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Morning sickness

Morning sickness

Overview

Morning sickness usually begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues until the 14th to 16th week. Although, some women can have nausea and vomiting through their entire pregnancy. Morning sickness is very common and does not hurt the baby in any way.

The exact cause of morning sickness is unknown. However, it may be caused by either hormonal changes or lower blood sugar during early pregnancy. Emotional stress, traveling, or some foods can aggravate the problem.

Review Date 8/26/2017

Updated by: Peter J Chen, MD, FACOG, Associate Professor of OBGYN at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.