Nausea. One of the most notoriously dreaded pregnancy symptoms.
Why does one of life’s biggest joys make us feel sick? The actual cause of nausea during pregnancy isn’t 100% clear, but according to the American Pregnancy Association, this nausea peaks around the same time as the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone is produced. This is a specific hormone the body produces once the fertilized egg attaches to the uterine lining, and is usually referred to as a “pregnancy hormone.”
There are many other theories out there that speculate about the factors that could contribute to this common pregnancy symptom, including things like the production of estrogen during early pregnancy, a sensitive stomach, stress and fatigue.
This common morning sickness tends to start before you’ve reached the 9 week mark, and can last as long as several weeks or months, or your entire pregnancy — but that’s not always the case. Some women only experience it until the second trimester begins.
While normal nausea and vomiting is completely normal, there is a very small amount of severe cases referred to as hyperemesis gravidarum. This only occurs in up to 3% of pregnancies and is diagnosed if the women has lost 5% of her prepregnancy weight and has problems related to dehydration. In these cases, the woman needs treatment in order to stop the vomiting and restore her body fluids.
If you’re worried about the length of time you feel nauseous or the amount you are vomiting, it’s important to see your doctor or OBGYN right away in case treatment is needed.
As a female OBGYN in Fort Lauderdale who has had a child, Dr. Ghea is an excellent resource to use when you need women’s health tips about how to manage your nausea and any other symptoms you might be experiencing during your pregnancy.
If the nausea is really getting to you, making a few necessary diet and lifestyle changes will help you feel much better. Take a multivitamin and drink lots of fluids, avoid any smells that bother you, and consume real, fresh ginger (i.e., ginger ale with real ginger, ginger tea, ginger candies and capsules). You can also try eating smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day instead of three larger meals, and follow the “BRATT” diet, which stands for bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and tea — bland foods that are low in fat and easy to digest.
As long as you are staying hydrated and can keep food down, mild to moderate nausea and vomiting will not harm you or your baby. If you are unable to eat a balanced diet due to this nausea, make sure you are taking a prenatal vitamin to get the necessary nutrients for you and your baby.
Dr. Ghea, a top female OBGYN in Plantation, is always happy to answer any of your questions about morning sickness, or any questions or concerns you have about your pregnancy in general. If you are looking for a Plantation OBGYN office, Dr. Ghea has appointments available at Westside OBGYN Group. Call 954-473-2011 to schedule an appointment.