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Morning Sickness Myths & Facts Quiz

Morning sickness occurs only in the morning.

The correct answer is myth. Morning sickness got its name because it often occurs in the morning. However, nausea and vomiting that occurs with pregnancy can occur at any time of the day.

Morning sickness is very common.

The correct answer is fact. Most pregnant women have at least some nausea and about a third have vomiting.

Having morning sickness after your first three months means that something is wrong.

The correct answer is myth. Morning sickness often begins during the first month of pregnancy and continues through the 3rd or 4th month. Some women have nausea and vomiting through their entire pregnancy. Talk with your doctor about ways to manage morning sickness.

Morning sickness will harm your baby.

The correct answer is false. Morning sickness won't hurt your baby in any way unless you lose weight because of severe vomiting. Mild weight loss during the first trimester is common and is not harmful to the baby. Call your doctor if you can't keep any food down or you lose more than 2 pounds in one week.

If you have severe morning sickness with one pregnancy, you will have it with later pregnancies.

The correct answer is myth. You can have morning sickness with one pregnancy and not have it during the next.

If you have severe morning sickness, you may be having twins or triplets.

The correct answer is fact. Nausea in pregnancy is more common and can be worse with twins or triplets. But remember, most women who have morning sickness are not carrying twins or triplets

Morning sickness can cause your body to not have as much water and fluids as it should.

The correct answer is true. This condition is called hyperemesis gravidarum. Vitamin B6 pills or medicine from your doctor may help. Or you may need to receive fluids through your vein (IV). Call your doctor right away if you have severe nausea and vomiting.

Which if the following can make morning sickness worse?

The correct answer is all of the above. Keeping a diary and writing down what you eat and how you feel may help you identify things that make you feel worse.

Which if the following can help reduce nausea?

The correct answer is any of the above. Ginger has been shown to help ease nausea. Instead of large meals, snack as often as every 1 - 2 hours during the day and drink plenty of fluids. Avoid foods high in fat and salt, but low in nutrition.

You should call your doctor if you notice which of the following symptoms:

The correct answer is any of the above. Having morning sickness past your 4th month is often normal, but it's a good idea to get it checked out. You should call your doctor right away if you vomit blood or material that looks like coffee grounds.

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