During pregnancy, up to 50% of women may experience nausea and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms depends on each woman, and is independent of what happened in previous pregnancies. Symptoms are usually aggravated in situations of stress, fatigue or anxiety, and are also usually more pronounced
During pregnancy, up to 50% of women may experience nausea and vomiting. The severity of the symptoms depends on each woman, and is independent of what happened in previous pregnancies. Symptoms are usually aggravated in situations of stress, fatigue or anxiety, and are also usually more pronounced in multiple pregnancies.
Why nausea appears in pregnancy
During the first weeks of pregnancy, the woman's body produces high amounts of a hormone, human chorionic gonadotropin, and, although the specific reason is unknown, this hormonal change often leads to the onset of nausea. For this reason, when the placenta begins to fully function, by 12-14 weeks, nausea stops. However, other hormones, such as estrogen and thyroxine, may also be involved in the onset of nausea, and in this case, the discomfort may be maintained beyond 14 weeks.
There are foods that help to mitigate this unpleasant sensation, although not all women work, unfortunately, and there is no one that ensures the definitive disappearance of symptoms. In general, it seems to work to make small meals every time, instead of leaving the stomach empty, as this increases the feeling of nausea.
Foods that help reduce nausea during pregnancy
- Salty crackers or crackers first thing in the morning tend to settle the stomach. In these early hours, it is likely that liquid foods will help to increase the unpleasant nausea, so it is better to avoid them.
- Ginger is recommended in all its varieties, cookies, infusions, capsules ... It is a yang remedy widely used in oriental medicine, recommended mainly if, in addition to nausea, the woman has a tendency to be cold. Ginger is not recommended, however, when you are taking some type of anticoagulant.
- Mint or lemon candies, unlike ginger, usually help when the body feels hot, as it is a ying remedy. In this case, keep in mind that candies can carry large amounts of sugar, so, if possible, it is better to choose them without sugar. Mint gum without sugar or pennyroyal infusions can be another alternative to use.-
Slowly absorbing carbohydrates (rice, pasta, potatoes ...) are usually well assimilated, when less seasoned better. En - Sometimes, vitamin B6
also helps mitigate nausea, although experts have not yet agreed on how much vitamin B6 is safe during pregnancy. However, a healthy and balanced diet that includes foods rich in vitamin B6 can be beneficial. Vitamins B6 are rich in whole grains, including pasta and rice, lean meat, fish and chicken, nuts, and fruits such as bananas or avocados. In fact, nuts can be a highly recommended option even in cases where vomiting is severe, since, in addition to helping to mitigate nagging nausea, they provide energy and nutrients very valuable to the body. However, if you are one of those women who are suffering from nausea and vomiting, you should not obsess about maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, but rather try to cope with each day in the best possible way
. Food is important, but, at this moment, it is of greater importance to stay hydrated and to get enough stomachs to eat and keep in the stomach, to have energy in daily life. The second and third trimesters remain ahead of time to take care of the diet and ensure a good supply of nutrients for the baby.