When Does Morning Sickness Start, Peak and Subside

pregnant woman experiencing morning sickness

Pregnancy is an exciting and thrilling experience for women. However, it also comes with many physical and emotional changes that may not be easy to handle. And, one such change is experiencing morning sickness! If you wish to know when morning sickness begins and ends during pregnancy, and other concerns related to it, reading the following post can help you get fruitful insight into this topic!

What Is Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness, which is one of the most common pregnancy symptoms, is a feeling that causes nausea, vomiting, dry heaving, excessive salvation, and other such symptoms. Though it is called morning sickness, these symptoms can occur anytime during the day. Where some women find their symptoms fading away as the day progresses, others may find it increasing by evening. There are not many studies available that explain why this symptom occurs during pregnancy. Where one study believes the increased amounts of hCG hormones to be the probable reason, another study states that it could be the body’s way of keeping foodborne illnesses and other kinds of chemicals present in food at bay.

When Does Morning Sickness Start?

Morning sickness can be experienced differently by different women. For some women, the symptoms may begin around 5 to 6 weeks of pregnancy; for others, feeling queasy could be one of the first pregnancy signs. This means that morning sickness can begin anytime after two weeks of missing your first period after ovulation. In some women, the symptoms may begin showing gradually; however, for others, it could just begin overnight. The feelings associated with morning sickness can range from mild, which can mean experiencing certain aversions to food or food smells, to severe symptoms, which can be experiencing persistent vomiting and nausea.

Can Morning Sickness Start At Week One of Pregnancy?

In most cases, morning sickness begins around 5 to 6 weeks of pregnancy. However, there is no hard and fast rule that states the same, and thus every woman may experience it differently. Sometimes women may experience nausea even before they miss their first period past ovulation, and this could be constituted towards one of the first pregnancy signs. But approximately 90 per cent of women experience morning sickness around eight weeks of pregnancy.

When Is the Peak of Morning Sickness?

As discussed earlier, pregnancy symptoms are experienced differently by different women, which means it varies from one woman to another. However, in most cases, morning sickness tends to be at its worst or peak at around 9 to 10 weeks of pregnancy. This is also the time when human chorionic gonadotropin hormones or hCG are at its peak, too. The hCG hormones start to decline by 11 weeks of pregnancy, and by 15 weeks, it drops considerably (by 50 per cent).

Morning sickness is surely an uncomfortable symptom, but it does not pose any kind of serious threat and usually fades away after the first trimester. According to research, the peak of morning sickness can be anywhere around 6 to 18 weeks of pregnancy, which is also the time when the baby’s organs start developing. The research states that morning sickness could be attributed to the body’s mechanism of protecting the foetus from any potential food items or toxins.

When Does Morning Sickness End During Pregnancy?

Your symptoms can gradually start mellowing down as you transcend into your second trimester, which means after peaking for 8 to 11 weeks of pregnancy, your morning sickness may start fading as you enter your 12th week of pregnancy. In approximately 10 per cent of the cases, the symptoms may worsen after 9 weeks of pregnancy. However, some women may experience this annoying and discomforting symptom in their second trimester, and in some cases, even in the third trimester of pregnancy. Though it is not a joy ride to be experiencing nausea and vomiting during your pregnancy, the good news is that it is healthy to experience this pregnancy symptom. It has also been observed that women who experience nausea are one third less likely to undergo a miscarriage and go into preterm labour, as compared to women who do not experience any nausea during pregnancy.

If you experience this symptom beyond your first trimester, this could easily mean that you have a delicate stomach or you are more sensitive towards hormonal changes happening within your body. However, if your morning sickness is causing any kind of concern, you should definitely bring it up with your doctor!

Can You Have Unusual Morning Sickness?

If you think morning sickness may just be some pregnancy symptom that can be experienced during the morning hours, it is not so. We hate to burst the bubble, but in reality, it can affect you anytime. It is seen that approximately 70 per cent of pregnant women experience nausea anytime during their first trimester. No two pregnant women, for that matter, no two pregnancies of the same woman may be the same. Which means, if you experience severe nausea in your first pregnancy, you may experience none in your second or the other way around!

As a mother, it is normal for you to think whether all these changes cause any kind of threat or danger to your baby. Well, if you eat well and keep yourself hydrated, your baby is going to be okay and will get the required nutrition for his optimum growth. However, if you are experiencing a severe case of morning sickness, then your doctor may keep a close watch at your nutrition and guide you about how you can keep yourself well-nourished and hydrated.

If you are experiencing morning sickness, you can do nothing much to prevent it! However, you can adopt measures to manage your symptoms. Talk to your doctor about how you can manage your morning sickness symptoms.

Also Read:

Is No Morning Sickness in Pregnancy a Thing to Worry?
Is Morning Sickness a Good Sign during Pregnancy
Home Remedies for Morning Sickness during Pregnancy

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Gauri Ratnam completed her Masters in English Literature from the University of Pune. She began her journey as a German translator soon after completing her graduation, but later moved on to pursue her passion for writing. Having written for both digital and print media in a varied range of industries, she has the ability to write relatable and well-researched content, benefical for anyone seeking advice or direction.