Nausea during pregnancy is usually one of the most common and talked about symptoms that women complained of. Approx. 70 percent of women experience nausea at some time during their early pregnancy. It is not only one of the early signs of pregnancy, but it is a symptom that is common throughout the first trimester, and sometimes even longer.
Nausea during pregnancy is referred to as morning sickness which leads to women believe that they will only experience nausea in mornings. But according to research, “morning sickness” actually occurs more often throughout the entire day, rather than just in the early morning.
Women experience some unwanted symptoms during her first trimester of pregnancy (around weeks one to 12) i.e. loss of appetite and vomiting associated with morning sickness. Some women start to experience nausea just two to three weeks after conception, along with other signs and symptoms like blood spotting and breast tenderness. However, morning sickness usually starts between fourth and ninth week.
Common symptoms of morning sickness :
- Feeling nauseous/sick after getting up in the morning and sometimes in other times of the day too.
- Loss of appetite
- Cramps in the stomach
- Headaches, fatigue, dizziness, sweating and nervousness
A large number of pregnant women get comfort from morning sickness after about 14–16 weeks. But there are also some women who have to go through it for a longer period of time and they start to experience decreased nausea and improved appetite between 20–22 weeks. There are few women who have morning sickness for most of their pregnancies up until delivery.
Morning sickness actually has proven beneficial for most of the expected mothers. It is associated with a healthier mother, delivery and newborn baby. Women who experience morning sickness have a less chance of having a miscarriage. The baby has also chance to be delivered healthy.
Causes of Pregnancy Nausea
Morning sickness during pregnancy is due to hormone fluctuations, lack of vitamin, low blood sugar, strong smells, foul smell, lack of exercise, fatigue, stress, constipation, anxiety and worry about pregnancy.
Treatment for and prevention of nausea during pregnancy are truly synonymous with respect to everyday self-care and home remedies.
Here are some top home remedies which will prevent and treat nausea during pregnancy:Take
- smaller meals
Instead of having large meals, eat frequent smaller meals every few hours throughout the day so that your stomach is never empty. Try not to go more than three or four hours without a snack. Make sure to have a balance of High-protein foods and complex carbohydrates to maintain blood sugar.
- Drink plenty of fluids
Drink plenty of water but don’t drink much at one time because it will make you less hungry for food. Drinking fluids throughout the day is very important to stay hydrated. It will be best if you take low-sugar drinks instead of juice or sweetened beverages. You can add fresh mint, lemon or grapefruit juice, raw honey, basil, or ginger to juice to help you find it more appealing.
- Have Prenatal Vitamins
Take your prenatal vitamins just before bed rather than taking it in the morning. You can ask your doctor to switch to a prenatal vitamin with little or no iron, at least for the first trimester, because this mineral can be very hard for your digestive system. If the prenatal vitamin still makes you nauseated, contact to your doctor and ask him whether you can stop taking it until your nausea gets better and till then you can take a folic acid supplement to lower the risk of neural tube defects.
- Try ginger:
Not only it helps in dealing nausea and vomiting, but these supplements can also ease colic, indigestion, diarrhea, spasms and other types of stomachaches. Some use this remedy for treating an upset stomach and relieving queasiness. You can take ginger ale made with real ginger, or grate some fresh ginger into hot water to make ginger tea. Eating ginger candies or crystallized ginger may also help.
- Use Key Essential Oils:
Essential oils like ginger, chamomile, lavender, frankincense, peppermint and lemon can help calm your stomach, lower cramping, and improve your mood or appetite. You can inhale them through a diffuser, or add several drops to a bath for the best results. You can also place a drop or two of an essential oil on a handkerchief that you carry with you to sniff whenever you start to feel queasy. Use it in a little amount because essential oils are very strong.
- Do Mild Exercise:
Exercise helps in promoting a healthy pregnancy. It controls nerves which contribute to nausea and also regulate hormones and improve appetite. You can aim for about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise most days of the week, including walking (especially outdoors), prenatal yoga, swimming and cycling.
- Get some fresh air
Keep your rooms well ventilated or have a fan close by for easier breathing. You can also take some time out from your daily schedule and go outside to get some fresh air.
- Take rest
Tiredness can make pregnancy sickness worse. So, listen to your body when you are tired and get plenty of rest.
- Try fennel seeds
Fennel seeds help you in dealing with nausea. So, keep some fennel seeds near your bed side and chew on them whenever you feel nauseous.
- Keep snacks
Always keep some snacks by your bed. When you wake up in the morning, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up. Nibbling snacks also help you feel better during middle of the night if you wake up nauseated.
- Avoid fatty foods
Don’t eat fatty foods because these take longer to digest. Also eating spicy, acidic, and fried foods can irritate your digestive system.
- Try peppermint:
Some women get comfort from sipping peppermint tea or sucking peppermint candies, especially after eating.
- Wear an acupressure band:
This soft cotton wristband is usually found at drugstores. This simple and cheap device can help you in preventing morning sickness.
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