Dianna Martino - Holistic Naturopath & Coach

Holistic Adelaide Naturopath

Nausea of Pregnancy

Nausea of pregnancy, also known as morning sickness, is a common occurrence and can be very challenging for many women. Nausea of pregnancy is not limited to the morning thus the inaccuracy of the name morning sickness. The extent of the nausea varies and different strategies can help with different people.

Possible causes of Nausea in Pregnancy:

  • High levels of Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormones. This hormone is produced by the placenta after implantation of the embryo and is one indication of a healthy pregnancy. Levels of hCG rise throughout the first trimester and are highest at the end of this trimester. hCG then gradually declines throughout the rest of your pregnancy. This may be why nausea is often at its worst in the first trimester and then you start to feel better.
  • Gastrointestinal organs may become displaced to make room for the growing foetus. This may cause acid reflux and delayed stomach emptying which may cause nausea.
  • High fat diet.
  • Helicobacter pylori bacterial infection. This may also cause stomach ulcers.
  • Stress and anxiety

Nausea Strategies:

  • Ginger
  • Acupressure- you can do this yourself anytime, or use a seasick wrist band from the pharmacy. The point is underneath your wrist in between the tendons. The wrist band applies pressure to this point for you.
  • Acupuncture with a qualified practitioner who specialises in pregnancy.
  • Ensure your blood sugar levels remain balanced by eating small meals and snacks frequently, include protein throughout the day.  Have a light snack before bed and keep some organic raw almonds in a sealed container by your bed in case you wake up feeling sick during the night. You can also nibble on these when you wake in the morning before getting up and having breakfast.
  • Ensure you get enough sleep. Especially during the first trimester when your body is creating the placenta, you can be much more tired than usual. Allow 9-10 hours for sleep per night and listen to your body. After the first trimester your energy levels usually pick back up again.
  • Hypnosis and relaxation. Listen to some pregnancy related or relaxation hypnosis audio tracks to give your mind something else to pay attention to. Or even just some classical music or whatever soothes you. Sometimes it can feel the more that you focus on the nausea and your discomfort, the bigger it grows and the more it takes over your life. So give yourself a break and allow your mind to help you out here.

Nausea can be one of the most challenging parts of pregnancy. Be gentle with yourself and ask for the support that you need. Engage a health practitioner to help you through this challenging time if you feel you could use the extra support. If you are experiencing cramping, pain, spotting or bleeding, these are signs to immediately get checked out with your medical care provider. If the nausea is severe, it could be hyperemesis gravidarum and this needs to be diagnosed by your medical care provider. For most women, nausea of pregnancy is a sign of healthy hormone levels and is a very normal, although unpleasant symptom. Have faith that it will settle as your pregnancy progresses and you will start to feel better again in the second trimester.