During early pregnancy, many women expect to have symptoms like morning sickness. In fact, somewhere around 70% of women say that they will experience nausea and/or vomiting during their first trimester. Nausea is often a common indicator of pregnancy for many women. However, nausea during the third trimester is not nearly as common as nausea during the first or even the second trimester.
There are specific things that can cause third trimester nausea and vomiting. For example, liver problems such as a fatty liver can cause nausea or vomiting for a woman in her third trimester. The flu or some sort of a stomach virus can also be responsible for third trimester nausea and vomiting; a woman who is pregnant is as likely as anyone else to come down with one of these things. Also, because late pregnancy is often a time of pain and discomfort, the pain associated with late pregnancy can be responsible for nausea, as well.
If you are experiencing occasional nausea, nausea that is not accompanied by vomiting, or nausea that is not severe, there are some things that you can do to help alleviate the symptoms. They can include:
- You should avoid foods that are high in fats, especially saturated fats.
- You should avoid foods with strong smells that could trigger nausea.
- You can use sea bands or motion sickness wrist bands may help some women who have morning sickness.
- You should eat small, frequent snacks and meals to avoid feeling either hungry or too full.
- You can use rice cakes or crackers to counteract nausea.
- You should make sure to keep hydrated, as dehydration is a common cause of nausea.
- You might try using ginger. Many women have had success using a variety of ginger products, such as ginger root supplements or ginger tea to help combat morning sickness.
If you nausea is severe, persistent, and accompanied by diarrhea or cramping, you should contact your health care provider immediately.