Pregnancy is a wonderful time; there’s a new life growing inside of you and the feeling of joy and fulfillment that knowledge brings is incomparable. However, while you are elated at your new status as a pregnant woman, hormones can put a dampener on this joy as you would begin to experience mild to extreme nausea. So when exactly does this nausea or morning sickness begin in pregnancy?
When to Expect Nausea or Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
Most women report experiencing nausea from their fifth to sixth week of pregnancy and this lasts up until the twelfth week. A few women, however, vomit until they give birth, a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) or acute morning sickness. ( You can get more information about hyperemesis gravidarum on helper.org or beyond morningsickness.com ). I experienced HG while pregnant with my daughter and the experience was quite draining physically and emotionally.
Nausea in pregnancy is quite an uncomfortable experience and can slow down your regular activities. You also develop aversion to certain meals or smells and it is these that trigger a vomiting session most times.
How to Manage Nausea or Morning Sickness Blues in Pregnancy
Nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy can’t be completely cured. It can however be managed so you get some semblance of control back into your life. Here are a few natural remedies for treating nausea:
Ginger is one remedy that will alleviate your morning sickness to bring you relief. To use, brew a tea using fresh ginger roots or 30 grams of ground ginger powder in a cup of boiling water. Let it cool sufficiently and drink in sips.
2. Raspberry Leaves Tea
Raspberry tea has also been known to reduce morning sickness. Brew a tea using 1-2 teaspoons of raspberry and drink when nausea hits. Besides relieving morning sickness, this herb is also known to tone your uterine muscles. It should however be taken on the directives of your health physician as it’s also known to induce mild contractions.
3. Try Carbs and Protein
Place a plate of crackers, toast, or dry bread by your bedside and eat just before you go to bed or first thing in the morning before the nausea starts. These carbs are helpful in reducing morning sickness before it starts.
You should also eat a meal rich in protein as this also helps.
4. Eat Five to Six Small Meals
Eating may be the last thing on your mind when dealing with morning sickness, however, you should strive to do so as an empty stomach worsens the situation. If you can’t keep down a large meal try eating five to six smaller meals throughout the day.
5. Carry Out a Belly Rub Using Oils
Carry out a belly rub using two drops each of peppermint and chamomile oil. Rub this over your stomach for a minute and then place a warm towel across.
These essential oils are quite medicinal and have been known to bring relief from morning sickness on quite a few occasions.
Exercising is another effective way to manage morning sickness in pregnancy. Nausea and other symptoms of morning sickness come as a result of your hormones being all over the place. Carrying out some mild but regular exercise will work on your hormones to reduce nausea.