Pregnancy Nausea Symptoms: When & What to Look Out For
Pregnancy nausea is one of the most common issues expectant mothers go through. It is sometimes referred to as “morning sickness,” but can affect one throughout the day. In this article, we will explain what to look out for and when to be especially aware of pregnancy nausea symptoms.
What are Pregnancy Nausea Symptoms?
Pregnancy nausea can come in a few forms, including:
- Vomiting – This is one of the most recognizable pregnancy nausea symptoms and it is not uncommon for a pregnant mother to vomit multiple times.
- Dry Heaving – Dry heaving can occur if one does not have anything in their system to vomit, but the nausea is still present. This can be especially uncomfortable when it happens in the morning.
- Nausea – Nausea is one of the most frequent pregnancy nausea symptoms and it can be described as an uncomfortable feeling in the stomach and a sensation that one wants to vomit. This can can happen in the morning and continue throughout the day.
When Do Pregnancy Nausea Symptoms Begin?
Pregnancy nausea symptoms can begin as early as two weeks into the pregnancy and last for up to the end of the first trimester. It can, however, start as late as the first trimester and still last up to the end of the first trimester. The most common time for pregnancy nausea to begin is at the start of the fifth week and it can last until the end of the twelfth week, though in some cases it may last longer.
How Can I Manage Pregnancy Nausea?
There are a few ways of managing pregnancy nausea, including:
- Eating small meals throughout the day instead of large meals.
- Drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after meals.
- Consuming ginger products such as ginger tea.
- Avoiding foods and beverages that trigger nausea.
- Taking as much rest as possible.
- Avoiding any strong odors that may trigger nausea.
If these measures do not seem to ease the discomfort, it may be best to ask a doctor.
When Should I See A Doctor?
It is a good idea to visit a doctor if the following are noticed:
- Vomiting is severe and cannot be controlled.
- The nausea and vomiting continues past the first trimester or worsens.
- There is a loss of appetite and/or weight.
- There is an inability to keep fluids down.
- There is dizziness or fainting.
- There are signs of dehydration.
Pregnancy nausea is one of the most common issues expectant mothers experience. It is essential that those expecting take the necessary precautions to manage the discomfort and understand when to seek medical attention. If properly managed, this should not be a major concern and will pass eventually.
Have you had to deal with pregnancy nausea? Let us know in the comments!
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