Morning sickness, the most common and dreaded symptom of pregnancy. When a woman gets pregnant, they’ll go through bouts of morning sickness that can be extreme or mild – it changes from one woman to the next.
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When Does Morning Sickness End?
One thing is for sure: women want morning sickness to end. The issue is that the “end” date of morning sickness is not clearly defined. According to the American Pregnancy Association, more than 50% of women will experience vomiting and nausea when they’re pregnant.
But while “morning sickness” contains the word “morning” the sickness can occur in the afternoon, evening or night, or in the morning. Unlucky women may even suffer from sickness all day long with only slightly relief throughout the day.
The good news is that symptoms usually come to an end around the time that your first trimester is over. If this is your first pregnancy, it’s important to know that there are three trimesters that span from your last menstrual cycle all the way through your 40 weeks of pregnancy, or whenever you actually give birth.
A good chart to determine your trimester includes:
- First Trimester: Week 1 – 12.
- Second Trimesters: Week 13 – 27
- Third Trimester: Week 28 – birth
So, you can expect morning sickness to end after three months, or twelve weeks of pregnancy.
In rare cases, a woman may still experience morning sickness after her first trimester. The vast majority of women who have this prolonged morning sickness will find that it comes to an end at week 20, or during her second trimester. Again, there are rare cases where morning sickness will persist for the entirety of the pregnancy – not fun.
Since morning sickness can start as early as week one into the pregnancy, it’s important to know how to relieve many of these unwanted symptoms.
4 Ways to Relieve Morning Sickness
Morning sickness is the pits. You’ll feel drained and run down, and you may be sick for weeks or months on end. A brief period of relief is often followed by recurring symptoms that make you want to curl up in bed and never leave. And no one really knows when morning sickness will end for you.
But there are things you can do to relieve your morning sickness and start feeling better today. The following tips will allow you to start feeling better and back to your old self as quickly as possible:
1. Eat Little and Often
Many women state that having an empty stomach makes their symptoms worse. It’s recommended that you eat smaller meals and more often. You’ll be able to keep your sugar levels up all day and you’ll notice you’ll begin feeling better.
2. Increase Protein Intake
Protein rich foods are recommended. You want to avoid spicy, fatty or fried foods that tend to lead to nausea. A simple, high-protein diet is recommended. Nuts are a great, protein-filled snack that you’ll find is delicious and can help with many of your morning sickness symptoms.
3. Eat Ginger
A natural and safe way to relieve stomach discomfort and nausea is to introduce ginger into your diet. Boil ginger in water and drink it, take ginger capsules or drink ginger tea that has a high concentration of ginger.
Unfortunately, ginger snap cookies won’t work well.
4. Stash Peppermint in Your Room
The final tip is to have some peppermint handy. You’ll experience “hot flashes” often when pregnant. You may also be vomiting often – not fun. A good way to cool down the body from these hot episodes or flashes is to sip peppermint tea. Peppermint oil is also highly recommended and can be rubbed on the abdomen for relief.