Pregnancy comes out with lots of joy in one’s life and that joy comes from the feeling of giving birth to a new life. You are the creator of a new Life - A MOTHER. Before experiencing it, you have already heard a lot of stories that being pregnant is the greatest feeling ever, this is the best part of your life. But no one tells you, what you are going to face in all the first 13 weeks i.e in First Trimester.
You must have heard things like morning sickness, nausea, tiredness, weakness but this is the time you are going to face all this finally. Every pregnancy is different. Not all women face these problems, and those are the luckiest ones! The women who face these problems are the strongest ones!
Nausea is one of the most experienced symptoms during pregnancy. It is very uncomfortable feeling a woman can experience. During that time a woman goes through a lot of mixed emotions. She even doesn’t understand whether she is happy, sad or exhausted. Nausea is not at all harmful to the mother or the baby, it’s just a discomfort.
When does it start?
You may experience a feeling of nausea anytime between 5 to 8 weeks and it may last up to 12 to 14 weeks. After the 13th week, it starts to fade away as you enter the Second Trimester. It’s not all that! Some women face it for a longer period of time until the end of pregnancy but for most, it ends with the beginning of the second trimester.
Causes of Nausea
As a new life started growing in your womb, you are not the same as before. A lot of hormonal changes occur in your body and that’s the reason for nausea.
So, the main “culprit behind all your discomforts is the pregnancy Hormone - HCG Hormone”
Dealing with Nausea
In your first Trimester, your baby starts to form. Yes, you must take a healthy diet but don’t eat if you are not feeling like it. You have to fight with nausea anyhow, by any means, by any guidelines.
So, here are some tips for managing nausea:
1) Morning Routine
Whenever you wake up always have 2-3 biscuits before getting up from the bed. First, have some biscuits then get up. Staying empty stomach will make nausea worse.
2) Avoid Heavy Meals
Do not take Heavy meals right after you get to know you are pregnant. Take small meals. Have a meal every hour and keep your mouth busy. This helps a lot in fighting with nausea.
3) Eat For Yourself
This is the time when you have to eat for yourself. Your little one will take from it. Eat whatever you like, whatever you want to eat but healthy. This is not the time for eating for two but rather for one itself. There will be no effect on baby’s health as baby starts to grow from the second trimester. So, eat homemade, healthy food whatever you like.
4) Adieu to Unhealthy food
Start eating healthy. This is the time to Say NO to outside food, as it could lead to acidity, gas and heartburn problems. Once in a while, one can have it but avoid it.
5) Stay Hydrated
Drink a lot of water to fight problems like a headache, muscles pain which we sometimes encounter during the first trimester. Keep yourself hydrated, have watery fruits, buttermilk, milk, glucose water, etc. Apart from this drink at least 3-4 litres of water every day.
6) Have coconut water in the morning. This helps you to deal with nausea.
7) Prone to smell
Stay away from the smells you don’t like. During this time, you become more prone to smell. Stay away from the food, from the things (Detergents, Beauty products, Oils etc) that make you feel nauseating.
8) Sleeping position
Never ever go to sleep right after having the food. Wait for sometime, then go to sleep. Always try to sleep on the left as it will help digestion.
Note—“Forget to sleep on stomach, Avoid sleeping on back, Try to sleep on sides”
The best Sleeping position is to sleep on your left.
9) Sufficient Sleep
Take at least 9-10 hours of sleep every day.
When to consult a doctor
If you are not able to deal with nausea, call your gynaecologist. The doctor will prescribe you some medicine to deal with it.
In case of excessive vomiting, call the doctor.