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Morning, Afternoon, and Night Sickness: You'd be happy to be pregnant, if you didn't feel so terrible. If you have it, you know that “morning” has little to do with it. It can strike at any time during the day or night, and may come and go throughout the day, or just set in for a constant feeling of nausea. If you are going to be affected, morning sickness usually begins around 6 or 7 weeks and – thankfully – begins to go away by 12 to 14 weeks. For a few unhappy women, morning sickness may persist throughout the pregnancy.
Doctors can't say for sure what causes the nausea, but it may be connected with the sudden spike in hormones your body is producing. The sudden sensitivity to smells, and your slowly moving digestive, probably doesn’t help the matter, either. However, there are some things that have worked to help alleviate some of the queasy feelings. Usually, the last thing that you want to do is eat; but in this case, eating often makes things improve. Try to keep something in your stomach at all times, even stashing snacks by your bed for a middle-of-the-night waking. Eating something every two hours or so can help to keep the sick feeling at bay.
Listen to your cravings. If the constant queasiness has made anything food-related seem like puppy chow, but you suddenly have an intense need for a greasy pizza or a fast food burger, go for it! Get on the phone, or send someone through a drive-thru. Sometimes, the last thing you could imagine would help is just what you need. If it sounds good to you, try it. The worst that can happen is it won't taste so good when it is coming back up. (The exception to this is the craving for non-food items, like dirt or laundry detergent. Please don't consume anything that isn't meant to be eaten! If you begin craving non-food items, talk to your doctor. These cravings could indicate an iron deficiency, or another problem. Also avoid any foods your doctor has warned against, such as raw sushi or alcoholic beverages.)
If it gets so bad that you can’t keep anything down, talk to your doctor. There is a serious condition, called hyperemesis gravidum, that some women develop during pregnancy and can lead to hospitalization, severe dehydration, and complications with the baby.
There may be medications that can help too. Some people have found that B6, combined with other medications, can alleviate some of the symptoms, while other women may need are prescription medications for serious cases. Staying hydrated and gaining weight are important parts of a healthy pregnancy, so keep your doctor informed.