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The term “morning sickness,” refers to the feelings of nausea associated with pregnancy. Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of day.

Doctors aren’t sure exactly what causes morning sickness, but they think that it’s related to the higher levels of hCG, the hormone your body develops when you’re pregnant. Morning sickness usually ends around 12 weeks, or the end of the first trimester. After the first trimester, your hCG levels drop, which leads doctors to the theory that this is the culprit.

If you find yourself feeling dizzy, nauseous, and occasionally vomiting, there are some things you can do to make yourself feel better. Try to eat smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day instead of the traditional three meals. Starchy foods such as crackers, bread, rice, and pasta can help ease the nausea, as well as drinking some ginger ale. Avoid spicy or greasy food, as this could make you feel worse.

If you experience severe nausea or frequent vomiting, it’s best to talk to your doctor. He/she may prescribe an anti-nausea medication to make sure you are able to keep food down and are getting proper nutrition.

About 90% of women will experience morning sickness during pregnancy, so you are not alone! Remember, it will most likely last for just your first trimester so there is relief in sight.

If you are feeling some of these symptoms and suspect you may be pregnant, please call Avenue Women’s Center today. We can schedule you to come in for a free pregnancy test and have you meet with a caring staff member to discuss your options.

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.

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