Why do I have morning sickness when my friends are perfectly fine?

I feel like every other pregnant women around me seems to be rocking their pregnancy.

With their radiant pregnancy glow, shiny hair and beautiful belly bumps, they seem to me like pregnancy goddesses.

Meanwhile I look kind of grey-green in colour and spend a lot of my time thinking about napping. Where can I nap?  How good was that last nap! When will I be able to nap next? Do I feel too sick to nap?

I’m afraid that for me, there is no pregnancy glow in sight. I can’t even see the vague outline of a pregnancy glow on the horizon when I’m using binoculars.

Why do I have morning sickness symptoms

So what’s that about? Why do I have morning sickness when everyone else seems ok? Was I always destined for a nauseous pregnancy or is there something else at play?

Is there something my friend is doing and I’m not?

It’s funny isn’t it? Seeing someone else go through pregnancy without morning sickness makes you start to wonder…

  • Is there something my friend is doing and I’m not?
  • Is there something I could do better?
  • Why me universe? Why me?

Well it seems research has yet to discover which women will or won’t suffer from pregnancy nausea and vomiting, but there are a few indicators.

Why do I have morning sickness symptoms when my pregnant friends don’t?

It seems the following factors may play a role in determining your morning sickness / pregnancy glow fate.

So if your mother, sister and Great Aunt Peggy suffered morning sickness symptoms, you’ve been on the pill, you’re carrying triplets and you can’t stand travelling by water taxi, then you my friend may be in for a rocky and nauseating ride.

Of course, you may be none of these things and still have morning sickness symptoms, and that’s normal too.

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