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 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.
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.
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.
Well 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:
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.
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
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!