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Third Trimester Nausea: How to Deal With and Prevent

Third Trimester Nausea: How to Deal With and Prevent

Surprise! You’re not done with nausea yet. Many women talk about how bad the nausea is in the first trimester, and yes it is bad, but you can also get it in the third trimester – and it is somehow worse. Not only do you have to deal with the other aches and pains that come with the third trimester, but nausea too? Yeah, we know, it sucks! Don’t get too stressed out though, we found and tested the best ways to deal with nausea in the third trimester and came up with a list of the best techniques to try. 

What Causes Third Trimester Nausea?

So, what exactly causes third trimester nausea? There is a long list of reasons you could be having nausea in your third trimester including: 

  • Acid Reflux
  • Change in Metabolism
  • Increasing Hormone Levels
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Pre-Eclampsia

According to Dr. Laura Riley from Parents magazine, “nausea can result when the uterus compresses the stomach or when the normal contractions of the stomach slow down.” So, should you be worried? According to Dr. Farrell, Medical Director and gynaecologist at Jean Hailes for Women’s Health, about “20% of women can have [nausea] into the second trimester and some can have it throughout.” 

Morning Sickness and Nausea During Pregnancy

For some women the problem can be caused by the pressure of the uterus on the stomach combined with food becoming difficult to digest. For other women, the problem can be as serious as pre-eclampsia. You should always talk to your doctor about any problems that are happening during your pregnancy, and third trimester nausea is nothing to sneeze at. 

Tips to Prevent Third Trimester Nausea

There are ways you can deal with your third trimester nausea, but if nothing you do is helping to relieve the nausea, you should speak with your doctor to get a proper diagnosis. 

The best way you can deal with nausea is by preventing it from coming on in the first place. If you begin to realize that you are dealing with third trimester nausea, there are preventative measures you can take to deal with it. 

Avoiding Certain Foods

Throughout your pregnancy you could be triggered by certain smells. Potent-smelling food such as fish, eggs, or pickles are known to make some women sick to their stomach. Anytime during your pregnancy it is a good rule of thumb to avoid these foods that you know could make you feel queasy. 

Rest

Getting plenty of sleep and resting when you feel overworked is a great way to reduce your likelihood of getting nausea. Giving your body time to relax and reset will help keep it healthy and able to function properly. 

A woman sleeping while wearing a postpartum belly wrap

Eat Small Meals And Often

An easy way to overwhelm your digestive system is by eating 3 large meals a day. This can make it more difficult for your stomach to digest the food and that can make you nauseous. You can easily avoid this by eating smaller meals more often. By eating 5-6 meals a day with smaller portion sizes you are not overwhelming your stomach. Leading to less nausea. 

Stay Hydrated

A great way to stay healthy throughout your pregnancy is by staying hydrated. Drink lots and lots of water. Water is necessary for our bodies to function properly and when your body is growing a baby, it needs even more than normal. A key symptom of dehydration is nausea – so make sure you are constantly sipping water throughout the day. 

How to Deal with Third Trimester Nausea

If you are already experiencing nausea there are a few ways you can help your body deal with it. There are plenty of ways for you to combat the queasiness and get your body back to feeling better. 

Drink Water

Like I said earlier, if you are feeling nauseous, it could possibly be that your body is a little dehydrated. Make sure to take small sips of water over the course of the day. 

sipping water throughout the day helps with third trimester nausea

Ginger

Ginger is known for its ability to decrease nausea and vomiting. If you are looking to take a more proactive approach you can drink some ginger tea, ginger ale, or even suck on some ginger candies. This can greatly decrease your nausea. 

Ventilate Your Space

Heat can be a contributing factor to your nausea, so make sure to have a fan or even some ice packs nearby to cool you off. The cool air makes it easier to breathe and cools you off. If you can’t do this, maybe try sitting outside for a little bit to get some fresh air. 

Can I take Medication for Third Trimester Nausea?

For some women, nausea is something that they have to deal with throughout their whole pregnancy. If none of the preventative measures, or home remedies are working for you, try talking to your doctor about a prescription medication for nausea. Your doctor will be able to take your personal medical history and pregnancy challenges into consideration and prescribe you a medication that can work. 

doctor with laptop and pregnant woman at clinic
Your doctor will help you decide what’s best for you and your baby.

When Should You See a Doctor?

While nausea in the third trimester can be nothing to worry about, there are some cases where it can indicate a much bigger problem. If you experience nausea as well as extreme vomiting, a fever, dizziness, weight loss, loss of appetite, or your baby stops moving as often – contact your doctor immediately. These can be indicators that something more is going on. 

Key Takeaways

Third trimester nausea is annoying and awful, but it can be prevented or dealt with in some cases. For other women, third trimester nausea is an indication of something bigger that is happening. Talk to your doctor if your condition worsens. 

After you give birth you may still experience nausea due to your body’s sudden adjustment. If this does happen, you can always continue to try the home remedies listed above. They are great suggestions to treat nausea no matter if you are pregnant or not. You want to get back to feeling better faster and being your best self for your new family addition. 

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  • May 29, 2020
  • Category: News