5 Causes of Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is well known as the first sign of pregnancy yet no one really knows why it has to be that way. Majority of women experience nausea and more than half of them vomit, making this period of early pregnancy dreadful for most of the women.

Being the commonest condition and sign of early pregnancy, the extent of its effects largely varies from one woman to the other. Most women will talk of having anxiety, uneasiness, and a nauseated feeling in the early morning hours while some will even experience this feeling during the day and night.

The term 'Morning sickness' is quite misleading, as most women will experience this feeling throughout the day, though the feeling is worse during the morning. Morning sickness can quickly take over your life, leaving you in a lot of misery and pain.

It can make it impossible for you to run errands and work as you would normally do. This can really strain relationships with your loved ones.Interaction with a woman in a similar situation might be of help.

Excessive sickness can be attributed to a condition called 'hyperemesis gravidarum'- which is simply excessive vomiting during pregnancy.

Why It Happens

The causes of morning sickness are still unknown to us but most doctors confirm that it is in fact, a good sign of a healthy pregnancy as this means that the placenta is developing and forming well. Although the causes are unknown there a few thoughts of what might be the causes of this mysterious condition or feeling

1. Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin(HCG)

Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin hormone has been largely considered as one of the main causes of morning sickness. The hormone is produced by the placenta just after implantation. This hormone is produced in great amounts just as the morning sickness.

This can be no mere coincidence. This hormone is continually produced until the placenta finally takes over the task of nourishing and maintaining the baby.

2. The Protective Measure

One other probable cause of the intense sense of smell and nausea is what is referred to as protective measure. The protective measure is like a stimulus that makes it less likely for the expectant woman to be harmed by harmful toxins and poisons lurking in the environment.

3. Helicobacter Pylori

Presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria in an expectant woman's stomach is a likely cause of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, however, studies have not fully established this a real cause.

4. Stress

​Nausea and heightened senses of smell can be as a response to increased levels of stress during pregnancy. Stress is just a proposal made by scientists, but they have not been able to fully establish this as a concrete cause.

​5. Estrogen

​Estrogen hormone is also very likely to be a leading cause of morning sickness as it is produced at the same time morning sickness occurs.

Nausea and a heightened sense of smell can increase significantly in the case where you might be expectant with twins. The good news is that morning sickness usually improves for most women at 14 weeks of pregnancy.

​This article is written by Sophia Nguyen, from www.healthybabyhappyearth.com

Rosie M. Jordan

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