There’s nothing shocking about a woman feeling the slightest bit of nausea during pregnancy. The two are linked together, they’ve always been. More than half of pregnant women complain about experiencing nausea at some point during the early stages of being pregnant. It’s basically one of the early signs that give away the fact of being pregnant and a characteristic of the first trimester and occasionally even beyond it.
It goes without saying that being in a state of nausea is an unwelcome feeling that no one wants to experience. You should at least find some comfort in knowing that going though it doesn’t pose any harm to you or even your unborn child. In fact, it’s usually considered to be a sign of going through a healthy pregnancy so that’s a good thing to know. But it remains an integral part of the widely spread concern, most commonly known as morning sickness.
What causes nausea when you’re carrying a baby?
It might be surprising to hear about, but the reality of the situation is that the exact cause of nausea during pregnancy is not completely understood. That being said, it seems to have something to do with the secretion of the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone, or as it’s more commonly known as the pregnancy hormone. It’s the substance that that starts to be produced in the body after the attachment of the fertilized egg to the uterine lining. Once again, the exact influence of the hormone isn’t exactly known, but the fact that they both reach a peak at around the same period leads us to believe that the two of them have some sort of a connection.
But despite all that, there are other theories out there that speculate around the same question. Some popular guesses include:
- The fact that the hormones called Estrogen also happens to arise at an early stage of the pregnancy could also be a contributor to the feeling of nausea
- An already sensitive stomach could experience even worse tribulations if it would try to accommodate to the pregnancy.
- Going through stress or a feeling of fatigues is believed to cause a physical reaction resulting in the feeling of nausea and throwing up.
When can you expect pregnancy nausea?
In most cases, the feeling of nausea would start in the period of the first four to eight weeks of pregnancy and usually starts to decrease in intensity around the period of the thirteenth and fourteenth weeks That being said, it can very well start earlier and even last longer. On the other hand, not every woman will necessarily go through nausea for the whole period of the first trimester. It can be as brief as a couple of weeks or come and go during the first few months.
Nausea is commonly referred to as “morning sickness” which would lead people to believe that it would only happen during the morning period of the day. But that is not true. The reality is that it would actually more likely happen throughout the entirety of the day, as research shows, instead of just in the morning.
How to get over Nausea during pregnancy?
Dealing with and trying to prevent nausea during gestation are somewhat similar when it comes to daily self-care and remedies. The following advice are good to test while pregnant.
Check out the list below and take a look at our guide to deal with morning sickness.
To avoid and treat nausea while pregnant, try the following:
- Try to stay away from foods and smells that you can’t bear.
- Eating some soda crackers before getting out of bed. Give it some time and slowly get up when you feel good.
- Eating less but more frequently instead of three large meals.
- Drink liquids in-between meals and less during meals.
- Eat Dry meals like white rice rather than juicier ones.
- Suck on hard candy.
- Make sure that your room gets enough air for easier breathing, or else try to go outside for some fresh air.
- Get all the rest you need, don’t overwhelm your body.
- Sniffing ginger or lemons, or having ginger ale or lemonade.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about the vitamins you’re taking. Having too much of some of them can cause nausea.
- Ask your healthcare provider about vitamin B-6 which has proven to help with nausea.
Prescription care for nausea:
Many don’t find themselves getting better with home remedies. The good thing is that your doctor can help you with that through giving you a prescription specifically made for nausea.
When should you contact your healthcare provider?
If your nausea is still not getting better after trying our recommendations, contact your physician for more help. While it’s normal in most cases, nausea can sometimes hint at a problem that needs to be treated.
Some of the conditions that are linked to nausea:
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is a condition that causes you to lose nutrients needed during pregnancy.
Molar Pregnancy, which is a condition that involves an abnormal growth of tissue which develops within the uterus.