When morning sickness brings horrid symptoms like nausea and loss of appetite, there’s more than a few pregnant moms who start to worry if it’s just going to go on and on, and on…
But the good news? Morning sickness does stop eventually. Let’s cover the ways morning sickness finishes, and when to expect it.
How long does morning sickness last for most moms?
In most cases, morning sickness ends as the stable period begins at around Month 5 (Week 16 to Week 19 of pregnancy). The term “stable period” refers to the fact that the placenta has finished developing, and both the baby and mother’s bodies are “stabilized.”
It’s thought that the improvement in morning sickness symptoms during this period is caused by the drop in hCG hormone secretions when the placenta is fully formed. At this time, the baby’s fetal movements (also called “quickening”) become easier to feel as well.
The end of morning sickness, together with the sensation of the baby alive and moving around, can be a great psychological as well as physiological relief for pregnant moms. However, in some rare cases morning sickness can continue all the way through the final month of pregnancy. In reality, there is a great deal of variation from person to person.
How does morning sickness end? What are the signs?
Whenever you’ve been unwell, it usually takes a while until you feel 100% back to your old self again. The same applies to morning sickness. Many women find that the end of morning sickness is a gradual process. For example, they may find their nausea steadily improves, or they may notice that while morning sickness had been affecting their hunger levels, they are able to satisfy their appetite little by little.
However, there are many different patterns of recovery. Some moms find that their morning sickness does come to a sudden stop. Others feel much better, but still continue to have milder morning sickness symptoms. Some mothers even find that their morning sickness stops for a while, only to make a comeback in the final stages of pregnancy.
Sometimes, miscarriage can also trigger the sudden end of morning sickness. This is depends on individual factors, and it certainly isn’t the only the possible cause. However, if you have any symptoms you’re concerned about, don’t hesitate see your doctor.
Taking care of yourself after morning sickness stops
Many women find that their morning sickness gradually improves. But, even once you start to feel better, it’s best to go easy on yourself, rather than jump straight back into your normal routine. Don’t push yourself too hard when it comes to work. Feeling stressed or overburdened can even make your morning sickness symptoms flare up again.
Once you settle into the stable period, but you don’t feel fetal movements in your belly yet, it can sometimes be hard to tell that you’ve got a baby in there. But remember, you’ve got an important role to play by taking care of your body.
It’s also best not to overindulge in food and drink once your morning sickness is over. Instead, start with easily digestible foods, and gradually work your way back to a normal diet. It’s easy to put on weight as your appetite increases, so you’ll need to keep an eye on this, too.
Morning sickness will have an end
How and when morning sickness ends varies a lot from person to person, but it’s counterproductive to spend a lot of time thinking about it. Try thinking of your morning sickness as a positive sign that you are pregnant to stay optimistic while you’re riding it out.