Why do I feel nausea?
Nausea is one of the most common symptoms that women experience throughout their pregnancy. It is considered that 3 out of 4 women experience nausea and morning sickness during this time. Nausea and morning sickness can come gradually or out of nowhere. It doesn’t mean you should panic. Try your best to relax, breathe and let things pass for you will also have good days amongst the bad.
The reason nausea is so frequent amongst pregnant women has not yet been established but it seems to be linked mainly to the production of HCG, which is the human chorionic gonadotropin hormone. This hormone is usually called the pregnancy hormone. The body starts to produce this hormone during early pregnancy. It happens once the fertilized egg begins to attach itself to the uterine lining. Usually the HCG level increases every 72 hours. While carrying multiple babies women are producing higher levels of HCG so they tend to have also higher rates of nausea and vomiting. This hormone was linked to nausea mainly because they established a connection between the moment this hormone is being produced and the moment in which nausea starts to appear.
An important cause for nausea can be the high level of stress a woman experiences during this time. Anxiety and even mild depression can set in, so a woman tends to experience different physical symptoms also. Some doctors link morning sickness to the rise in estrogen levels and others mention as cause of nausea the fact that you develop and enhanced sense of smell during pregnancy that results in higher sensitivity to odors. Genetics are considered also to play a role in experiencing nausea during pregnancy.
Nausea usually shows up between week 4 and week 9. It can intensify or decrease in frequency and duration during pregnancy depending on your own body and how it reacts to all the changes happening to it. A common mistake is to think that morning sickness is an accurate description for nausea during pregnancy so be prepared because nausea will usually happen throughout the day and not only in the mornings.
What to look out for?
Food. Learn to listen to your body and avoid forcing yourself to eat food that is difficult for your stomach to handle. Be mindful about the food you choose and tell everyone around you about your needs during this delicate time. Eat food that is easier to digest and that doesn’t have a strong or unpleasant smell.
Smell. Taking into account the fact that your sense of smell is enhanced you will easily be overwhelmed by certain smells around you. Avoid being around particular smells that you perceive as being unpleasant since it can create unnecessary nausea. Strong, sweet smells usually trigger nausea but this may vary from woman to woman.
Stress. Focus on your mental and emotional balance also, since anxiety and high levels of stress are linked to physical symptoms like nausea and stomach pressure.
Keep in mind that nausea can be a sign of a healthy pregnancy since it indicates the normal increase in your hormone levels. This is a good way of understanding that it’s a natural step of this process and also a way of making your mind link it to something positive until it passes.