So when does morning sickness start?

Early pregnancy is such an intense time for most of us. Emotions and hormones are flowing. We observe our bodies in earnest, looking for even the subtlest change.

Is it a symptom or my imagination?

When exactly does morning sickness start?

when does morning sickness start.

Pregnancy’s signature symptom

Morning sickness is kind of like pregnancy’s signature symptom.

It’s the one that’s best known. It often springs to mind first when you think about the first trimester but it isn’t necessarily the earliest pregnancy symptom you’ll experience.

Morning sickness symptoms usually show up somewhere between week 5 and week 8. It can arrive a little earlier for some and a little later for others, but a week 5 to 8 start is the most common.

You should also know that not everybody experiences morning sickness symptoms and that’s normal too.

But don’t take our word for it! Read on to hear about the morning sickness experiences of other Mamas.

Other women share their morning sickness experiences

To get some more insight into the curious thing that is morning sickness we asked a bunch of Mamas the question “When did your morning sickness start?”.

  • I’m eight weeks pregnant – I’ve been sick since about 4 weeks but it’s definitely getting worse, it starts off slowly in the morning and by the afternoon I’m stuck lying down and not eating much at all.

  • With my first I had no morning sickness whatsoever. I’m currently 16 weeks with baby number 2 and it started about 6 or 7 weeks and finished about 14 weeks. I haven’t been sick in 2 weeks!

  • I got it at 6 weeks and it came on strong and lasted up until 16 weeks.

when does morning sickness start
  • Morning sickness started at 6 weeks in both pregnancies. I’m 12+2 wks with my second now. It stopped on the day of 12 wk scan with this one but I’m still getting it a little now. Early in this pregnancy I was worried something had happened when I had a good day!!! Can’t win really but morning sickness stinks!!!!!

  • I haven’t had it and I’m 11 weeks.

  • Nausea started at 4 weeks for me, peaked at about 7 weeks and is still going strong 11+3.

  • I had nothing with my son in my first pregnancy apart from feeling a bit sleepy, but with my current pregnancy I’ve had full on morning sickness with nasty migraines since week 5. I’m now week 10.

  • My morning sickness started in week 5, in the middle of the night.

  • I haven’t had any and I’m now 14+5. Lucky I guess.

  • My morning sickness started, with gusto out of nowhere, at 6 weeks. Gradually abating now (I’m just up to 13 wks).

  • With my first pregnancy (my daughter) morning sickness started about 6-7 weeks, and I was sick sick sick until 20-ish weeks. So far, nothing with my second and I’m 17 weeks!

  • I’ve been pregnant 3 times. My experience was: 6 weeks-18 weeks, 7 weeks-13 weeks (but I miscarried), 6 weeks to 22 weeks.

  • My morning sickness started at about 7 weeks and was worst at 11 weeks.

  • Mine started from the very beginning. It lasted until about 16 weeks. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone, it was truly awful to feel constantly nauseous and then each night I’d throw up as it reached a peak.

  • With both my pregnancies it started late, around 8 weeks. With my son, I threw up non-stop until about 20 weeks and then at least once a day until he was born! With this pregnancy, I have been constantly sick, right up to about 20 weeks. Now I am only throwing up 2-3 times per week. The advantage of an awful pregnancy is that you feel so good after you give birth!

  • With my first (my daughter), morning sickness started at 4 weeks and went to 23 weeks. It was constant, morning, noon and night. With my second I had about 3 days of sickness when I was 8 weeks. It could have been a stomach bug really. I was sure my second was a boy as the pregnancy symptoms were completely different. It was another little girl!

  • When did morning sickness start? I didn’t get any. I didn’t ‘feel pregnant’ until she started kicking! For most of my friends, sickness usually kicked in after 6 weeks.

  • With my first I never had any! With my second it started at around 5 weeks and lasted until 14 weeks!!

  • When did morning sickness start? When did it stop? That would be a better question. Morning sickness started at 4 weeks with each baby. With number 2 I had nausea until 40 weeks – no exaggeration.

  • With my first daughter, I constantly felt a bit ill but never chucked. With little girl number 2, I vomited constantly from day zero but felt amazing. I think every pregnancy is completely different (but I only have the two to go on!)

  • I’m eight weeks pregnant – I’ve been sick since about 4 weeks but it’s definitely getting worse, it starts off slowly in the morning and by the afternoon I’m stuck lying down and not eating much at all.

  • With my first I had no morning sickness whatsoever. I’m currently 16 weeks with baby number 2 and it started about 6 or 7 weeks and finished about 14 weeks. I haven’t been sick in 2 weeks!

  • I got it at 6 weeks and it came on strong and lasted up until 16 weeks.

  • Morning sickness started at 6 weeks in both pregnancies. I’m 12+2 wks with my second now. It stopped on the day of 12 wk scan with this one but I’m still getting it a little now. Early in this pregnancy I was worried something had happened when I had a good day!!! Can’t win really but morning sickness stinks!!!!!

  • Morning sickness started at 8 weeks and then stopped at 18. I am 20 weeks now, can still get nausea but haven’t actually thrown up for 2 weeks.

  • I have been nauseous for a week and a half, actually started throwing up today. I think I am just over 5 weeks but blood tests are saying perhaps I am 7-8 weeks along. I hope so because I want this sickness over and done with ASAP. I hate it!

  • Morning sickness started in week 5 lasted until about week 14. Absolutely horrendous.

  • First time, around 6 weeks until around 14. This time just slight queasiness but nothing else. I am about 9 weeks. Every pregnancy is different I guess.

  • None at all for me. I’m now 12+5.

  • I’m 6 weeks tomorrow and it morning sickness started yesterday (I’ve not actually thrown up yet but am constantly dashing to the loo expecting to). This is my first and I honestly don’t know how I’m going to get anything done in work if I’m going to feel like this every day… How do you ignore it and concentrate?!

  • I was sick from 6-14 weeks. I am so glad it is over now!!

  • With my first child it started at 8 weeks and continued almost daily till 38 weeks (when she was born). This time it started at 6 weeks and eased slightly at 20 weeks (now 26 weeks). I’m still throwing up maybe three times a week so not expecting it to fully go away until bub arrives.

  • Baby 1: 4 weeks until giving birth – vomiting EVERY DAY, all-day and 2 hospital stays – horrid. Baby 2: Easy one this time (lol), 5 weeks until 19 weeks vomiting each day and nauseous. Baby 3: 5 weeks until 25 weeks vomiting in the morning only.

  • It started between week 5 and week 6 for me. First it was tiredness and then the yucky feeling in the throat, now it’s constant nausea (however I haven’t been sick yet). It’s very on and off for me and happens mostly at night (I even get woken up by it!)

  • 7 weeks through to giving birth. Grinding all day nausea. Most intense from 10-14 weeks.

  • I didn’t really get “morning” sickness but was sick at night from week 7.

  • It started around 7 or 8 weeks from memory. It was every single night but slowed down from about 14 weeks. Now I’m still sick but not as often. Maybe once or twice a week.

  • Queasy from about 4 weeks but feeling significantly worse from the day I reached 7 weeks onwards (I hate it).

  • Started today at exactly 6 weeks.  I feel nauseous and if I cough too hard I need to run to the bathroom.

  • For me it started at 6 weeks, right on the dot and ended….well, it didn’t really end until she was born. Some days were so debilitating that I could not get off the couch or the bathroom floor – depending on which was better. Nothing I ate made it feel better. The only time I didn’t feel sick was when I was asleep. It got lighter towards the end but I could simply cough and it would start off a bout of vomiting – lovely stuff!

  • Started exactly on 8 weeks with 3 pregnancies. It was all day sickness for me, which sucked.

  • Haven’t had it… and not likely to now at 24 weeks with twins on board.

  • Mine started at about 7 weeks and ran through until about 13 or 14 weeks. I felt sick all the time. Not just in the mornings. I had to eat constantly or I would feel nauseous. I had to take time off work because I couldn’t make the trip into town without having to get off the bus.

  • I didn’t get any morning sickness with either pregnancy.

  • It started from around 7 weeks and I threw up several times a day until 28 weeks. Then I had a blissful 2.5 weeks of only feeling nauseous constantly, before the vomiting started again, until I delivered.

  • When did morning sickness start? A better question would be “when did morning sickness stop?”. I was constantly feeling nausea while I was awake from 6 till 17 weeks, a few vomits on the bad days and I couldn’t brush my teeth without dry reaching or vomiting in my mouth… gross.

  • I started going off food around 4 weeks. Had an episode of morning sickness around 5 weeks but it started in earnest around 6 weeks.

  • With my first, morning sickness started bang on 5 weeks and never went away.  With this one, I haven’t got any yet, sometimes I feel a bit off if I don’t eat but it’s nothing like my first pregnancy.

  • Mine started at 5 weeks. I didn’t have any with my first pregnancy.

  • Pregnancy nausea was 5–18 weeks for me.

  • During my first 2 pregnancies I had absolutely nothing. With my third it started at 7 weeks, peaking between 11 and 13 and finally cleared at 16.5 weeks (I’m 22 weeks now).

  • 1st pregnancy, started 11 weeks and continued until birth, 2nd pregnancy, started 6-7 weeks and went until about 18 weeks and slowly tailed off.

  • I was wondering where the sickness was at about 4 weeks, and almost felt cheated that I felt so normal. Then at 5 weeks I was cursing myself. It came on really quickly.

  • Mine started at 6 weeks exactly. I had eaten some biscuits and was extremely nauseated afterwards. I still can’t look at those type of biscuits.

  • Morning sickness started for me around 6 weeks but seems to be easing off now at 12 weeks. Still having some vomity feelings but it’s not constant anymore.

  • I remember it starting with my first child, it was a Friday. My partner was away, and I vomited on the front steps. Second time it was much better.

  • For my son and my daughter it started at around 6-7 weeks. This time I was horribly sick from the 4th week and it went until week 16 (am 27 weeks now).

  • I was really sick first time around and it was a nightmare it started at around 4 weeks and lasted all the way through. Not feeling the same this time around so I was a little concerned that it wasn’t normal.

  • For me morning sickness started at 6 weeks, peaked weeks 8-11, and then went away as suddenly as it started at 16.5 weeks. Am now 19+1 so I guess it could return but fingers crossed….

Different Mamas, different bodies, different babies and very different experiences!

Despite these differences, there is one thing that’s for certain, once morning sickness starts you’ll recognise it pretty quickly!

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