While “morning sickness” does tend to be more intense upon waking and shortly thereafter, the fact is that nausea during pregnancy can be experienced during any time of the day, as many women will attest.
Nausea and/or vomiting tends to begin around week six and last through about week 14 or 18; while this is the case for the majority of women who experience symptoms (about 75% of all pregnant women report morning sickness), there are a few who continue to have them throughout the pregnancy.
Although morning sickness is definitely common and cannot possibly last longer than nine months, it is a quite unpleasant condition for which you can and should still seek relief. It is likely a combination of hormonal, physical, and psychological factors which is responsible for morning sickness, though each woman is different and the causes have not been clearly identified.
This includes, of course, human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) – also known as the pregnancy hormone, nausea levels tend to match levels of hCG; in addition, increased estrogen can affect your system and especially explain the sensitivity to aromas that is common to pregnant women. If a woman normally “feels sick” (nauseated) or even throws up when she is stressed, some researchers feel that it is therefore to be expected that she would do the same during pregnancy.
While not scientifically tested or confirmed, there are many techniques, none involving medication, that might bring you relief from your nausea; generations of women swear by their efficacy, and it is likely that one or more will work for you. It is important to try to eat frequently during the day, so your stomach doesn’t ever get totally empty; for the same reason, you can put a little box of crackers by your bed to have when you wake up.
Stay laying down for a while, approximately half an hour, and then try getting out of bed – many women experience less nausea.
In general, pregnant women will want to be slow and easy getting out of bed in the mornings. Some women swear that high-protein foods help relieve nausea, while others find comfort in high-carbohydrate ones; whatever works for you, you’ll probably want to stay away from anything which is spicy, rich, or acidic. If certain foods – even if nearly all foods – cause nausea, go ahead and avoid them, even if it means that your diet isn’t exactly balanced. You’ll want to try to eat fairly bland foods, and also to eat them while they are at room temperature or even cold, because hot foods have stronger odors. If you have been vomiting, drinking lots of liquids is even more important than usual; try sipping sports drinks, cold fizzy drinks, and ginger teas or ales in between meals (so you don’t get too full). Be aware that nausea can be caused by non-food triggers, such as strong odors or motion (like being in the car); you may also try options like using an acupressure wristband or hypnosis to find nausea relief.
Do keep in mind that if natural remedies aren’t working for you, you can and should talk with your doctor about other options; just because morning sickness is a common condition, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer.