You may not be conscious of it, but even without a sign of queasiness or a bout of vomiting, you may have made it through your first trimester. But without the feeling of queasiness, you may probably wonder if you are pregnant or not.
Many factors can all play a role in how nauseous you feel, including your hormones, rest level, and diet. Symptoms of pregnancy differ significantly with every woman and every pregnancy.
It’s worth noting that there’s no such thing as “normal”. Read on to learn what morning sickness is, why you can still be pregnant even without it, and why you might not experience it.
What Is Morning Sickness?
Morning sickness is also referred to as nausea gravidarum, nausea/vomiting of pregnancy (NVP), emesis gravidarum, and pregnancy sickness. For several women, morning sickness symptoms are their first signs of pregnancy.
Morning sickness concerns about 80% of all pregnant women. Women who use hormonal contraception or HRT (hormone replacement therapy) may have morning sickness-like symptoms, too.
Morning sickness, while an uncomfortable occurrence, does not pose a health risk to the baby in the vast majority of cases, and is a normal part of pregnancy.
Indeed, some studies say that morning sickness during pregnancy can be a symptom of a healthy pregnancy, with lower rates of miscarriages and stillbirths as opposed to pregnancies without nausea or vomiting.
No Morning Sickness: Pregnancy is Still Possible
If you don’t experience morning sickness, there’s still a chance you might be pregnant. Morning sickness, for a majority of people, is merely a symptom of pregnancy they never feel. The lack of nausea and vomiting does not in and of itself mean something is wrong.
If you’re pregnant with no nausea, you may feel fortunate, puzzled, or even worried. Since morning sickness is a symptom of the first trimester so widely mentioned, it may seem strange if you don’t have it.
“Nearly 30 percent of pregnant women completely skip out on any nausea”, according to Michele Hakakha, M.D., FACOG, an ob-gyn in Beverly Hills and author of Expecting 411.
Why You Might Not Have Morning Sickness
It can be misleading if you don’t have morning sickness, but there’s a reason behind it. You may have a stronger constitution, one that is better able to manage the rapid increase in levels of hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin), estrogen, and other hormones that occur in the first trimester.
Those rates increase rapidly during pregnancy — the rates of hCG alone double each week within the first weeks of pregnancy — and that can make your stomach churn just like a fast trip on a roller coaster.
When you reach the second trimester, those levels of hormones will taper to a more manageable level while still increasing. A lack of morning sickness may mean in a few women that their hormone levels are much lower than average and that they are at higher risk of miscarriage.
But, that’s not always the case — and you should certainly not panic if you don’t have any morning sickness, as long as your ob-gyn feels your hormone levels look fine.
If you have been very nauseous in previous pregnancies, take comfort that there is no assurance you will feel it again only because you have experienced morning sickness in the past.
If you’re newly pregnant and don’t experience morning sickness, you might start worrying. Also, if you feel that you’re pregnant but don’t have morning sickness, use a pregnancy test to make sure.
Try taking a deep breath and pausing for a minute to think about specific pregnancy symptoms you may experience. The morning sickness may vary from pregnancy to pregnancy, for better or worse.