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Pregnancy And Nausea – My Wish Came True

Pregnancy And Nausea – My Wish Came True

Well the expression “be careful what you wish for” rings really true to me right now. If you read my 1st pregnancy post regarding my very early pregnancy signs, I had none of the typical signs of pregnancy. In fact, I was feeling so great, and the fact that I have ammenorhea (no menstrual cycle) and PCOS, I do not even know what made me think I was pregnant. Well for you more experienced ladies who already have children, you are well aware that we “just know”. I had to go for an ultrasound to determine how many weeks pregnant I was and the doctor was a grumpy old man. He confirmed my pregnancy but emphasized that since I was only 6 weeks and 2 days pregnant, he repeatedly mentioned how likely I could have a miscarriage. Well… given my pregnancy is like a miracle and I am almost 38 years old (my biological clock is ticking), I started to become a little paranoid and the lack of symptoms made me worry. I even thought, “can I be having a silent miscarriage?” So I literally was praying that I would at least have nausea. Guess what? I really did get what I wished for and nausea sucks! Let us discuss pregnancy and nausea and how we can deal with this nasty feeling.

My 1st Trimester

NAUSEA

Nausea and vomiting of pregnancy is known as NVP and the symptoms typically start from week 6 of pregnancy and waiver off by week 12 and 13. The more common term, is “morning sickness” even though NVP can strike at any time of the day.

My nausea has definitely crept in but it is really inconsistent in regard to timing of the day and intensity. It first started only in the evening, right after I had my dinner.

In my case, my nausea started only in the evening. I think what made matters worse, is that I am VERY hungry throughout the day and I was not nausea during the day at all, so I ate as I normally did pre-pregnancy. But then I had dinner, and probably ate too much and/or too fast and BAM, I felt immediately nauseous and thought I would vomit. After 3 days in a row of this, I changed my dinner to a cold smoothie, and this was easier for me to digest. The nausea iss still there but much less intense.

HUNGER

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My hunger has actually been waking me up around 3 am each morning and I won’t lie ladies, I am scared that I am already putting on too much weight. Pregnancy sites say that many women do not even gain weight in their first trimester because they are vomiting. Others, will typically put on 3 to 4 pounds. Well I have already put on that much and I am about 1 month away from my first trimester ending.

NAUSEA CONTINUES

So today I am officially at 8 weeks and I WOKE up at 3 am starving again. I managed to stay in bed until 6 am and started my day as usual with my breakfast and coffee (yes I have 1 cup of coffee!!). For the first time, I was so nauseous in the morning. What makes it hard is that the nausea does not make me less hungry so I still want to eat. Today, I have been snacking all day, non-stop. Even though I am “snacking”, I am constantly grabbing something and overall, I am scared to know how many calories I am taking in.

So What Causes Nausea Anyway?

Well the smart researchers out there have yet been able to conclude what causes nausea. There are logical hypotheses, but these are not confirmed. They are:

1. The increase in the levels of estrogen levels and the pregnancy hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone may cause nausea.

2. If someone has a sensitive stomach, pregnancy may just make this worse.

3. Stress and/or fatigues due to the pregnancy, may cause nausea.

pregnancyandnauseaWell one thing is for sure, as much as I got what I wished for this does NOT feel good at all, nausea is a sign the pregnancy is going well!! So think of that when you feel like crap – that your baby is healthy and strong.

Also, we are definitely not alone, because 70% of women experience nausea in the 1st trimester. (1)

Home or natural remedies

Based on my very limited experience so far, I can say that we also have the intuition of what works best for our body. Without even realizing, I was applying some of the home remedy principles that I will speak to.

One of the “intuitions” I speak of, is that when we are pregnant, our sense of smell also gets stronger and that is why we have cravings and/or food aversions. Trust that instinct and just that in itself, will help with your nausea.

On a personal level, in my short week of “morning sickness”, I have noticed that:

  • Eating often and in smaller doses helps.
  • I prefer cold food over hot food. I will even eat my chicken, beef and rice cold because the smell of a hot meal seems to repulse me.
  • I prefer dry foods, especially carbohydrates. I am LOVING crackers and rice.
  • Drinking water throughout the day helps.

The most common suggested remedies are:

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1. Avoiding foods and smells that trigger your nausea.

2. Eat crackers (soda crackers) before you even get out of bed. This will help with the nausea before you get your day started.

This is because when you wake up on an empty stomach, the acids in your stomach can make the nausea worse.

3. Middle of the night snack: If up in the middle of the night, and you are already feeling hungry, nibble on a few crackers or another small snack.

4. Eating smaller meals more frequently throughout the day instead of three big meals.

5. Drinking water between meals and not during a meal. This is because for some of us, drinking and eating at the same time is too heavy for digestion during early pregnancy.

6. Eating drier, plainer foods such as white rice, dry toast, or a plain baked potato instead of richer, creamier foods.

7. Sucking on hard candy or Popsicle.

8. Get fresh air and have good ventilation at home, even with a fan.

9. Do not ignore your fatigue. Lie down and rest when you feel tired.

10. Drink ginger ale or lemonade.

Other remedies

You can speak with your doctor about vitamins. For instance, iron supplements, are known to cause lots of symptoms and it could be that the iron levels in your prenatal vitamins have too much iron for you. Speak with your doctor to discuss, if the nausea is really unbearable.

Also, Vitamin B-6 has been shown to effectively deal with nausea.

Risks of Serious Nausea or Vomiting

So nausea and vomiting are both natural during pregnancy and some women do not even gain weight in the 1st trimester because of the vomiting.

You do however have very serious cases, which do not often happen, that would need medical attention.

  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum, which is a medical condition that causes you to lose essential nutrients needed during pregnancy.
  • Molar Pregnancy, which occurs when an abnormal growth of tissue develops within the uterus.

Short Term Suffering for a Life Blessing

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We just need to tough this for a few short weeks for the sake of our little bean growing inside of us. I won’t lie, I am already worried about how much I am eating, and if I am not eating the right foods. But during the 1st trimester, just listen to your body, your senses and do what you need to do to stay hydrated and keep foods down. Things are supposed to get better soon. In fact, many women say the 2nd trimester is the most fun! No sickness, a cute belly starting to show and much more energy. Keep that in mind and stay mentally strong! Don’t forget to put some crackers on your night stand before going to bed tonight!

And for those of you who are pregnant, or have been pregnant, please share your experience with us below by writing a comment! Share one of your weirdest food cravings. One of my sister-in-laws told me she craved pickles for breakfast as soon as she woke up while pre-pregnancy she hated pickles!

So far, I do not have a specific craving other than carbohydrates in general… but I am sure there is one to come!

12 thoughts on “Pregnancy And Nausea – My Wish Came True”

  1. Helo, thanks for this  article on pregnancy and nausea.

    Your story is really interesting and I  have actually learnt something great from it. Anyways nice piece you’ve got here, it’s really gonna be so so useful and helpful to the ladies. I enjoyed your article so I wilol definitely visit your site some other time.thanks

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    • Hello Sheddy,

      I really appreciate your feedback. I will do my best to share my personal experiences in their raw and I will also do my ultimate best to gather all relevant information about a topic to help other women.

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to read my post. I was hoping that this blog would serve well and given that I am at the beginning stages of this pregnancy blog, all the feedback will be used to improve my posts:) 

      Thank you again for your time and support.

      Reply
  2. You are a total genius in this regard. I’m happy to see how you go along with your expertise giving very important information with regards to this issue of nausea. My sister who is pregnant for the first time started feeling nauseated skem days ago and we didn’t know what to do so it left and it came back early today. I think I understand what causes it now and how we can help her. Thank you

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    • Hello Henderson!

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out and give me feedback about my site. I would definitely say that I am NOT an expert at all, I am a very big beginner in the pregnancy department. All I know is that my personal experiences will be shared in all honesty and without filter:) I will also do my ultimate best to gather all relevant information about a topic to help other women.

       The more we share our experiences, the more we can help others, because although we are all different experiences will over lap and we can find common ground which can be comforting during a time of uncertainty, especially when it is a 1st pregnancy. 

      Thank you again for your time and support.

      Reply
  3. Hi Cynthia. I truly find this post inspiring and educative. It’s a guide to all women especially those going through it now. Now I know the reason behind their uncontrolled appetite. This article will be of help to couple’s probably going through a dispute because of these symptoms.

    Thanks for sharing this with me. 

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    • Hello Awinikistevie!

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out and give me feedback about my site. I am just starting this pregnancy plog so it feels good to know that it can be useful for women and men out there. The more we share our experiences, the more we can help others, because although we are all difference, experiences will over lap and we can find common ground which can be comforting during a time of uncertainty, especially when it is a 1st pregnancy. 

      Thank you again for your time and support.

      Reply
  4. Great website you have for helping new Mommy’s. 

    I have 2 children. I wasn’t sick during my first pregnancy(boy), however, I was sick for my second (girl). Like you mentioned that women may get sick due to the iron in their pregnancy vitamins. This was true for me but only during my second pregnancy, so I had to take a different vitamin. I felt a lot better after. 

    For cravings, I craved mainly fruit and ice cream with my first pregnancy and for my second, mainly salty snacks and chicken wings. Nothing too weird tho. It’s funny how all pregnancy can be so different!

    All the best you and your new family:) 

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    • Hello Mirzy7! 

      Thank you so very much for taking the time to read my post, because as I can see from your comment, you are already an experienced mother. Your support about my site really means a lot to me given it is at the beginning stages and I was hoping that this blog would serve well:)

      Does that really mean anything? Girl vs boy morning sickness hypothesis? I have heard a lot of people say that when you are really sick, you most likely have a girl. That should be an interesting study for researchers to do! LOL

       Yes, we are all different right? And we are even different within ourselves between pregnancies. I do not have any weird cravings yet, and things that I already enjoyed eating, I seem to enjoy even more, so long as it is COLD. 

      Thank you again for talking the time to reach out and give me feedback. I hope to see you back here again. I am looking forward to being a family of 3:)

      Reply
  5. I have had three pregnancies and two survived. I have come to understand that the journey is different for everybody and each pregnancy is different for a given person. With my first pregnancy, in the first three months, nausea was triggered by the smell of meat. I would get hungry at several point during the day and so i survived by eating small snacks. After about four months, I was fine. My second pregnancy ended in miscarriage after 2 months. In the case of the third, I hardly had any nausea in the first trimester but throughout the whole nine months, I had no appetite for milk and all dairy products. After delivery i was fine. Whatever we experience, it does pass and is usually forgotten when we hold our precious bundle of joy.

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    • Hello JJ,

      I  want to thank you for sharing your personal experience here on my site. Reading a lot about miscarriages lately, I can not even imagine how difficult it must have been to lose a child. I am at my two month mark right now and I would be devasted. 

      Many people say when there is a lot of nausea, you most likely have a girl and vice versa. Did this hypothesis apply to you?

       Yes, we are all different right? But I got the inspiration to share my story because when I had my first 2 pregnancy symptoms, I went online to look for early signs of pregnancy  but could not find mine anywhere because my symptoms are very rare. So rare that I really thought I was not pregnant, until I came across ONE pregnancy post by a blogger who had the exact same symptoms like me. Yes, we are all different and so we can not generalize symptoms, but someone out there will have a similar experience. The more we share, the more we can help others.

      I am absolutely sure that all the pregnancy struggles are completely forgotten once that life is brought into the world:)

      Reply
  6. This article is awesome!

    Providing info about this situation helps to most pregnant people because many future mothers can feel identified (or related). Change the dinner for a cold smoothie or cold food over hot foods could be excellent advice, although it may not work in the same way for all people. Furthermore, it is important to know that nausea is a normal sign in the first trimester. Those tips are a huge help for the people in this earlier stage. The topic of how to carry the feeding throughout the day is interesting because it can be a way to reduce nausea, avoid gaining weight and improve digestion.

    I am glad to read this because I have a lot of pregnant friends and now I know how to advise them, I will even share this article.

    Thanks for this info.

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    • Hello Andres! Thank you so very much for the enthusiam about my site. Coming from a male as well, I will take your comments to heart!

      I am glad you feel that my pregnancy blog can be useful for women out there because I really want to be able to reassure and guide women in the right direction if they have any concerns or questions regarding their pregnancy.

      I got the inspiration when I had 2 pregnancy symptoms that were so rare. When I went online to look for early signs of pregnancy I really thought I was not pregnant, until I came across ONE pregnancy post by a blogger who had the exact same symptoms like me. Yes, we are all different and so we can not generalize symptoms, but somone out there will have a similar experience. The more we share, the more we can help others.

      Thank you again for talking the time to reach out and give me feedback.

      Reply

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