Is an Upset Stomach the Same as Morning Sickness?


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One of the most common signs of pregnancy is morning sickness. Morning sickness is, in the broadest sense of the term, a number of different degrees of stomach trouble, of which having an upset stomach would be included. It’s important to understand that morning sickness doesn’t always include vomiting. Morning sickness can be very different from one woman to the next. Approximately 70 percent of pregnant women will experience some morning sickness during their pregnancy. This upset stomach can be a continual thing for some women, although many experience morning sickness only at particular times of the day. Morning sickness can vary from a slightly whoozy feeling to an upset stomach to full-blown vomiting.

An upset stomach due to morning sickness can appear as early as the second week of pregnancy. For most women, however, it probably won’t start until sometime between the fourth and sixth weeks of your pregnancy. Usually, morning sickness and that upset stomach will last for about five to seven weeks. In the vast majority of women, it subsides sometime between your 12th and 14th week of pregnancy.

Morning sickness and upset stomach during pregnancy are usually caused by changing hormone levels. During pregnancy, your body builds up a certain amount of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin). This is the same hormone that a pregnancy test looks for. That hormone will build up in your system until about 12 weeks of pregnancy. From there, it starts to decrease, which is when many women find they no longer have an upset stomach or morning sickness.

There are a few things you can do in order to reduce the frequency and severity of your upset stomach during pregnancy. Avoiding foods that are high in saturated fats, foods that are particularly spicy and foods with strong smells may help. Eating more frequent snacks and smaller meals can help keep you from getting too hungry or too full. You might be able to counter than morning sickness upset stomach with a variety of herbal products. Many women find luck with ginger, which has been used for centuries to help with upset stomach. The good news is that you can expect it to subside by about the time you hit your second trimester.



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