What is Nausea During Pregnancy?
Nausea during pregnancy, commonly referred to as “morning sickness,” affects up to 90% of pregnant women. It usually is at its worst during your first trimester, although for some women the feeling of nausea lasts longer, even into the second and third trimesters. While the exact cause of nausea in pregnant women is unknown, many experts believe it is due to hormonal changes that occur.
When Can You Feel Nausea During Pregnancy?
It can vary from woman to woman when they will experience nausea during pregnancy, but in general, the majority of women feel it in the first trimester. For most women, it will start in the sixth week of pregnancy, although it can start as early as four weeks or as late as 12 weeks. It is most common in the first trimester, with an average of 60-70% of pregnant women experiencing it.
How Long Does It Take To Feel Nausea When Pregnant?
It typically takes a few weeks from the time a woman finds out she is pregnant until she starts to feel the nauseous feeling associated with morning sickness. However, it can start as early as four weeks and can last until the end of your pregnancy.
What Can Help Relieve Nausea During Pregnancy?
While there is no “cure” for morning sickness, there are a few things you can do to try to lessen the severity:
- Eat small, frequent meals.
- Avoid foods with strong odors and flavors that trigger nausea.
- Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
- Avoid lying down after eating.
- Take prenatal vitamins and supplements with meals.
- Get plenty of rest and relaxation.
In some cases, medication may be prescribed by your doctor to help deal with the nausea. Ultimately, it’s important to talk to your doctor about the best way to manage your morning sickness so you can get the relief you need.
Nausea during pregnancy is an extremely common symptom that can last anywhere from a few weeks to your entire pregnancy. The exact time it takes to experience morning sickness can vary from woman to woman, but it typically begins within the first trimester. Eating small, frequent meals, avoiding foods with strong odors and flavors, staying hydrated, and avoiding lying down after eating can help manage the nausea. If these lifestyle changes don’t seem to help, your doctor may recommend medication to help take the edge off.
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