When will my morning sickness go away?

Q: I'm having awful morning sickness. When will I start to feel better?

A: You're not alone -- up to 80 percent of pregnant women experience nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy. But how severe symptoms are or how long they last varies from woman to woman. Some women may feel a queasiness that comes and goes, while others may feel sick enough to run to the bathroom a few times throughout the day. But take comfort in the fact that most women start to feel much better by week 16. Only a small number -- around 10 percent of moms-to-be -- may have upset stomachs all pregnancy long. If your morning sickness isn't letting up, let your doctor know. There are certain medications that can help you feel better, if natural remedies like ginger candy or a vitamin B6 supplement haven't helped.

In the meantime, be prepared and plan accordingly. Schedule meetings or presentations at work during times when you tend to feel your best, and avoid taking any vacations or big day trips for now. Stocking your purse with mints or gum, baby wipes, and an extra plastic bag can help you bounce back from sudden symptoms, wherever they may strike.

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