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One of the first tell-tell signs of pregnancy is what is commonly called “morning sickness.” says “up to 70% of all women get mild to moderate symptoms during the first three months (first trimester) of pregnancy. These symptoms are usually gone by the fourth month.” However, some women’s symptoms may last throughout the entire pregnancy.

Morning sickness is a common experience among pregnant women, but what EXACTLY is it?

New York Times Health states, “The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown. It may be caused by hormone changes or lower blood sugar during early pregnancy. Emotional stress, fatigue, traveling, or some foods can make the problem worse. Nausea in pregnancy is more common and can be worse with twins or triplets.”

Even the experts can’t pin down morning sickness quite yet! However, there are several tips and tricks on how best to manage your nausea. Check out some of these tips at WebMd. Also, speak to your medical professional about any symptoms you may be experiencing.

Interesting to note is that morning sickness does not occur in other mammals—only humans. So, when you’re feeling quite queasy, just remember, it’s a uniquely human experience!

The information provided here is general in nature.  It is not a substitute for a consultation with a medical professional. Before any medical procedure, it is imperative that you discuss your personal medical history, risks, and concerns with your doctor. If you have questions during or after a procedure, your doctor should be immediately contacted. Avenue Women’s Center is not an emergency center.  If you are experiencing severe symptoms, such as bleeding and/or pain, seek immediate medical attention.  Contact your physician, go to an emergency room, or call 911.