How to Deal with Pregnancy Nausea
Whether you’re in your first trimester or last, nausea during pregnancy can be one of the most unpleasant parts of your experience. Here’s the scoop on why pregnancy nausea happens, how to manage it and when you might need to call in an expert.
What causes nausea in pregnancy?
Nausea during pregnancy is actually a good thing. According to Mayo Clinic, nausea and vomiting during the first trimester are associated with a reduced risk of early pregnancy loss – particularly for women age 30 and older. The presence of nausea is correlated with the production of HCG, a pregnancy hormone that indicates the pregnancy is moving in the right direction.
What helps with pregnancy nausea?
- Pregnancy lollipops and candy
Many women I work with have had relief from sucking on candies and mints. I particularly love the Queasy Pops from Three Lollies are formulated with essential oils and aromatherapy. They come in a variety of flavors and have been noted to alleviate dry mouth.
- Eat small, frequent meals
Gone are the days where you could wait until late to eat, then eat a ton, and not pay for it. During the first trimester, the best way to try and keep food down is by eating small snacks or meals—slowly. Snacks with a carbohydrate and protein combination are a good choice. Saltines with nut butter are a great place to start.
- Ginger and more ginger
Ginger in a variety of forms has been associated with alleviating nausea symptoms. You could try chewing on ginger, drinking ginger ale, drinking ginger tea or even consuming ginger root in a capsule form.
- Low-intensity exercise
The benefits of exercising during pregnancy are well understood – and it’s possible that it can help with your nausea too! Taking a walk or going for a swim are both effective ways to help manage your symptoms.
- Talk to your doctor or midwife
If you’re experiencing severe nausea and vomiting, which is known as hyperemesis gravidarum, then you need to get medical help right away. Because you’re unable to obtain nutrients for yourself and your fetus, it’s important to seek medical attention.