What exactly are the causes of morning sickness? Grandma Mary might say the morning sickness cause is that you are having a girl. Your doctor might say it’s due to hormonal shifts.
Everyone has their own view of what causes this condition. And, indeed, it may be just a little different for each woman. The more you can learn about the causes, the better you’ll be able to fight them off.
After doing lots of research, I’ve come up with a top ten list of causes of morning sickness:
1. Protection – It may just be your body’s way of protecting your unborn baby from foods and food additives that would not be good for the baby. You are forced to slow your life down as you deal with morning sickness. Once you are resting, your body can use all energies for growing that beautiful baby. This is just one of the causes of morning sickness.
2. Low Electrolyte Levels – Electrolytes are electrically conductive substances in your body. These substances are important for many things, such as body hydration, blood pH, and nerve and muscle function. If you are low on electrolytes, your entire body suffers.
3. Pregnancy Hormones – How often have you heard that hormones might be the culprit? Probably as often as I have! But, in this case, it’s probably a pretty good indicator. The estrogen and progesterone hormones fluctuate so quickly during the first trimester, it’s hard to believe it wouldn’t make you sick.
4. Relaxed Digestive Muscles – Another outcome of shifting hormones is that the muscles in your body are being relaxed through the additional amount of progesterone in your body. Your stomach then empties more slowly and this may be affecting your nausea during early pregnancy.
5. Dehydration – Water is an extremely important building block for our body. Once your body starts to form another life, the need for water only increases. In fact, dehydration is one of the number one causes of pre-term labor. So, drink up!
6. Hyponatremia (or Low Blood Sodium) – This is actually a combination of low blood sodium and low electrolyte levels. If you ingest too many fluids, the sodium/electrolyte levels in your body won’t be able to keep up and the blood will be diluted. * I know numbers 5 and 6 seem like such contradictory statements. What’s a girl to do? You know your body better than anyone – drink as much as you think you can handle. If your morning sickness suddenly becomes worse, check with your doctor right away about one of these two issues.
7. Hypoglycemia (or Low Blood Sugar) – Try to eat frequent, small, nutritionally-balanced snacks or meals throughout the day. This will help prevent your blood sugar from falling too low.
8. Hypokalemia (or Low Blood Potassium) – Once again, the onset of morning sickness could make hypokalemia worse because vomiting and diarrhea will deplete your body of even more potassium.
9. hCG Levels – HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) is produced during pregnancy initially by the tiny baby and then the placenta takes over. The higher your hCG level, the more chance of severe morning sickness.
10. Too Much Girl In You? – Even though this has been looked at mostly as an old wives’ tale throughout history, some have legitimately linked more severe cases of morning sickness with girl babies. In my own experience, this holds true. I’ve had three girls and two boys and my “girl” pregnancies were worse than the “boy” ones. Your “girl” hormones working to produce a baby with even more “girl” hormones means way too much girl stuff going on!
This certainly doesn’t cover it all! Many will agree that the collective “we” of humanity cannot really determine an overall morning sickness cause. Because each woman is so different in so many aspects, I don’t think we’ll ever pinpoint one factor or even several causes of morning sickness.