Are some women more at risk for developing severe morning sickness?

Yes. The risk for severe morning sickness is increased if a woman:

  • Is pregnant with more than 1 baby – twins, triplets, or more.
  • Has a personal history of severe morning sickness with a previous pregnancy and/or has a mother or sister who had a history of severe morning sickness with a pregnancy.
  • Is pregnant with a girl.
  • Has a history of motion sickness.
  • Has a history of migraines.
  • Is overweight.
  • Has a condition called trophoblastic disease, which leads to abnormal cell growth in the womb (uterus).

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 06/29/2017.

References

  • The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Morning Sickness: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy Accessed 6/13/2017.
  • Lee NM, Saha S. Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy. Gastroenterol Clin North Am 2011 June;40(2):309-34.
  • Herrell HE. Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy. Am Fam Physician 2014 Jun 15;89(12):965-970.

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