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For many women, the toughest part of early pregnancy is
morning sickness. Morning sickness can range from
mild, occasional nausea to severe, ongoing, disabling nausea with bouts of
vomiting. Symptoms may be worse in the morning, but they can strike at any time
of the day or night.
The first signs of morning sickness usually
develop during the month following the first missed menstrual period, when
pregnancy hormone levels rise. Women carrying twins or more have greater
hormone increases, which tends to cause more severe morning sickness.
There is no way to predict how long your morning sickness will last, even
if you have suffered through it before. Nausea and vomiting usually go away by
12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. But in some cases, it can last well into a
If you have severe, persistent nausea and vomiting or
are unable to take in fluids, see your doctor or nurse-midwife right away. This
pregnancy problem can lead to
dehydration and malnutrition. For this, you need
intravenous (IV) fluids and/or prescribed medicine. In
some cases, you may need to stay in the hospital.
July 23, 2012
Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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