Nausea In Pregnancy: Causes And Treatment

Nausea In Pregnancy: Causes And Treatment

Your pregnancy is a bundle of not only joy, but some other feelings of discomfort as well. Nausea in pregnancy is one of the most experienced symptoms of pregnancy that women report. Up to 70 percent of expectant mothers experience nausea at some point during early pregnancy. Nausea is one of the early signs of pregnancy. It is also a common symptom that is experienced throughout the first trimester, and sometimes even longer. While nausea causes you discomfort, the great thing is it's not harmful either to you or your baby. In fact, and it is often seen as an indication of a healthy pregnancy.  Nausea is a very important part of the popular condition known as morning sickness.

Your Nausea Is For A Good Cause

According to research, if you experience nausea in your first trimester, you are not likely to suffer a miscarriage. Research suggests that the pregnancy hormone (HCG) is responsible for these feelings of nausea in pregnancy. Your pregnant body begins producing HCG  immediately the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining. It's possible that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy indicate you are experiencing the climb in hormones needed for a healthy pregnancy.  Women with severe morning sickness  have higher HCG levels than other pregnant women do. In addition, women pregnant with multiples, who are more likely to experience morning sickness, also have higher HCG levels.

Causes Of Nausea During Pregnancy

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When to expect nausea during pregnancy

Nausea usually begins within the first four to eight weeks of pregnancy. It is an early pregnancy symptom that is expected to typically starts within four to eight weeks of gestation and is expected to decline around 13 and 14 weeks of pregnancy. However, in some pregnant women it starts earlier and lasts longer than the first trimester. Also, not every pregnant woman will experience nausea the entire duration of the first trimester. It could last only a couple of weeks or come and go throughout the first few months.

The condition is often called morning sickness, even though the symptoms don't only show up in the mornings. In fact, research shows that “morning sickness” actually occurs more often throughout the entire day, rather than just in the early hours.

Morning Sickness Facts

Over 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness. Morning sickness refers to the nauseous feeling you may have during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is a result of the increased hormones in your body.

Morning sickness can be accompanied with vomiting. Many doctors think morning sickness is a good sign because it means the placenta is developing well. Have no fear, there are several ways to help give you morning sickness relief.

Home Remedies To Help Prevent and Treat Nausea In Pregnancy

  • Avoid foods and smells that could trigger your nausea.
  • Keep some crackers by your bed and eat a couple before leaving the bed. Give some room for digestion, and rise slowly when you are ready to get out of bed.
  • Eat smaller meals more frequently instead of three big meals during the day.
  • Drink less water/fluids with your meals, and drink them between meals instead.
  • Eat dry, plain foods such as white rice, dry toast, or a plain baked potato instead of richer, creamier foods.
  • Suck on candy. Keep them handy in your purse and by your bed.
  • Keep your rooms well ventilated. Take regular walks outdoor to get some fresh air.
  • Get plenty of rest. Listen to your body when you're tired, lie down for a while.
  • Drink ginger ale, lemonade or ginger tea to reduce feelings of nausea.
  • Talk to your doctor about the prenatal vitamins you are taking. Too much iron in the body may cause nausea, and switching to a different vitamin could help.
  • Ask your doctor about taking a vitamin B-6 supplement, which is proven to help reduce nausea and vomiting.

Serious Pregnancy Conditions With Severe Nausea Are:

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum. This is a medical condition that causes you to lose essential nutrients needed during pregnancy. The symptoms are severe nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and sometimes electrolyte disturbance. Mild cases are treated with dietary measures, rest, and antacids. More severe cases often require a stay in the hospital so the mother can receive fluid and nutrition through an intravenous line. Consult your doctor before taking any medication.
  • Molar Pregnancy. It occurs when an abnormal growth of tissue develops within the uterus.

Resource: American Pregnancy, Mayo Clinic

Also read: What should you do if you suddenly find yourself with an unwanted pregnancy

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