Morning sickness, the feeling of nausea and vomiting, which affect most pregnant women in their early stages of conception, can occur at any time. This could be morning, evening or night. If you have a feeling of nausea or vomiting in the evening, you may call it “pregnancy evening sickness”. The name misleads us to think that this can happen only in the mornings. By and large expectant mothers experience the feeling of nausea in the morning hours only.
It is a natural occurrence designed to protect the unborn baby from the effects food toxins that could affect baby’s growth. During early stages of pregnancy, there is an increased presence of various hormones in the body. These hormones increase the sense of smell, secretion of acid in the stomach. It is the body’s defense mechanism trying to protect the unborn baby and any unpleasant smell or feeling will trigger morning sickness.
There are quite a lot of rumors floating around to confirm that excessive feeling of morning sickness may indicate fetus being a girl; the lack of it or suffering from evening or night sickness may indicate fetus being a boy. There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. Many women have discussed their experiences of morning sickness in forums, but there is no clear pattern emerging to link morning sickness to sex of the baby. Women who carry multiples seem to suffer more from evening or night sickness.
There is no difference between pregnancy morning sickness and pregnancy evening sickness. It is all the same feeling of vomiting and nausea that makes you sick and sour. It is the increased level of hormones that cause this nausea and that can happen at any time of the day. Many a times a spicy lunch could be the culprit to cause the evening sickness. It is important to avoid spicy and fried foods during the early stages of pregnancy.
Precautions to avoid morning, evening or night sickness:
Avoid empty stomach; eat protein rich food in small quantities at regular intervals. Avoid spicy, fried food.
Drink plenty of water or juice to replenish lost fluid.
Drink ginger, lemon beverages to control nausea.
Sleep in a well ventilated room, avoid smells that repel you.
Avoid jerky movements when getting up from bed.
Morning, evening or night sickness – whatever you may call it, pregnant women cannot avoid this. The good news is that it lasts only for a few weeks.