I’ve been hearing from so many of you about your morning sickness woes. And while my morning sickness experience was years ago, I still remember it vividly.
You will, too.
Some of you will throw up every day. Perhaps not in the morning, but at some point throughout your day. Usually, something will trigger it.
Others of you will be more like me because you may feel absolutely queasy. For me, it was whenever I smelled something off-putting. But for others, it could be a smell you normally loved, and suddenly, that smell makes you gag and retch.
Morning sickness is usually only an affliction you’ll deal with in the first trimester. Some mamas will find it sticks with them the entire pregnancy. That’s less likely, but it does happen, so be aware.
Anyway, many of you are wondering when morning sickness is at its worst. Here’s what you should know!
What is the most challenging week for morning sickness?
Recently, I was rewatching the movie Look Who’s Talking. You know, with Kirstie Alley and John Travolta? Great flick, though the sequels are a bit trite.
Anyway, they portray morning sickness in the morning. But as I’ve mentioned, this isn’t always the case. You may promptly feel ill at ease around 1 pm or even 10 pm.
For women who don’t even realize they are pregnant, the change in their hormones is happening. And as that happens, it can overwhelm you when it starts, generally around your 6th week of pregnancy.
You may notice other pregnancy symptoms before you ever have any morning sickness.
I noticed my pants were tighter from one week to the next. I noticed that my boobs were bigger and more tender. And I definitely noticed when I began craving foods I normally despised.
Soon after, my morning sickness kicked in. It came in the afternoons and made me gag and retch, but I never threw up.
The week that morning sickness tends to be the worst is around week 9. For me, this was definitely true. But you learn what works to help you through it. And as you get to the 16th week or even just beyond about 18 weeks, you’ll notice it stops.
If it suddenly stops, don’t worry. Here is why this happens.
Don’t freak out about that 9th week. It could be just as bad for you from the start, or you may not even experience any morning sickness. Some women are lucky like that. Don’t worry if you don’t have it either…your doctor will be on top of your hormones and watching those things. If you have bleeding or cramping, though, that’s the time to put worry aside and call the doctor immediately.
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.