Morning sickness in pregnancy is all too often a common complaint among women. The length of time a woman will experience this nausea will vary from one woman to the next. Most of the time as the pregnancy enters into the second trimester the nausea will subside or only be occasional and not every day.

For many women, the first sign they may be pregnant is morning sickness. It doesn’t have to be in the morning either, it’s just called that because the majority of women complain of it happening in the morning. A pregnant woman’s placenta will start to produce the hormone called HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin along with estrogen about 10 days after fertilization of the egg. Fatigue and a general feeling of being tired are also grouped into the morning sickness category. The HCG hormone and extra estrogen are what is believed to be the reason for morning sickness in the early weeks.

If you have been sick for two or more mornings in a row, or for two consecutive days, you will need to consider the fact that you might be pregnant if you are sexually active. The vomiting and nausea are normally not associated to anything else or any other symptoms other than a general feeling of being tired. If you haven’t planned on having a baby and are sick for unexplained reasons, you should get a home pregnancy test or make an appointment to have a blood or urine test performed at the doctors office.

Morning sickness in pregnancy will cause many women to be late to work or not show up at all for the whole day. Making your employer aware of your pregnancy may be important so they will understand what you are going through. You can have them keep it quiet if you don’t want the whole workplace to know until you are a little further along.

Hopefully the morning sickness in pregnancy will pass as the weeks move into the second trimester and you can continue working until your doctor says it is no longer safe. Many women work right up until the days before delivery with no problems at all.

During the time you are experiencing morning sickness, you can get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water to keep you from getting dehydrated.

Excessive vomiting is unlike ordinary morning sickness. It can lead to dehydration and starvation. The medical terminology for this is hyperemesis gravidarum. This is worsened by a woman’s psychological state. Certain factors can trigger the vomiting to start. If a woman has severe morning sickness but is still gaining weight and doesn’t become dehydrated, she does not have hyperemesis gravidarum, she simply has a bad case of morning sickness. When a woman has hyperemesis gravidarum, she will lose weight and be dehydrated often to the point of needing fluids through an IV.

Your doctor can determine whether or not you have hyperemesis gravidarum or just a simple case of morning sickness in your pregnancy.

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