Why Am I Throwing

Topic: Why Am I Throwing Up Yellow Liquid While Pregnant?

If you’re pregnant, you may be paying way more attention to everyday aches, pains, discomforts, and bodily fluids than usual.

Since many common pregnancy symptoms fall into two categories — annoying but totally harmless and warning signs of a serious problem — you may find yourself focusing intensely on each and every burp, fart, cramp, twinge, and craving, wondering whether you should ignore it or call your doctor.

And while you were expecting to do some puking during pregnancy, you might not have expected it to be yellow — and now you don’t know what to do about it.

That’s OK! We do know, and we’re happy to tell you.

Is yellow vomit normal during pregnancy?

Yup, it certainly can be!

Yellow vomit is just stomach acid. When you don’t have any food in your stomach but you’re still throwing up, it’s inevitable that you’ll start vomiting the only thing left in there: bile.

Bile is acid produced by your stomach to help break down your food.

If you’re throwing up first thing in the morning when you haven’t eaten anything yet — or if you’re persistently throwing up — it’s normal to eventually see yellow bile instead of whatever your last meal was.

Why you’re throwing up yellow liquid while pregnant

The most likely reason you’re throwing up yellow liquid during pregnancy is the same reason you’re throwing up anything at all during pregnancy: hormones.

Particularly in the first trimester, pregnancy hormones like estrogen and progesterone are skyrocketing.

You’re also developing higher levels of hCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin, as your body accepts the fact that it’s now home to a growing human being (and needs to prepare itself, stat).

So, the puking is normal, but again, because you might be doing it more often than usual and way more often first thing in the morning with an empty stomach, it’s likely to be yellow at least once in a while.

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