One of the most common symptoms pregnant women experience is nausea. Nausea during pregnancy also called “morning sickness,” is often reported during the first trimester, however, it can persist throughout. For mom, this symptom can be almost unbearable but in terms of your pregnancy, it is actually a good thing. According to research, nausea is an indication of a healthy pregnancy and signals a reduced risk of early pregnancy loss.
What Causes Nausea During Pregnancy?
The production of human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) is largely attributed to the development of nausea. HCG is often commonly called the pregnancy hormone, and the body produces it when the fertilized egg attaches the walls of the uterus.
So when you experience nausea due to the production of HCG, it indicates the pregnancy is moving as it should.
However, some other contributing factors to nausea during pregnancy include
- Stress or fatigue which causes a physical reaction in the body that triggers nausea.
- The rise in the estrogen level could contribute to nausea
- A Sensitive stomach trying to adapt to body changes and needs
Another speculation says that nausea is a way of protecting the baby from being exposed to harmful food borne bacteria present in your diet.
When to Expect Nausea during Pregnancy
You will start feeling nausea within four to eight weeks of your pregnancy, and it is meant to subside between 13 and 14 weeks. But note that you may experience nausea earlier than the eight week and it might last more than the 14th week. However, not all women experience nausea throughout the first semester. Sometimes, it may last only for a week or two, and it can also go throughout the first few months.
More so, nausea is not only experienced in the mornings. So literally “morning sickness” does not mean you only experience nausea in the morning. As a matter of fact, research shows that nausea happens more in throughout the day, and not only during the early hours of the day.
How to Manage Nausea during Pregnancy
Although nausea might be inevitable during pregnancy, you can still learn to manage nausea or morning sickness to get some relief. Check out these useful tips below:
Eat small, frequent meals
You can keep food down during the first trimester by eating small meals or snacks- slowly. You can also snack with a protein and carbohydrate combination to tackle nausea. Nut butter and saltines are good options.
Take pregnancy candy and lollipops
You can get relief from mints and candies containing essential oils and aromatherapy. You can try flavors that suit your taste.
Try low-intensity exercise
When you exercise after knowing you’re pregnant, you stand a chance to experience reduced nausea. So you can try low-intensity exercises like swimming or walking to effectively manage your symptoms.
Talk with your midwife or doctor
Sometimes nausea can become severe and it could lead to vomiting. In this case, make sure you consult your doctor to get quick medical help. Remember, you need good amounts of nutrients for yourself and your fetus.
Nausea is common during the first trimester of pregnancy, and it is mainly caused by the production of HCG. But the points mentioned above can help you to manage the symptoms effectively. Remember to get medical help in usual cases like weight loss or staying 24 hours without holding down any fluid.