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Causes of Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness

Fifty to 80 percent of women end up with morning sickness during pregnancy. Some just feel a bit sick, others feel incredibly nauseous and some women find themselves vomiting almost every day. Plus, despite the name, it doesn’t exclusively occur in the mornings and can happen at any time of the day. But what’s known about it and why does it occur?

Well, despite instances of morning sickness being a well-known attribute of pregnancy and medical science being highly developed, the exact causes are still unclear. But there are plenty of theories!

One theory is that it could be caused by hormonal changes. Levels of a hormone called human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), which are in charge of controlling the production of other pregnancy hormones, are known to rise during early pregnancy. In fact, they peak at 10 weeks and then start to fall again at around 12 weeks — which fits in with the time when women commonly get morning sickness.

Other theories suggest it could be linked to women’s heightened sense of smell during pregnancy, or linked in with the fact that women are going through a range of physiological changes. Either way, morning sickness can be really unpleasant. Thankfully, though, in most cases it clears up, leaving the rest of the nine months nausea and sickness-free.


Morning Sickness Remedies
Morning sickness can make you feel really rough, especially when it occurs regularly during the early weeks of pregnancy. But if you’re desperate to ease the symptoms, then help is at hand. Not everything works for everyone, but there are practical self-help ways of minimizing the discomfort and easing some of the symptoms. Read more…

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