How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

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Pregnancy and morning sickness go hand in hand, as not many women are able to escape it. The term ‘morning sickness’ is a bit misleading because most women feel nauseated throughout their whole day, not just in the morning. The technical term is really ‘nausea and vomiting of pregnancy’. Whatever you call it, you will want to be informed and know what causes morning sickness, what remedies may bring you relief, and have an answer to ‘How long does morning sickness last?’ so that you can be ready.

What Causes Morning Sickness?

There are many reasons that you can experience nausea and vomiting throughout your pregnancy. One of the prime suspects is the hormone HCG, which rapidly rises during early pregnancy (when morning sickness is most likely to occur.) Higher levels of HCG are known to cause even more sickness during a pregnancy. Other reasons may be a rise in estrogen, enhanced sense of smell and taste, a stomach that is easily upset, and stress.

You are more likely to have morning sickness if you are pregnant with multiples, have had morning sickness in the past, have a history of migraine headaches, or have a genetic predisposition to nausea.

How Long Does Morning Sickness Last?

There is no right answer to this as it depends on your body and history. For instance, if you have a sensitive stomach and are genetically set up to have morning sickness, then chances are you will experience it longer than someone who does not have those issues.

It is most likely to occur in the first trimester and stop around the 12th week, however some women experience it for less time, some women experience it well past the 12th week mark, and some women experience it throughout their whole pregnancy.

In addition, you may experience hyperemesis gravidarum in your pregnancy, which literally means excessive vomiting in pregnancy. Women experiencing hyperemesis can end up throwing up several times in a day and become unable to consume food or drink without throwing up. This can start very early, before the 5th week of pregnancy, and it can last anywhere from a few weeks to the entire pregnancy. Unfortunately, many mothers who have this condition need to be hospitalized at some point during their pregnancy because of dehydration. Fortunately, it is fairly uncommon, and is most common for a short time in the early parts of pregnancy.

Morning Sickness Remedies

There are many things you can do to relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. Following are a few suggestions that may help you find relief.

Get up slowly – Instead of rushing out of bed in the morning, allow yourself plenty of time to wake up and start moving. Moving too fast can cause nausea to come on, especially on an empty stomach.

Eat and drink all day – Overeating and hunger can both cause nausea to occur, so from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, you should eat small meals that do not make you too full. Also, you should drink water before eating to help you judge how full or hungry you are while eating so that you don’t end up overeating.

Get rest – Rest can help your body relax and rejuvenate, which can help to alleviate stress and nausea, but do not take a nap directly after eating as that is known to make the nausea worse. Instead, allow your body some time to digest the food and then take a nap.

Avoid spicy and greasy foods – These have high potential to cause you to become nauseated, both from smell and from indigestion. Bland meals that do not have a strong smell will be less likely to cause nausea. The BRAT diet is a good starting point if you are looking for a bland diet.

Eat stomach settling foods – There are some foods that are known to naturally settle your stomach and provide relief from nausea. These foods include ginger, crackers, peppermint, jello, and lemons. Include these in your meals or eat them on their own.

Hyperemesis Remedies

If you experience hyperemesis, then the usual remedies will likely not work for you. Your doctor may offer you medication, as there are some safe drugs that will help your sickness. For instance, they may recommend Diclectin®, which is a combination of an antihistamine and vitamin B6. However, if you don’t respond to the drug, or if dehydration starts to set in, then your doctor may admit you to the hospital to hydrate you intravenously.

In the end, there is no one answer to ‘How long does morning sickness last?’ Every woman will experience morning sickness differently when it comes to length and severity. However, by using some of the remedies mentioned above, you can relieve or lessen your symptoms.

Remedies for When You're Feeling Nauseous


Feeling nauseous? Start with these simple steps to get rid of the stomach sickness.

  1. Stay Hydrated

The first thing you should do is hydrate. Although water is great, consider electrolyes solutions.  Electrolyte solutions that contain some sugar with the salts actually help your body hydrate better than those that do not.  Your goal should be to have a sweet and salty blend, such as Gatorade® or Allsport®.  These fluids help balance your electrolyte levels, prevent dehydration, and minimize vomiting.

  1. Acupuncture

For a quick fix, trying holding your wrist in one hand, and use your thumb to apply pressure to the inside just below the wrist. Keep your middle and index fingers on the top side of your wrist.

  1. Find the right environment

As you try and recover from a bout of nausea, lie down somewhere that you can keep your head still. Avoid hot rooms, intense perfumes, or smelly areas. A fan blowing on your face doesn’t just feel good, it helps with nausea. Going for a walk outside to get some fresh air helps too. Even more effective is lying face down on a cold floor.

  1. Mother Nature Rules

  2. If that isn’t enough, try ginger. A number of scientific studies have shown it to be one of the most effective home remedies for nausea. If you don’t have ginger at home or your local grocery store doesn’t stock ginger root, you can use candied ginger, ginger tea, or medical ginger such as ginger tummydrops. Most OB doctors do not recommend taking ginger capsules.  As well as helping with nausea, ginger minimizes stomach pain and stimulates your digestive system… and it’s quite powerful.  If you can stomach it,

chew on a little piece of raw ginger root.  This can go a long way towards getting rid of the nausea of morning sickness, motion sickness, or surgical treatment. Studies have even shown ginger to be effective at dealing with the nausea from cancer treatment.

Peppermint oil is also a great soother of the digestive system.  It has multiple beneficial effects, but one of the main actions is to relax the intense contractions of the intestines, called spasms, that can cause pain and lead to nausea.  For a quick peppermint cocktail, put one drop of peppermint oil in a cup of water.  For a special version, dissolve 3 peppermint tummydrops in a cup of hot water.  Not only does it taste great and work quick, it makes your house smell wonderful.

  1. The Nurses Fix

Although not recommended for home, in a “nausea emergency,” nurses sometimes tear open a packet of alcohol wipes and hold them under a patient’s nose. The smell can do away with vomit inducing levels of nausea very quickly.

  1. It’s All About the Food

For longer term bouts of nausea, start by making sure you get meals and snacks on a regular basis. Belief it or not, hunger can make you feel sick. Don’t overdo it, of course. Try snacking on light, low-fat foods like crackers to keep a little salt in your stomach and keep stomach sickness at bay. Bananas and applesauce are worth trying as well: the bananas have potassium that may get lost when you’re feeling nauseous, and a little applesauce can help reduce symptoms when they strike.  They are also part of a bland diet recommended by many doctors called the BRATY diet, which consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, and yogurt.


What About Over-the-Counter Drugs?

If you have an upset stomach, medicines like Pepto Bismol® and Mylanta® can help.  Emetrol® is often used for nausea in children.  It is a very sweet sugar syrup that is believed to help through its effects on the body’s insulin.  If you don’t have travel plans, consider Dramamine® or Bonine®.  It can help, but will definitely make you sleepy.  As always, the contents of this article are for informational purposes only, be sure to discuss your health concerns further with your physician.


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Get Rid of Your Sick Feeling: Anti-Nausea Medication


Many of us have experienced the dreadful feeling of nausea.  Whether by itself or followed by vomiting, there are few feelings worse than queasiness.   The worst is when nausea lingers and you can’t seem to find relief.

Nausea can be caused by many conditions, which can make it hard to treat.  Some causes are related to the digestive system, such as gallbladder problems, while other causes have nothing to do with the GI tract, such as migraine headaches.  Some of the most common causes are gastrointestinal infections, food poisoning, motion sickness, morning sickness (if you’re in the early stages of pregnancy), and treatments associated with diseases such as cancer. 

There are several over-the-counter solutions to help subside your nausea.  The problem is that many of these are not very effective, and can have side effects like sleepiness.  Fortunately, Mother Nature has her own natural anti nausea medications.  These home remedies are often effective without the side effects of anti nausea medications.  Here are some of the causes of nausea and home remedies that may help.

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is very common in expectant moms during the first trimester of pregnancy. Research shows 50%-80% of women will experience morning sickness. This can be a very uncomfortable time. 

The first thing to consider is your diet. It’s important to eat smaller meals more frequently. You want to also keep foods around that naturally combat nausea such as bread, crackers, bland cereal, and ginger ale

Acupuncture is also a natural remedy thatmany women with severe morning sickness find helpful. Research supports acupuncture twice per week during the time when morning sickness is most active

Ginger is also a natural remedy. It’s been used for centuries in cooking and for other medical purposes. This can be served hot in tea to be sipped throughout the day.  For those of you who need something a little stronger and more convenient, ginger tummydrops are a good option.

Peppermint oil is also a nice, soothing natural remedy. By placing a water warming dish next to your bed at night coupled with several drops of peppermint oil, the smell will naturally offer relief for the nausea feeling.  Also consider peppermint tea and medical peppermints such as peppermint tummydrops.

Motion or car sickness

Once again, ginger and acupuncture are commonly used to naturally address motion or car sickness. It’s also recommended to keep your head steady during travel. Find a nice resting place or utilize your headrest. Reading during motion can also contribute to the sensation of nausea. Avoid reading, and focus on a single, distant object instead.

Food poisoning

We have all experienced food poisoning. The good news is that time is the best healer for most cases.  While you are experiencing bad nausea, make sure you stay hydrated with electrolyte beverages like Gatorade®.   Make sure you notify you doctor as well if you feel as though you are getting more sick and dehydrated.  The same bland foods helpful for other causes of nausea, as well as peppermint and ginger, can help you get through this uncomfortable time.

Some advocate apple cider vinegar as a natural remedy for food poisoning.   For those who choose this method, they usually take one teaspoon diluted in one glass of water.

Other natural herbs that can also help quell nausea are lemon balm, basil, cumin, ginger.  Honey and garlic are also used as natural remedies to soothe the aches, pains, and nausea associated with food poisoning. 

When does morning sickness start?

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There are so many questions that women have when they first find out that they are pregnant. This is an exciting time in your life, but it can also be an uncertain one, especially if this is your first pregnancy. One of the most common queries people have is when does morning sickness start. Most cases start between the fourth week and the sixth week of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the sick feeling does not just come in the mornings as the name implies. It can affect you all throughout the day. Instead of just asking yourself when does morning sickness start, you need to also find out what you can do to get through this trying time.

Although some women are lucky enough to not experience any morning sickness throughout their pregnancy, the vast majority of them will have some during the early phases. Fifty to eighty percent of mothers to be experience some type of morning sickness. While it usually is no cause for concern, it is still uncomfortable. If you are pregnant and experiencing the sudden nausea that comes along with morning sickness, here are a few simple tips that might help.

1. Try to keep something in your stomach at all times. Instead of eating three large meals, consider eating five to six smaller meals or snacks. Saltine crackers, dry toast and other bland carbs can also help to curb nausea.

2. Make sure you stay hydrated. Sometimes this can be difficult when you're not feeling well. You will want to avoid heavily sweetened juices, as they can increase stomach acid and nausea. Ginger can help lessen the feeling of nausea making ginger ale or ginger tea a good choice. Electrolyte drinks can also help to keep you hydrated and can be frozen into ice pops as well.

3. Try wearing some acupressure bands. These are usually used to help relieve motion sickness, but can be very effective at helping to relieve the symptoms of morning sickness.

4. Consider taking your prenatal vitamins at bedtime. Sometimes they can make you feel nauseous, but taking them at nighttime makes it less noticeable because you will be sleeping.

5. Keep some peppermint oil nearby. Peppermint naturally helps the stomach. Putting one or two drops of this oil on a tissue and sniffing it can relax you and help the feeling of morning sickness to pass.

Now that you know a few things that might help when you start feeling sick, you'll be much better equipped to deal with the morning sickness when it does come. "When does morning sickness start" is just the beginning, and hopefully you have gotten a few other answers to your questions as well. Although morning sickness is difficult to deal with, it usually only persists for a few weeks. What is important is that you take care of yourself during this time and do what helps you the most. Although morning sickness is uncomfortable, it should pass within a couple of months. It won't last forever, and before you know it, it will be time for your little bundle of joy to arrive!

31 Gluten-Free Tips for Celiac Disease Awareness Month May 2013

content The tummy doc is proud to bring you a gluten-free tip for each day of Celiac Disease Awareness Month

May 1st

Celiac disease is one of the most common chronic medical conditions in the world

May 2nd

Celiac disease is also known as celiac sprue and gluten enteropathy

May 3rd

New medical research suggests that 1 in every 133 Americans have celiac disease

May 4th

Some people think that celiac disease is more common today because doctors are more aware of the condition.  Others speculate that genetic modification of grains has led to this drastic increase

May 5th

Celiac disease can affect any age group, from infants to the elderly

May 6th

Celiac disease is not an allergy, but rather an autoimmune disease

May 7th

In celiac disease, the body’s immune system is revved up by certain proteins commonly found in grains.    This overactive immune system can damage many parts of the body, in particular the small intestine

May 8thth

Although often known as a “wheat gluten” disease, the real culprits are certain types of proteins that make up gluten called prolamines.  In wheat, the bad prolamine is gliadin, in barley it is hordein, and in rye, it is secalin.

May 9th

In celiac disease, the barrier of the small intestine becomes “leaky” and lets more substances, like proteins, enter into the body

May 10th

The common symptoms of celiac disease are caused by the small intestine not being able to digest food properly, a condition called malabsorption

May 11th

Malabsorption can lead to nutritional deficiencies such as iron, calcium, Vitamin D, and vitamin B12

May 12th

Malabsorption can lead to foul smelling gas and diarrhea.  This happens because the bacteria in your colon ferment the undigested food that passes through your small intestine


May 13th

Other common symptoms of celiac disease are abdominal pain and fatigue

May 14th

The symptoms of celiac disease are often mistaken as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)

May 15th

Children with celiac disease may present with poor growth, abdominal pain, and constipation

May 16th

Sometimes, celiac disease has no symptoms

May 17th

Celiac disease is diagnosed by the following criteria:

  1. +Having a positive blood test, usually the anti-tissue transglutaminase antibody (anti-TTG)
  2. +Having either a biopsy of the small intestine that shows damage to villi, the carpet-like lining cells that digest and absorb food; or having a skin biopsy that shows dermatitis herpetiformis, a very itchy skin condition that commonly affects the elbows, knees, buttocks, and back

May 18th

Some people with celiac disease have low levels of IgA.  IgA is a “flavor” of antibody that protects your digestive system and lungs from infection

May 19th

Some people with celiac disease have evidence of liver cell damage

May 20th

People with celiac disease have a higher risk of canker sores and poor dentition

May 21st

People with celiac disease have a higher risk of having weak bones

May 22nd

People with celiac disease are more likely to have other chronic pain syndromes, such as migraine headaches

May 23rd

The only treatment for celiac disease currently is to follow a strict gluten-free diet

iStock_000014769178SmallMay 24th

Researchers are working on several new therapies for celiac disease.  One is a medicine that you take with meals to break down gluten before it reaches your small intestine

May 25th

Other possible therapies include grains that are genetically modified to remove the genes that make gliadin, or medicines that block zonulin, a substance in your body that makes the gut “leaky”

May 26th

On a gluten-free diet, all symptoms, as well as bloodwork and biopsies, should go back to normal

May 27th

Some people have what is called non-celiac gluten sensitivity.  In this condition, people feel better on a gluten-free diet, but do not have the positive bloodwork and biopsies found in celiac disease


May 28th

Gluten is literally a food glue.  In baking, the gluten strands give the dough strength so that it doesn’t break when air pockets form.  This lets you bake bread that is light as air.  It also adds chewiness to pastas.

May 29th

Xantham gum and guar gum are natural sugars that can replace gluten as a food glue and help you create delicious gluten-free meals

May 30th

If you have celiac disease, you should avoid all wheat products (wheat, bulgur, spelt,durum, farina, graham flour, kamut, semolina), rye, triticale, and barley.  A product is considered gluten-free if it contains less than 20 parts per million of gluten, although more strict criteria define it as less than 10 or even 5 parts per million.

May 31st

Some gluten-free grains and starches include rice, soy, corn, buckwheat, sorghum, tapioca, amaranth, flax, millet, quinoa, teff, arrowroot, and cassava.  Some oats are gluten-free, be careful with this one

There are literally thousands of great gluten-free resources out there, here are just a few…

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Many brands offer great gluten-free products.  Here are a few…

  • +Udi’s gluten-free baked goods
  • +King Arthur gluten-free brownie mix
  • +Glutino gluten-free pastas and products
  • +tummydrops gluten-free lozenges for tummy upsets
  • +Annie’s Rice Pastas
  • +Bob’s Red Mill gluten-Free Flours
  • +Did anyone say beer?  Many are available, the first sorghum based beer released in mass quantities is Bard’s.  Omission beers are malt based, but have had the gluten-removed.  They have less than 20 parts per million gluten, but are not labeled gluten-free as of yet.

Many restaurant chains offer gluten-free dining.  Here are just a few…

  • +Outback Steakhouse
  • +Red Robin
  • +Chipolte
  • +Chick-fil-A
  • +Bonefish Grill
  • +Red Brick Pizza
  • +PF Changs
  • +Pizzeria Uno


To a Productive Celiac Disease Awareness Month,


Dustin James MD

The Tummy Doc

Board-Certified Gastroenterologist

Author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide® to Digestive Health

Reading, sharing, or other utilization of this article does not establish a doctor patient relationship with the article’s author.  As always, be sure to consult with your physician regarding your health related issues before initiating or changing any medicines. 

Top 5 Reasons to Love Buckwheat!

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1.  It's gluten-free.  Those with celiac disease or gluten intolerance, rejoice!  

2.  It's a great source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble.

3.  It contains all the essential amino acids, that's right, it has lysine.

4.  It's a great source of iron, keep those blood cells and muscles happy!

5.  It contains the natural antioxidant rutin, which can help calm inflammation and may help lower blood pressure!


Beat Allergies with Sushi!

A recent Swedish study showed that children who ate fish more than twice per month before the age of 12 had less allergies.  

  • +The researchers speculate that the healthy fats in fish, including omega-3-fatty acids may lead to this benefit.  
  • +They also cautioned parents to consider that some fish like swordfish contain high levels of mercury and to avoid over-eating these.
  • +Sushi anyone!

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