Morning Sickness Statistics

Posted on May 11, 2012 | About Morning Sickness, Articles Category | | Print This Article


As the most common pregnancy symptom, morning sickness is a bit of a mystery. Researchers aren’t positive what causes it, and effective treatments can vary greatly from one woman to the next – and even one pregnancy to the next. In many ways, morning sickness is something that we just don’t understand as much about as we would like to.

Here are some of the important statistics related to morning sickness you ought to be aware of:

  • Some experts estimate that as many as 85% of pregnant women experience morning sickness of at least a mild level. Others suggest that the number is just over 50%. Studies have shown numbers everywhere in between.
  • Morning sickness usually starts between week 4 and week 6 of pregnancy. Some women report having morning sickness as early as the first week after conception, and other women don’t feel any morning sickness until 10 weeks of pregnancy or more. However, 4 to 6 weeks seems to be the most common time for the onset of morning sickness.
  • For about 75% of women, morning sickness stops around the end of the first trimester. For the others, most find that their morning sickness dissipates by about the 20th week of pregnancy. Less than 5% of women who experience morning sickness do so through the entire length of their pregnancy.
  • Approximately 1 in 300 pregnancies will result in severe morning sickness, known as hyperemesis gravidarum. In these extreme cases, a woman will lose weight – often more than 5% of her body weight. She’ll usually become dehydrated, as well, because she’s not able to keep enough food or drink down.
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum can be very dangerous. If you can’t keep anything down, you need to be seen by a doctor. You may need IV fluids and nutrition so that your baby has the nutrients it needs to develop properly.

Morning sickness is, as you can see, a natural and normal part of pregnancy for most women. Explore natural cures for morning sickness, such as ginger, herbal teas, acupressure and more for the best and safest relief from your morning sickness symptoms.

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