Morning Sickness Myths

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 | Morning Sickness News Category | | Print This Article

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So, you’ve been through a pregnancy or two before. This isn’t your first baby dance. Do you think you know it all about morning sickness? You might be surprised to find out that some of the things you’ve believed all along just aren’t true.

Here are a handful of morning sickness myths you may (or may not) be surprised to know:

  • Myth: Morning sickness happens only in the morning. Morning sickness is probably one of the most poorly-named conditions. Sure, some women feel morning sickness in the morning. Others have it only in the afternoon or evening. Some have it all day long.
  • Myth: Morning sickness starts right after you conceive. Some women claim that they wake up the next day after trying to conceive to find they’re experiencing morning sickness. If they are, it’s psychosomatic. In fact, morning sickness usually doesn’t show up until about week 4 of pregnancy. It’ll probably last until about the 12th week of pregnancy, too.
  • Myth: Morning sickness can’t be treated. Sure it can! Now, there have certainly been some problems in the past with morning sickness treatments; thalidomide is the perfect example. Fortunately, there are a number of natural treatments for morning sickness that don’t post the kinds of dangers that drugs pose. Look into options like acupressure, ginger, peppermint, and others.
  • Myth: Morning sickness causes miscarriage. This has never been proven scientifically. There is no reason to believe that vomiting can harm your baby, especially during those early weeks of pregnancy when you’re likely to have morning sickness. In fact, some newer studies suggest that miscarriage may actually be less common in women who have morning sickness.
  • Myth: Morning sickness has something to do with your baby’s gender. Surely you’ve had a friend or family member who is convinced that her morning sickness was worse when carrying a boy (or in some cases a girl). This is anecdotal evidence. It doesn’t prove anything. The issue of gender and morning sickness has been looked at in scientific studies, and there hasn’t been anything to suggest that boys are more likely to make you experience morning sickness than girls.

So, what about you? Have you held tight to some of these myths about morning sickness? What other morning sickness myths have you come across?

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