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Pregnancy Nausea and How to Handle it


Pregnancy Nausea and How to Handle it

Nausea and pregnancy are synonymous. Pregnancy nausea is also known as morning sickness which again is not a proper word for it because this nausea and vomiting is not restricted to morning only. Some women have worst nausea in the morning and then slowly settle down during the day while for others it goes on throughout the day, for every woman the symptoms are different. The nausea starts at around 6 weeks of pregnancy and gets worst over the following weeks. Second trimester sees settling down of symptoms.

Cause of Nausea

The cause of nausea might be the increase in the level of pregnancy hormone, the nausea begins at the same time that the pregnancy hormone starts peaking in the body, estrogen is the other contributor to nausea, it is believed that estrogen enhances the sense of smell that causes nausea and vomiting.

Probability of Having Nausea

Probability of having pregnancy nausea increases if one is pregnant with twins or multiples. This is because it means the level of hormones is more, which are the main culprits for causing nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Pregnancy nausea if present in previous pregnancy will increase the probability of having it in the next. Women who had nausea when on contraceptive pills will have nausea when pregnant; again supporting the fact that hormonal change is responsible for nausea. Women suffering from motion sickness are also more likely to have pregnancy nausea

Effect On Baby

Mild to moderate nausea and vomiting during pregnancy doesn’t have any ill effect on the baby. Some women gain little or no weight during first trimester but that is not an issue because second trimester makes up for that. The only concern while suffering from nausea and vomiting during first trimester is that the woman should not get dehydrated. The only risk factor is that if nausea and vomiting is severe and prolonged then woman is more likely to have a preterm birth, low birth weight and small for the date babies.