Pregnancy Nausea – Ideas To Minimize Effects

Pregnancy nausea has struck around 50-90 % of pregnancies during the first trimester. There are some women who experience this throughout their pregnancy. Commonly known as “morning sickness,” the exact reason for this is still unknown and it can occur at any time of the day or night, contrary to what the name suggests.

Causes And Symptoms:

  • Typically beginning about three to four weeks into pregnancy, it can last till the twelfth or thirteenth week, and sometimes even up to the due date.

  • Researchers are of the belief that changes in the body including the high hormonal levels may play a major role, especially during the first 14 weeks. The entire digestive system is affected, causing bouts of nausea.
  • Sensitivity to odors grows more powerful and pregnancy nausea may be aggravated by fatigue and stress. Diagnosed as a medical condition called hyperemesis gravidarum, women find it difficult to tolerate certain food or liquids.

Minimizing Effects: Pregnancy nausea varies from person to person and there is no simple cure for it. More often than not, it is a matter of trying to minimize the effect till it goes away. Don’t believe it if anyone assures you of a sure-shot cure. However, you can try and prevent the symptoms by using the following methods.

  • Eat food items like saltine crackers first thing in the morning.

  • Eating and drinking more frequently in small measures will help regulate the blood sugar levels and prevent nausea. A proper diet excludes fatty, spicy and oily foods. Remember to eat before you are hungry to avoid a drop in the blood sugar levels.
  • When you find yourself retching throughout the day without vomiting, make a conscious effort to eat and drink enough food and water.
  • Identify foods that cause nausea, especially through its odor and avoid those. Opt for complex carbohydrates like whole grains and avoid bread and white rice.
  • Before going to bed, have a high-protein meal. Herbal tea with ginger generally helps.
  • Women sometimes are sensitive to prenatal vitamins that lead to even more nausea. Ask your physician to prescribe different brands. Switch the brands every few weeks and see if that works.
  • There are pregnancy lollipops and lozenges available in the market that tend to reduce the effects of nausea.
  • Exercise daily. It is important that you do not feel fatigue due to non activity. Consult your physician. Babycenter.com is a good site to visit for tips on exercising.
  • Get enough rest. If you feel you have not slept well enough during the night, rest during the day.
  • A gently massage always brings about relaxation. There are other remedies such as aromatherapy and acupressure that assist in this. Try wearing wrist pressure bands.

You need to understand that all these are ideas that may or may not work for you. Trying these out might reduce extreme discomfort. Pregnancy nausea will end eventually. The good news is that in most cases it will not cause harm to you or your baby.