Nausea is extremely common during pregnancy. In fact, it is so common that we’ve even come up with a special name for nausea caused by pregnancy: Morning sickness. Nausea during pregnancy is so common that somewhere around seventy percent of expectant mothers will experience it at some point or another during their pregnancy. The good news is that nausea caused by pregnancy typically will end sometime during the first trimester, even before the second trimester begins.
Having said that, the fact remains that every woman is different. In fact, every pregnancy tends to be different, even for subsequent pregnancies for the same woman. There have been women who have experienced nausea not only during the first trimester and during the second trimester, but even into and all the way through the third trimester.
Morning sickness can also vary from one pregnancy to the next in terms of the severity. For some women, nausea caused by pregnancy is limited to just feeling a bit sick. For some, it means full-fledged vomiting. For some women, it might occur during the morning. For most women, it can happen at any time of the day.
There are things that you can do to help combat your nausea during the second trimester. You should avoid foods that are high in fats, especially foods that are high in saturated fats. You should also avoid foods that have strong smells, as the strong smells can sometimes trigger nausea. You should try to eat small, frequent meals and snacks to keep from being either too full or hungry. You can use crackers or rice cakes to help combat nausea. You might have some success, as some women have had, with motion sickness wrist bands.
In some cases, if your nausea persists into the second trimester, it can indicate a problem that isn’t directly related to pregnancy. For example, many women become nauseous due to the iron content in prenatal vitamins. For others, nausea can just be a sign of dehydration. If you can identify what exactly is causing your nausea during the second trimester, you will have much better luck at combating it.