I once read in a book that women who suffer from severe stomach sickness during their pregnancy have psychological issues with the baby. In essence, this author suggested that women who vomit during those tumultuous first few months have a sub-conscious desire to expel the embryo.
For any woman who has struggled to get pregnant, and is delighted at the very thought of a tiny infant growing quietly, the mere thought of such an accusation can bring on a bout of nausea.
It is true that doctors do not know the exact reason why we feel sick to our stomachs, there are plenty of great possibilities (physical ones, not laughable psychological ones). Our bodies are going through an unprecedented amount of change, a new life is developing, hormones levels are increasing to support the pregnancy, our senses, especially smell and taste, have reached new heights, and our bodies are increasingly sensitive to all that occurs in our environment.
It’s no wonder we feel exhausted and queasy while our bodies adjust.
For me, I had a challenging time keeping food in my stomach for the first trimester (approximately weeks 1 through 12). At my first prenatal visit, I discussed this with the doctor on call. She immediately gave me a prescription for medication that would alleviate all symptoms of the dreaded morning sickness. Side effects? I asked. Not a one, she replied, it’s perfectly safe.
With the prescription in hand, I left the doctor and went to do a little of my own research. The drug was relatively new, and no long-term studies had been completed. I had decided to opt out and look for other more natural methods to reduce the morning sickness.
First of all, I learned that the queasy feeling is a good sign and that miscarriage is much less likely in those women who experience morning sickness (which can actually last all day, but is most common in the morning when blood sugar levels are low). But, knowing that fact didn’t help much as I vomited several times daily.
I was extremely sensitive to smells and couldn’t even stand to imagine the smell of red peppers or cigarette smoke. Even coffee, which I loved before, became repulsive. So, I automatically avoided all smells that were offensive. Occasionally, that was impossible, so I carried a small satchel stuffed with dried herbs such as lavender and thyme and took a deep breath when needed.
Also, snacking is a great preventative. Queasiness is often worse when the stomach is empty, and when the feeling comes on, eating may be the last thing on your mind. Try consuming a fair number of small meals, and eat a late night snack so that your blood sugar doesn’t drop as much during the night.