Some women have awful morning sickness, but they are by far in the minority. I’ve found that many women who complain of the same symptoms I’ve had are just telling it in a more dramatic way, which can also serve to scare the shit out of people. I would describe my morning sickness as “moderate” overall.
The percentage of those who get morning sickness — either just the nausea or also throwing up — ranges anywhere from 50 to 90%. While it may seem like small comfort, it is associated with a lower risk of miscarriage (i.e., women who don’t have morning sickness are considered about 3 times more likely to miscarry — though obviously of never- sick women carry to term)
As for my experience: I’m 14 weeks and I’ve had both nausea and vomiting. Mine started at about 6 weeks, and I will say that it felt like the flu for 4 or 5 days (so if you have sick time at work, consider saving up; if you don’t work, not gonna be that big of an impact). On those days, my nausea largely DID last all day…but I found it was because I was trying to hold back from vomiting. Honestly, the greatest relief sometimes was just hovering over a garbage can, thinking of something gross, and then it was done. I felt much better for the rest of the day, and it’s a tactic I’ve used since (at my worst, I usually threw up 1 – 2 times a day).
I will say that for ME, it was not the same type of throwing up as when I’m sick. When I had the flu, I’d suddenly get the urge and be like, “Oh God! Here it comes!” With morning sickness, I’d feel queasy and crappy for a while, and it would progressively get worse. I always had time to make it to the bathroom, it was always over quickly, and it was never that bad.
I just threw up yesterday…the first time in 10 or 11 days, during which time I felt great. The bigger issue there was that I hadn’t eaten in about 6 hours.
My best advice is: try and eat or drink something every 2 – 3 hours. The hunger I’ve felt during pregnancy is different than what I felt before…it is far more urgent. And get plenty of sleep. I was at a convention over the weekend, so I barely slept, which probably made my MS worse. Doing that will save you a lot of pain.
I realize that you were mostly looking for non-vomiters and people who didn’t have nausea. All I can say is: at 6 weeks, I thought I was going to die. I said to my husband, “I’m not sure if I can do 6 or 8 more weeks of this.” For the most part, morning sickness comes in waves.
7 – 9 weeks was great, no nausea at all. Then it came back in a more infrequent, more mild form for a few weeks. Honestly, I see it as a minor inconvenience. Even if you DO get morning sickness, and it seems bad at the start, for most people, it will not stay at that level. Mine let off quite a bit right after 7 weeks.