One of the most noticeable early signs of pregnancy is morning sickness – which, despite its name, can actually occur at any time during the day. Though some women experience severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, others may only experience it only once or twice and some may not experience it at all. Why are some pregnant women more prone to morning sickness? What are the risk factors of this early signs of pregnancy?
Previous History of Morning Sickness
Women who have experienced morning sickness during a previous pregnancy are more likely to suffer from the problem again during a future pregnancy. This is generally one of the best indicators of whether or not you will suffer from nausea and vomiting during a second pregnancy. On the other hand, some women won’t experience morning sickness the second or third time around.
History of Nausea or Motion Sickness
If you have a history of nausea and/or motion sickness, you are more likely to experience morning sickness during pregnancy. Women who have experienced nausea when exposed to estrogen, such as when they started a new birth control pill, are more likely to become nauseous or vomit during pregnancy. Those who become nauseous due to certain smells or tastes and/or have a history of migraines are also more likely to experience morning sickness.
Carrying Twins or Multiples
According to BabyCenter.com, women who carry twins or multiples are at a higher risk of severe morning sickness. This is likely due to the higher levels of hCG or estrogen which will occur among pregnant women carrying more than one baby. However, some pregnant women carrying twins or multiples may experience mild or no morning sickness at all.
Diet During Pregnancy
The diet that you follow during pregnancy may determine whether or not you will experience morning sickness. According to Consumer Reports, a study has shown that a pregnancy diet which is higher in saturated fats (e.g. meat, cheese, butter) is more common among women who have severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Following a diet which is high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean meats (e.g. turkey, white chicken meat, and fish) is ideal.
Ultimately, it is important to keep in mind that while some women will experience morning sickness during pregnancy, others will not. To reduce your likelihood of having nausea and vomiting while you are pregnant, it is best to follow a healthy diet and never take prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach.
BabyCenter.com, “Morning Sickness: Causes, concerns, treatment.”
Consumer Reports, “Risk factors for nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.”
MayoClinic.com, “Morning sickness – Risk factors.”