Did you ever wonder whyyou feel nauseous when you wake up in the morning? Chances are, you might bepregnant! Nausea and vomiting is very common, especially in the early stages ofgestation.
Some even see this as a sign and an indication leading to pregnancy.People often call it “Morning Sickness” but the truth is, it can happen at anytime of the day. According to studies, about 50-60% of pregnant womenexperience nausea and vomiting especially in the first trimester.You see, during thefirst trimester, different hormones rapidly increase to prepare your body forpregnancy. HCG or human chorionic gonadotropin is a type of hormone that isproduced by the placenta. HCG’s are elevated to promote and help the secretionof another hormone progesterone, which thickens the lining of the uterus. Ithas been linked to high levels or double amount of HCG in your system may bethe reason why you become nauseous. The nausea usuallystarts from as early as 4 weeks to 6 weeks of pregnancy, and may be accompaniedby vomiting.
Nausea and vomiting can be totally unpleasant. On the brighterside, most women say that they feel a big relief and improvement after thefirst trimester. Experiencing nausea is nothing to be worried about unless itis extended and severe to the point that it affects the activities that youusually do daily. There are instanceswhen the feeling of nausea lingers up until the second or third stage ofgestation. It may occur regularly or may be because of triggering factors likea stomach upset, a sense of smell that you might not like or heartburn. Thereare a lot of ways that you can do to prevent or alleviate nausea.Here are some tips thatmay help:1.
Getplenty or at least enough rest. Try taking naps during the day. This willrefrain sudden dizziness or the feeling of exhaustion that can then lead tonausea. 2.
Trysmall, frequent meals. When you’re pregnant, you always feel hungry because youdo not only feed yourself but your baby as well. By doing so, this will helpyou get the nutrition that you need without congesting your stomach. 3. Avoideating spicy and oily food. They are hard to digest and triggers nausea. Youcan also try eating food that appeals to your taste.
Just remember to eatmoderately and stay away from too many sweet and carbonated or caffeinateddrinks.4. Trytaking your pre-natal vitamins before bed time. Some women can’t tolerate theirvitamins and taking them makes them more nauseous.
I tried this myself and noticedthat it actually works.5. Alwayskeep hydrated. Nausea can also persist to vomiting so there’s a tendency foryou to lose fluids and electrolytes in your body. You can also try snacking onsome chips of ice or crushed ice. Some find this helpful to relieve nausea andfeel refreshed. 6.
Thereare also some alternatives that you can try like, the scent of citrus,aromatherapy, acupuncture, reflexology or even a breeze of fresh air might help.If nausea and vomitingpersist or is becoming worse than usual, do contact your healthcare provider.Cases of prolonged and more frequent episodes of vomiting often result inHyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). Signs and symptoms of Hyperemesis Gravidaruminclude severe nausea and vomiting, low blood pressure, dehydration, body weaknessand weight loss. Unlike the usual “morning sickness”, this condition mightrequire medical intervention like anti-emetics, intravenous fluid hydration oreven electrolytes replacement.In severe cases whenpregnant women cannot tolerate the intake of food, doctors advise them to beadmitted to the hospital for closer monitoring and for intravenous nutrition.Medical history, physical examination and laboratory tests are often done todiagnose HG.
Up until now, the cause of this condition is unknown. Though thereare some studies that show it is genetic related, twin pregnancy or a previousoccurrence of Hyperemesis Gravidarum can be risk factors for eventually gettingit. Overall, this conditioncan be a nuisance and can be very exhausting to every expectant mother. It candistress you both physiologically and emotionally. It can also be very drainingand unpleasant, so I suggest you speak to your partner, family or your friendsto get the help and the assistance that you might need from them.
You areprobably worrying if this will affect your baby, the answer is, it is veryrare. Unborn babies of women with Hyperemesis Gravidarum are usually unaffectedthough if you lose weight during your pregnancy, it is possible that yournewborn weighs less than others. Nonetheless, complications on the baby is veryunlikely. Pregnancy can both beexciting and exhausting at the same time, but then again, the discomforts thatcome with it is part of the process.
Just think about this, nausea usually endsafter 14-16 weeks of gestation, which means, you’ve survived the firsttrimester and you are a step closer to welcoming your little one. With earlyintervention and treatment, this can be easy to deal with.