What is Nausea in Pregnancy?
Nausea is a symptom commonly associated with pregnancy. Many pregnant women experience some discomfort in the upper part of the stomach and feel an urge to vomit. Usually nausea or vomiting symptoms are felt early on in the pregnancy, like in the first trimester. But there are also women who have these symptoms even after the third month of pregnancy. Others also feel the vomiting urge usually in the morning that is why it is also called morning sickness.
The exact cause of nausea or morning sickness in pregnancy is not really known. Many doctors attribute this symptom to the hormonal changes that are taking place in a woman’s body during pregnancy. Others also blame the fluctuating sugar levels during pregnancy.
Most vomiting symptoms do not have harmful effects to pregnant women involved. For most of them, they just feel a discomfort and perhaps a disruption of some normal activities because they have to go to the bathroom to vomit. But for those who experience heavy vomiting, some level of dehydration might result if there is not enough fluid intake. There are also women who lose appetite because they feel that food intake just stimulates vomiting. In this case, pregnant women are still advised to eat regular meals to keep the unborn baby healthy. For those who can’t take in much food and fluid, it is usually necessary to seek medical attention.
There are many things that a pregnant woman can do to try to avoid nausea. In the morning, some of them are advised to take their time before getting off their beds to have a more relaxed feeling. During the day, some are advised to eat small frequent meals even when not hungry just to make sure that there is enough food and fluid intake. Of course, all are advised to take in at least 10 to 12 glasses of water to avoid dehydration after several vomiting episodes. Some are also advised to avoid foods that trigger the vomiting symptoms. For some women, medications are necessary to control this particular symptom.