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Third Trimester Pregnancy Nausea: Causes and Remedies
Pregnancy nausea in the third trimester is not so an uncommon complaint in expectant moms. Also known as morning sickness – it strikes you especially in the mornings after getting up from sleep – it is a condition wherein a pregnant woman is affected by stomach upset and throw-ups. In the first trimester, morning sickness is believed to be caused by an increased production of HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin) hormone.
Additionally, an increased sense of smell is responsible for triggering pregnancy nausea. You can develop an aversion for food and beverages with particular odors. Pregnancy nausea in the third trimester seems not be caused by hormonal changes. By this time, your body has adjusted to the hormonal changes that rock your body during the early stage of pregnancy. So what causes pregnancy nausea in the third trimester?
As already mentioned, hormones are not the culprits. Pregnancy nausea in the third trimester may be cause by post meals pressures on your stomach. In the third trimester, your baby gains maximum weight and as it attains size, more pressure is put on the uterus walls. The uterus is much bigger, larger, and heavier by this time. This means there is little room for stomach expansion post meals. As such, in instances when you indulge in overeating, nausea may strike you.
Having known the possible cause of nausea in the third trimester, let’s now find out way to prevent it. One of the remedies for third trimester pregnancy nausea is to eat smaller and frequent meals. One way of doing so is to divide your major meals of the day into smaller portions and consume them at regular intervals. This way your stomach will be not come under pressure.
Moreover by doing so, you will not feel the post meal heaviness. Also, you can avoid food odors that trigger nausea. But all these do not mean that you should starve yourself. Malnutrition at this stage can cause serious health risk to your baby. Indulging in light exercises will also help you in preventing pregnancy nausea. A light walk may suffice. Strenuous physical activities are strictly not recommended during this stage of pregnancy.