In your first trimester, fatigue and nausea are very common symptoms. And because fatigue can make nausea worse, make sure you get as much rest as possible.
Nausea during pregnancy
About 7 in 10 women experience nausea at some point during early pregnancy. It typically starts within four to eight weeks of pregnancy and subsides around week 14. If your vomiting is severe, causing you to lose fluids and weight, it may indicate a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum which can lead to dehydration.
What causes nausea?
Experts still aren’t sure what causes nausea. It’s believed that elevated levels of hormones like hCG and estrogen could contribute to the symptoms. Other theories include a sensitive stomach, stress or fatigue. Some think that a sensitive stomach will prevent you from eating food that is unhealthy for Your Child.
Is nausea dangerous?
While nausea is definitely uncomfortable, it is not harmful to you or Your Child. On the contrary, it is often perceived as an indication of a healthy pregnancy.
How to manage nausea
To prevent nausea you should eat small meals but more often, and stay away from fatty, fried, or spicy foods. Ginger can help reduce the symptom as well. Also, ask your doctor about taking a vitamin B-6 supplement. If your vomiting is getting too severe, contact your doctor.
Why am I so tired?
During the early phases of pregnancy, your blood volume increases to supply the developing placenta and Your Child with nutrients, which causes your heart to work harder. Another reason is an increase in the hormone progesterone, which is known to have a sedating effect. On top of that, your body is changing the way it processes food and nutrients, causing more stress and fatigue.
Fatigue caused by anemia
Sometimes fatigue is a sign of low iron in the blood — anemia. Your need for iron increases during pregnancy as your body needs iron to make hemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that enables the cells to carry oxygen to your tissues and to Your Child. If you are suffering from anemia, you may have dizziness, shortness of breath, weakness, irregular heartbeat, and pale skin. Your doctor can check for anemia and prescribe an iron supplement if needed.
How can I fight my fatigue
Unfortunately, there isn’t a prescription your doctor can give you to relieve pregnancy fatigue. But here are some things you can do to help reduce the fatigue you may be feeling:
- Get as much rest as possible
- Try exercise to boost your energy
- Eat and drink healthy and plenty
Dr. Wanwadee Sapmee Panyakat, MD. (5 July 2020)