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Why Does Morning Sickness Happen?

Feeling nauseous all the time? Here's why this common pregnancy symptom happens and how to deal with it.

Before your pregnancy, you probably imagined that when you woke up in the morning, you’d be nauseous, throw up and then go on with your day. Well…sorry to say but it doesn't generally work like that. Whoever decided to call it “morning sickness” was probably sleeping through the day because this common pregnancy symptom doesn’t discriminate between the morning, afternoon or evening. Some moms-to-be feel sick around the clock for the first few weeks or months.

There’s no clear answer as to why nausea occurs during pregnancy, but like many other pregnancy symptoms, it’s believed that it’s due to hormonal changes (that seems to be the answer to everything these days, right?). For lots of women the nausea isn’t too overwhelming, and by midpregnancy, you should mostly be feeling much better. But, if your nausea and vomiting are excessive, then talk to your doctor because it may be hyperemesis gravidarum, a term you may have heard about in the news—Kate Middleton dealt with it during both of her pregnancies. This rare complication can result in dehydration and dangerous weight loss (and a hungry baby), and if you are diagnosed with HG you may need to be hospitalized to receive IV fluids and anti-nausea medication.

Although you can’t really prevent morning sickness, studies show that women who took multivitamins before conception are less likely to get nauseous—so, if you’re TTC, start sucking those vitamins down now. If you're already dealing with morning sickness here are some ways to get relief.

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