Of all the things to be concerned about during pregnancy, it seems ironic that some women worry because they have experienced no morning sickness. Despite rumors that a lack of morning sickness is a sign of an impending miscarriage, a woman's experience with nausea and fatigue likely has nothing to do with the success of her pregnancy. If you are pregnant and have no morning sickness, it simply means that you're fortunate enough not to have morning sickness.
Some pregnant women are sick all day, and others are sick at specific times of the day. Some are nauseous throughout their first trimester but feel great the remainder of the pregnancy, and others suffer the entire nine months. Then there are those women who are fortunate enough to spend their entire pregnancy with no morning sickness and only a growing belly to remind them that a child is on the way.
There are a number of suspected reasons that you might experience morning sickness. One is human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), a hormone that rises abruptly during the early months of pregnancy. In a woman who is carrying multiples, this hormone floods the body at even greater levels and causes more incidence of morning sickness.
Some women, possibly sensitive to hCG, can react to it by feeling sick, but it won't impact others in the least. A sensitive gastrointestinal tract or sensitivity to particular odors also can trigger the symptoms of morning sickness in some women, but certainly not in all. Researchers are unsure why one expectant mother might become ill and another woman who is experiencing the same changes to her body has no morning sickness.
There is a school of thought, particularly unpopular with anyone suffering from morning sickness, proposing that some women are psychologically predisposed to morning sickness as a response to the stress of being pregnant. Opponents of this theory say that it would make more sense if it meant that a woman with no morning sickness felt no stress about becoming a mother. That is not necessarily the case, however.
There is no need for you to feel concern if you do not experience morning sickness. Any nagging worry should be checked out with your physician, but the truth is that it is natural for some women to breeze through pregnancy without feeling especially pregnant. It is estimated that 75 percent of women experience some level of morning sickness during their pregnancies. That means that 25 percent of expectant mothers will experience none.
If you feel that you are missing out by not having morning sickness, keep in mind that not all pregnancies are alike. It is quite possible that your next bundle of joy will come after nine months of teeth-rattling morning sickness. If that happens, you will look back with fondness on your pregnancy that came with no morning sickness.