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Everything You Want To Know About Nausea During Pregnancy
There are plenty of things you can do to avoid nausea during pregnancy. Nausea is a very common symptom in pregnant women, especially in the first few months. During this period, you may feel nauseated or sick. You may have the tendency of vomiting.
The intensity of this feeling may vary significantly from one pregnant woman to another. For example, where other women may have to face the discomforts of frequent vomiting and constant nausea throughout the day and night, you might be lucky enough to suffer from it only for a few hours in the morning when you wake up. You may throw up just once in the morning and feel good during the rest of the day and night.
It is true that nausea during pregnancy is often referred to as morning sickness, but it is very important for you to keep in mind that it may not necessarily occur only in the morning. There is no fix time for it. The good news is that the tendency stops as you steps in the second trimester. But, this again is not a hard-and-fast rule. The feeling of nausea may sometimes stay for over four or five months, or even more, maybe throughout the nine months.
The Causes Of Pregnancy-Related Nausea
Despite the fact that nausea during pregnancy is one of the most common pregnancy signs and symptoms, there is still no medical consensus on what its actual causes are. There can be several factors responsible for it. For example, the hormonal changes that take place in pregnant women can be a reason for it. Besides that, it may also be caused because of an imbalance in blood sugar level. Though many midwives and doctors also say that women carrying triplets and twins are more likely to feel nauseated than others, but it again is not medically proven.
Can It Be Dangerous?
Whether nausea during pregnancy can or cannot be dangerous depends upon how frequently you throw up. Vomiting a lot may cause dehydration, which can be risky. When you vomit, you do not just lose liquid, but you also lose minerals and nutrition along with it. You must seek immediate medical attention if dehydration occurs.
In serious cases, you may even have to get admitted to the hospital for a few days, where your doctor may give you fluids through a drip. Some possible signs of dehydration include thirst and dizziness. Besides that, if you are passing dark urine or passing urine in a much smaller amount than usual, it may also indicate that you are dehydrated. Doctors often conduct a urine test to confirm the diagnosis. If the ketones are present in your urine, it means you are suffering from dehydration.
When Do I Need To Call The Doctor?
You must immediately consult your doctor if you experience any of the following.
• If you are dehydrated
• If you are unable to keep liquids down and are throwing up a lot.
• If the color of your vomit is deep brown like ground coffee.
• If the vomit contains blood.
• If you have lost weight.
• If you are vomiting very frequently – over 3 to 4 times a day.
• If you believe that something is wrong.
20 Tips To Avoid It
Following are twenty tips that you will help you avoid nausea during pregnancy.
Tips To Be Used In The Morning
When you wake up, do not quickly jump out of the bed. Take your time. There is no hurry. Your body was sleeping and now it has woken up. So, let your body settle down a bit.
Remember when was the last time you had fed your stomach? It’s been so many hours now. So, it will be nice if you eat some snacks (in small quantity) as soon as you wake up. This is important because empty stomach is one of the possible causes of nausea. Eating a little early in the morning will help you ease down the tendency of nausea. Make sure you prepare this early morning snack the night before and keep it on your bedside table.
Do not visit kitchen just after waking up and start cooking food. The smell of kitchen may aggravate the problem and you may even throw up whatever little you have just eaten.
Tips To Be Used During The Day
The following tips to avoid nausea during pregnancy can be used during the day.
Keep feeding your stomach every 2-3 hours. But remember, you do not have to eat a lot in just one go. Instead of three big meals, focus on taking 5-6 mini meals. Have some snacks (little quantity) between two mini meals. You must do this even if you do not feel hungry.Drink plenty of liquid daily, but not just water. You can also take herbal tea or fruit juice. Drink at least 10-12 glasses of fluid everyday.
Say a big NO to food that contains a lot of spices or fat. Similarly, you must also avoid caffeine and alcohol also. In fact, you must avoid them completely throughout the period of your pregnancy. Alcohol and caffeine do not only cause nausea, but they are also harmful for your baby.
When you feel nauseated, eating toasted bread or dry crackers can significantly ease down the tendency. You may also try ginger tablets or ginger tea, as they have been found to be very helpful in reducing the tendency of nausea during pregnancy.
Take proper rest during the daytime. The point is you have to never put your body at hard work. That is the reason why smaller meals are preferred because your body may have to work very hard if you eat too much in one go, which can aggravate the situation and you may eventually vomit whatever you have eaten. So, besides eating smaller frequent meals, you must also put your body at complete rest several times throughout the day. While you lie down on bed, keep a pillow not only under your head but also under your legs.
Do not rush for anything. Whether you have to get up from bed, go for the washroom, walk to the living room, or even switch channels on your television remote, you must avoid sudden movements – move slowly.
Do not lie down on your bed or start walking just after eating anything. In order to avoid vomiting and to keep that food in your stomach, you must take help from gravity – so, sit down.
Because of hormonal changes that are taking place in your pregnant body, you may notice significant changes in your tastes. For example, if you loved to eat pizza when you were not pregnant, you may now not like even the smell of it. It may make you fell nauseated or sick. So, if you want to avoid nausea during pregnancy, you must avoid smells that you don’t like (even if you loved them before).
You also need to be a little careful about when you are brushing your teeth. If you are brushing your teeth just after eating, you may throw up whatever you have eaten. So don’t do that. Putting your body at rest does not mean that you do not have to move at all. The idea is to keep your body relaxed, not idle. You must get some fresh air. So, go for a little walk daily.
16. Smoking can be very risky while you are pregnant. It is not that it just aggravates the tendency of nausea and vomiting – it definitely does that, but the more important thing is that it can be very harmful for your baby and it may also lead to several pregnancy complications. So, don’t smoke.
Tips To Be Used At Night
Following are the tips that you can use at night to avoid nausea during pregnancy.
Never go to bed with empty stomach. You had better eat a little snack before that, such as a sandwich, cereal, milk, bread or yogurt. Never go to bed just after eating food. Keep a little gap between the two tasks.
Keep some snacks on your bedside table before you sleep. If you wake up anytime during the night, you should take it as an opportunity to feed your stomach with a little snack. Anyways, you will need this bedside snack in the morning also when you get up.
If possible, you should not sleep with the windows of your room tightly shut. Keep them open so that you get some fresh air. If you follow the above tips to avoid nausea during pregnancy thoroughly, but still nothing seem to work, you must consult your doctor immediately.
When you consult a doctor for this, he/she will first do a urine test (also known as ketone test) to see if you are dehydrated. The test also helps your doctor to determine the degree of dehydration. If it is dehydration, you may be prescribed some anti-sickness tablets. You are strongly recommended not to take any over-the-counter medication while you are pregnant, as it may harm your baby. You must always let your caregiver decide which medication is the safest and most suitable for you.