Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea During Pregnancy


In most cases, the woman bearing a baby doesn’t pay attention to any discomfort. However, some women suffer from nausea throughout 9 months of pregnancy. Pregnancy nausea may appear several times, or may not appear at all. The experts cannot say exactly when you will have nausea during pregnancy, and whether it will appear at all. It all depends on the woman’s body peculiarities.

Nausea In The First Trimester

Morning sickness is identified as the first sign of pregnancy. It usually starts on the 5th week of pregnancy. Nausea in pregnancy subsides between 13-14 weeks, and if you are bearing twins, nausea may last up to 15-16 weeks.

Nausea In Early Pregnancy: Causes

The fact of experiencing nausea in the early pregnancy has a very simple explanation. The body perceives your future baby as a foreign object that will harm your health, and tries to get rid of it cleansing with vomiting. That means that after the embryo implantation your body tries to expulse it. Your body attempts to get rid of the fetus, but it resists.

Nausea in the early pregnancy can be caused by food, smell of the husband's perfume, shaving foam, the taste of the toothpaste. This is explained by the heightened senses in the pregnant. The nausea cannot be treated, only tolerated.

Norm Or Abnormality?

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Nausea in the first weeks of pregnancy can occur only in the morning when the stomach is empty, the woman may feel sick throughout the day, but won’t vomit, the nausea may even start the next day. It’s normal to vomit up to five times a day. However, this shouldn’t be accompanied by weakness, dizziness, weight loss. If you have nausea, try to drink many fluids, as it dehydrates your body.

It’s abnormal to have nausea more than 10 times a day, in this case it’s necessary to see the doctor. These are signs of a toxemia. In this case, the vomiting is accompanied by weakness, fatigue, weight loss, fever, high blood pressure. The toxemia is treated in hospital under the doctor’s supervision.

Severe toxemia (severe nausea during pregnancy) is vomiting up to 20 times a day. In this case, the body is very dehydrated, and the woman loses up to 3 kg (6.6 pounds) per week. Severe toxemia is treated strictly under medical supervision.

Second Trimester: Causes Of Nausea

Sometimes in the beginning of the 4th month of pregnancy the women may still have nausea. It’s not frightening or dangerous, if the baby is developing normally, the nausea is quite rare and you lack other symptoms. In most cases, during the second trimester nausea may persist, but vomiting has already terminated, because the body "has made up" with the baby. The hormonal peak starts to subside and everything is normalized up to the birth time.

Large amounts of acetone in the blood that the body has accumulated to combat the embryo may cause the persisting nausea. Special medications will help to remove the excess acetone. If the toxemia during the second trimester persists, and still causes you discomfort, be sure to inform your doctor. The doctor may assign you drips that will provide you relief.

Third Trimester: Causes Of Nausea

Sometimes nausea subsides in the second trimester and comes back in the third. In this trimester, the pressure that the baby puts on the internal organs causes it. The liver is an especially tender organ, if it’s touched, it causes nausea, heartburn and sometimes pain in the stomach. At this term, nausea may be the sign of gestosis. This is another name of the late toxemia accompanied by the oxygen deficiency.

However, this disease has other symptoms too. They are:

  • increased blood pressure;
  • dizziness;
  • swelling;
  • headache;
  • pain in the ribs.

The gestiosis is also characterized by the presence of protein in urine. That is why in the last weeks of pregnancy tests are made every week. Nausea at the 40th week of pregnancy can be a normal manifestation of the late toxemia, as well as testify of the uterine dilatation and the beginning of contractions.

When To See A Doctor?

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In any case, you should tell the doctor about your nausea during the routine check-up. He should assess your state and decide whether you need to go to hospital. It is not necessary to contact your doctor separately to report having nausea and vomiting, if your general condition is normal, and vomiting happens no more than 5 times a day.

Pregnant: Nausea And Vomiting During Pregnancy

If the vomiting is observed more than 10 times a day and is accompanied by weakness, dizziness, diarrhea, fever, apathy, you should immediately contact your doctor. In this case, you could even call an ambulance, if it happens on a holiday or a weekend, for example.

Nausea and fever, diarrhea, weakness in the pregnant may be caused by the intoxication during the food poisoning. This can gravely affect the baby’s development. The poisoning requires immediate cleansing with the help of doctors. Only a specialist can determine how to clean your body without causing harm to the baby.

How To Relieve

Nausea during pregnancy usually occurs when the stomach is empty. To avoid this, do not let the body starve, eat small and often. Going to bed take a glass of water and an apple or a cracker with you. Eat them in the morning before you get up, and you won’t have nausea.

Vomiting in the evening during the pregnancy can start, if you have worked a lot, experienced a stress, or, again, have had nothing to eat. So try to be less sensitive to troubles at work, relax during lunch break and have snacks.

Long walks, mineral sparkling water, lemon tea, herbal peppermint, valerian, chamomile, vervain tea can reduce nausea during the pregnancy. To make nausea less frequent, aerate the room where you work and sleep, you need a lot of fresh air.

Your doctor can prescribe you medications from nausea if you have a medium and a high degree of toxemia.

You can overcome nausea in the morning having breakfast of products rich in protein (eggs, dairy products, cheese) and in carbohydrates (fruit).

A good remedy for nausea during pregnancy is to avoid oily, hot and spicy food, which provokes vomiting. You also need to avoid everything that makes you feel sick (unpleasant odors, food).

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  • Jennifer says:

    During the first months of pregnancy, I also faced this problem. Especially for certain smells.

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