When I was pregnant with my eldest, I was around 8 weeks when I found out. Not long after finding out, I soon experienced morning sickness.
I never once threw up, but boy, did I feel like it, especially after walking to the subway and passing a large pile of garbage. Dear Lord!
For some, morning sickness suddenly stopped at 7 weeks. Others have told me their morning sickness suddenly stopped at 8 weeks. Mamas have told me they had it for the entire first trimester. Others never got it at all.
Pregnancy is definitely a strange time. And if it’s your first time being pregnant, you may become alarmed when you feel morning sickness one day early in your pregnancy but not the next day. Is that normal?
Hold onto your hats, mamas, for you’re good. Here’s what to know about morning sickness that suddenly stops.
Why has my morning sickness suddenly disappeared?
Every woman is different. You may get morning sickness from the moment you’re officially pregnant, even if you don’t know you’re expecting yet. You may vomit everywhere or simply feel queasy and uneasy.
Typically, morning sickness will start at the beginning of the first trimester, though, as in my case, you may not feel this way until about 7 or 8 weeks in. Or you may start from the very beginning of your pregnancy and then not feel nauseous anymore. The worst week can be around the 9th, though.
Incidentally, morning sickness doesn’t always happen in the morning. That was true for me too. I often felt my worst in the afternoon. Other women never experience morning sickness for any part of their pregnancies for a second.
Naturally, if you keep getting woozy each day and all of a sudden it stops, you may be terrified you’ve lost the baby. While it is true that the early weeks of pregnancy are the most prone to miscarriage, just because you stop feeling the symptoms of morning sickness does not mean that you have lost the baby.
Should I worry if my morning sickness stops at 7 or 8 weeks?
I know it’s hard, but I wouldn’t waste time worrying when you’ve got so much to do before that baby arrives. While a sudden morning sickness stop could technically mean a miscarriage, it could also mean you’re moving out of that phase.
When hormone levels are much lower than normal, this can indicate a greater risk of miscarriage. But if you are having a miscarriage, you will notice bleeding and cramping along with the disappearance of morning sickness.
So, if you see blood and feel pain, get to the doctor immediately. But if your morning sickness seems to be ebbing away or even stops suddenly, as long as your hormones are at levels that your doctor is happy with, everything is fine!
Is it normal to have morning sickness one day but not the next?
Pregnancy really is such a strange thing. We can vary in our symptoms from one another and ourselves. You may feel green around the gills the entire first trimester with this baby, and for your next baby, you will feel amazing. It’s a crapshoot!
So, yes, you may have morning sickness today, but not tomorrow. It’s totally normal. And this happens with those other pregnancy symptoms too. You may have sore breasts one day but not the next. You may pee like a racehorse nonstop. You may get food cravings today, but not tomorrow. Wackiness definitely ensues during pregnancies.
Some days while pregnant, you may not even have any symptoms. And it’s normal!
As you get used to these symptoms, you may not even notice them anymore. And by the time you get to the second trimester, most of these annoying symptoms will go away. But not always.
My friend Cara had morning sickness for her entire pregnancy. Predictably, it sucked.
But do know that having morning sickness for the entire 9-month duration of pregnancy is not all that common.
When to worry?
Morning sickness that suddenly stops shouldn’t be too concerning. However, that blood and cramping is a big clue something is wrong.
Another one is less fetal movement. Generally, you will start feeling the baby move between weeks 16 and 25. Your doctor will explain how to feel about the activity and keep an eye on things. If anything differs from the movement you should be experiencing, you should call your doctor right away.
As you progress in your pregnancy, the other symptoms should end, but you should always be able to detect fetal movement. If you are concerned about this, the best thing to do during your checkups is to ask your doctor how to feel for the baby as you get further along. They will show you what to do, and you will have peace of mind rather than worry constantly.
Remember, it is normal if one or two days, you feel great during that first trimester or you notice you’re getting less bogged down by that morning sickness.
But if you have tons of symptoms you’re dealing with, and they all suddenly stop, you need to call your doctor. It might not mean a problem, but it will require a checkup to ensure everything is okay with the baby.
For most of you, everything will be fine, so try not to stress and obsess!
Leslie Berry lives with her husband and two young daughters in Los Altos, California, where she loves helping other moms get comfortable with motherhood and embracing the insanity with facts peppered with laughs.
She loves eating too much sushi, exercising, and jamming out on her Fender. Read more about Leslie here.