Morning Sickness After the First Trimester

Posted on Oct 7, 2011 | Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

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Many women look forward to making it past that first trimester of pregnancy. That’s the time you’re most likely to experience significant mood swings, for example, but it’s also the time you’re most likely to have the most severe morning sickness. In fact, for most women, morning sickness passes entirely by the time the first trimester is up.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Some women find that they experience morning sickness well beyond the first trimester.

The causes of morning sickness aren’t exactly understood fully. The conventional wisdom says that it has to do with changing hormone levels. In particular, the hormone hCG tends to spike during the first trimester. As your hCG levels start to hit a constant rather than constantly rising, morning sickness usually starts to dissipate.

The problem is that there are other potential contributing factors. For some women, an increased sense of smell just makes the problem of morning sickness worse. Dietary choices – such as eating spicy foods or foods that are high in fat – can also make morning sickness worse.

If you’re one of those unlucky women for whom morning sickness keeps going after the first trimester, You need to explore all of your options. There are many ways to try to deal with morning sickness, including things like:

  • Ginger
  • Acupressure bands
  • Acupuncture
  • Herbal morning sickness remedies
  • Herbal teas
  • Hypnotherapy

These are just some of the ways that women have gone about treating their morning sickness after the first trimester of their pregnancy.

As always, if your morning sickness is so severe that you’re having trouble keeping food or liquids down, you need to talk to your doctor. You need to get all of those important nutrients that your baby needs in order to grow and develop. In extreme cases, you may even need to go into the hospital in order to get an IV so that you don’t have to worry about undernourishment or dehydration.

So, what about you? Did you have morning sickness? Did it go away after the first trimester, or did you have it throughout the entire time?

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