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Managing Morning Sickness in Pregnancy

Updated: Apr 16, 2022

Morning Sickness is often one of the first signs of pregnancy and although it can be a mighty challenge it is useful to understand what causes Morning Sickness and how you can manage Morning Sickness symptoms.

What causes morning sickness?

Scientists are unsure but believe it is due to the surges in hormones particularly Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG)- this is the hormone that gives you those 2 lines on your pregnancy test. The title ‘morning’ is very misleading as symptoms can often be at any time of day... yes you heard that right - Anytime Sickness.

How common is it?

Around 85% of women are affected by morning sickness and 50% may also experience vomiting.

How long does it last?

It can begin very early in pregnancy but usually subsides after the first trimester (12 weeks) this is because the placenta takes over to maintain the pregnancy from this stage and the hormone HCG begins to reduce.