- One size doesn’t fit all (what works for one mom may not work for the next, so experiment)
- Don’t panic (if something doesn’t work, try the next)
- How you feel is no “forever” (The state you are in is not permanent, and it too, shall pass)
- Chew some delicious gum from your past because it will either bring up happy memories and/or distract you from the gut storm you need to quell at the moment