Nausea and vomiting aren’t the most desirable pregnancy symptoms, however, they are fairly common. Between 50 and 90 percent of women experience some degree of nausea, with or without vomiting during pregnancy. Typically nausea will subside by week 14, but symptoms can continue longer depending on the severity. Although it is often referred to as ‘Morning Sickness’ these symptoms are more likely to be present throughout the day.
Severe cases of nausea and vomiting are referred to as Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This diagnosis is given when vomiting and nausea are occurring daily and in some cases, several times each day. During Hyperemesis Gravidarum a person may lose more than five percent of their pre-pregnancy body weight.
Less severe cases of nausea and vomiting in pregnancy usually do not require medical treatment. However, medical advice should be sought if you are concerned or would like to explore medication to help with the symptoms. Some signs and symptoms that should always trigger a call to your medical provider include any sign of dehydration, dizziness, dark-colored or infrequent urination, vomit containing blood, fever, abdominal or pelvic cramps, inability to retain food or drink, or a decrease in weight greater than five pounds.
There is no single explanation for the cause and severity of nausea and vomiting. Factors believed to play a role include genetics, previous pregnancies with n