Many women experience nausea during pregnancy while other women do not have this experience. Nausea is normal for some women to experience and it is nothing to be concerned about. Women should not be concerned if they do not experience any type of nausea during pregnancy at all - this is normal as well.
Nausea during pregnancy is also referred to as morning sickness even though it can occur at any time of the day. The severity of morning sickness will vary from woman to woman. Some women only have mild nausea during the first trimester and then it passes. Other women may have severe nausea at all times of the day that lasts into their second trimester. The same woman may have severe nausea during her first pregnancy and experience almost no nausea during subsequent pregnancies.
No one knows for sure the cause of nausea during pregnancy. There are many theories as to the cause. Some doctors think it is caused by a hormone called HCG, or human chorionic gonadotropin. The body starts to produce the HCG hormone soon after the egg attaches to the uterine wall. At this time some women start to experience nausea during pregnancy so this theory does have some merit. Another theory is that it encourages pregnant women to eat certain foods.
There are quite a few ways to remedy the nausea or make it less severe. Eating small meals throughout the day prevents the stomach from being too full or empty. Eating foods that soak up excess acid in the stomach like saltine crackers or granola bars can prevent nausea or provide relief if it has already begun. Sucking on hard candy can also relieve nausea.
Getting plenty of rest is important for having a healthy pregnancy and also seems to reduce nausea. Go for a walk outside if the weather is nice. Exercise and breathing fresh air can reduce nausea. A damp cloth can be placed over the forehead and eyes to relieve symptoms as well. Always consult with a doctor if nausea symptoms get worse.
While nausea during pregnancy may be unpleasant for some women, it does not have to unbearable. A few small lifestyle changes may be essential to having a happy and healthy pregnancy. Following the steps outlined here can help prevent nausea and even relieve the symptoms when necessary. Pregnancy is a wonderful experience, so do not let a little nausea get in the way of enjoying this special time.
Disclaimer: This article does not constitute professional medical advice. Please consult with your doctor if you are experience symptoms of nausea.