Nausea In The Third Trimester Of Pregnancy

Published: 21st January 2010
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Normally, people tend to link morning sickness with the early signs of pregnancy. The truth is nausea and vomiting may not only occur during the first trimester of pregnancy but may very well, in certain cases, be experienced in the last trimester of the pregnancy.

During the first trimester of pregnancy, nausea is often caused by the increase in the levels of hormones within the body. But for some women, the hormone levels continue to rise up to the third trimester. In addition, the size of the baby is much larger during this trimester and the uterus may possibly press against the stomach. Nausea may also occur with heartburn, so women are advised to eat smaller frequent meals to avoid it.

If you are having nausea during your last trimester, take note of the following reminders:

* Stay healthy and consult your doctor immediately when you feel severe stomachache or vomiting.

* Observe if nausea or vomiting is affecting your ability to eat, or your appetite. Your baby needs essential nutrients and he or she acquires it through your food intake.

* Sip water continually to avoid dehydration.

Unluckily, some women have hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), a condition that causes women to suffer from severe morning sickness until their babies are born or even after the birth. HG refers to the nonstop and excessive vomiting that may cause the following:

* Weight loss

* Dehydration

* Sense of taste alterations

* Hallucinations

* Difficulty in daily activities

* Occurrence of diabetes, heart disease or neurobehaviorial issues in the baby

Due to the risk of dehydration and to pregnancy complications, women who have HG must be treated as a medical emergency with antiemetic medications, intravenous re-hydration or nutritional support that may be required.

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