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Nausea in Late Pregnancy

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Each stage of pregnancy provides a unique set of symptoms. These are not felt by every expectant mother, but are common enough to not to be cause for alarm. Nausea in late pregnancy is one symptom in particular that is a fairly common complaint. If you are suffering from nausea in the third trimester, rest assured that there are steps you can take to lessen the symptoms and make yourself more comfortable.

Coping Strategies for Nausea in the Last Few Months

Having the classic morning sickness in the first few months of pregnancy is something that nearly every mother expects, even though only about half of mothers experience it. There is a decided tendency to not discuss what is actually far more common, which is nausea in late pregnancy. The term, "nausea" actually encompasses a wide range of symptoms. For one mother, this can mean some mild stomach cramps or a tummy-ache. Another mother may say the word nausea and be referring to symptoms that are actually a bit more serious, such as vomiting and diarrhea. None of these mentioned symptoms are entirely out of the ordinary for pregnant mothers. Late pregnancy symptoms such as these are often the result of the body preparing itself for childbirth. Frequent, mild, contractions, also known as Braxton-Hicks contractions, are the body's way of practicing or warming up for child birth. Aside from causing some discomfort, Braxton-Hicks contractions can also cause stomach cramps or even vomiting. These late pregnancy symptoms, like diarrhea or a tummy-ache, can also be the result of the natural hormonal changes that take place as the pregnancy progresses towards the birth. Finally, internal pressure from the size of the growing baby can also cause these late pregnancy symptoms . As baby gets bigger, there is more pressure exerted on the surrounding internal organs, such as the stomach, thereby causing discomfort and nausea.

Coping with cramping in late pregnancy and other related symptoms is easier with a few tips from doctors. The most common piece of advice given by doctors and nurses is to eat smaller portions more frequently rather than large meals. The less food taken in at one time, the less likely there will be stomach upset. In addition to adjusting the amount of food consumed at one time, there are other traditional forms of relief that also seem to work for many mothers. One such practice is drinking a mint or fennel tea. This often has an effect of calming a tummy ache, and generally aiding in digestion. If cramping in late pregnancy is causing discomfort, then the use of a heating pad can often provide some additional relief. However, heating pads and similar devices should be used in moderation and at low temperatures. Should traditional comforts not work, or a mother needs something more, then a discussion with her care provider is in order. A doctor can instruct a woman in the use of medications that are approved for use in treating symptoms of late pregnancy.

It is important to keep in mind that while nausea in late pregnancy is common, it should also not be brushed aside. Common symptoms or not, it should be brought to the attention of the care provider so that it can be assessed for severity and taken into account. While many of these symptoms would not be a concern for normal, low-risk pregnancies, they may well be of great concern with mothers that have certain health concerns or pregnancy risk factors. For this reason, it is absolutely imperative that mothers and care providers have open and frank conversations about all symptoms experienced and how the pregnancy is going.

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Shanti Bradley

Shanti Bradley

I grew up in Northern Indiana, near the University of Notre Dame.  I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Holy Cross College.  Aside from writing I am also a family health educator at Memorial Hospital of South Bend.  I work also as a Birth Doula and Lactation Specialist.  I love providing education and support for growing families.  I find it incredibly rewarding.

I have a husband and two children of my own.  They are three and five years old.  My three year old has Autism.  In addition to running around after them, I have a St. Bernard that I enjoy cuddling with.  I have also in the past worked as a nanny to three children, two of which were special needs.  Long before that, in what almost seems like another lifetime altogether, I worked as a restaurant general manager.