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Who Can Get Morning Sickness?
|You are not alone! More than half of women experience morning sickness.
I am a bit of a Pollyanna. I like to stay positive, always looking at the bright side of things. So, before I became pregnant for the first time I assumed that I wouldn’t experience morning sickness when the time came. I thought that somehow I could ward it off with pure willpower.
“Others were just unlucky,” I told myself, “I wouldn’t give in.”
Joke was on me! I definitely got morning sickness!
|Did you know? If a close female relative (mother, sister, aunt, etc.) has experienced extreme morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, you are more likely to experience it as well. (Yafeng Zhang, et al., 2011)
Moral of the story…Anyone can get morning sickness. Your best bet is to plan for the worst and hope for the best.
Worldwide 62% of women experience morning sickness. However, if you live in Japan you are more likely to experience morning sickness than if you live in other parts of the world, while women in India are far less likely to experience morning sickness than women in most other countries. (Flaxman & Sherman, 2000)
How long will Morning Sickness Last?
If you read pregnancy books and follow pregnancy websites they will generally tell you that morning sickness will leave at the beginning of the second trimester – around 13 weeks.
Yes, some women experience this magical relief at the end of the first trimester, but many do not!
Ladies, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but let’s be real with each other… morning sickness may last well into your second trimester. I began to feel better at 17 weeks with my first pregnancy, and at 19 with my second.
Morning sickness usually peaks during weeks 9-12, and after that declines gradually. Less than 10% of women will experience nausea and vomiting right up until the time of birth. (Flaxman & Sherman, 2000)