More than two-thirds of women will experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy. However, for the vast majority of these women, this nausea and vomiting, sometimes referred to as “morning sickness,” will pass by the second trimester begins. However, nausea and vomiting returning during the second trimester are not as uncommon as you might think.
If you have had nausea and vomiting returning during the second trimester, you must try to find out what exactly is causing the nausea and vomiting. Indeed it may be just your morning sickness returning. However, most experts believe morning sickness happens with the changing levels of hormones in your body during pregnancy. By the time your second trimester rolls around, these hormone levels have typically begun to stabilize, causing the morning sickness and nausea to fade.
Some studies suggest that women who have morning sickness during their second trimester are more likely to develop preeclampsia or gestational hypertension later in pregnancy. So if you have been experiencing nausea and vomiting during your second trimester, make sure you see your doctor. They will be able to rule out a few different causes for your symptoms.
One possible cause for a return of nausea and vomiting during the second trimester is a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a condition that sometimes afflicts pregnant women, and its symptoms include severe nausea and vomiting. Hyperemesis gravidarum is generally treated with changes in diet, rest, and sometimes antacids. In general, pregnant women should avoid anti-nausea medications during pregnancy.
If your nausea and vomiting are not severe or prolonged, you may be able to treat them with various natural methods.
Some natural ways to mitigate your nausea and morning sickness during pregnancy include:
- Try some ginger extract supplements or ginger tea.
- Avoid eating fatty or spicy foods.
- Eat several small meals to avoid becoming too hungry or too full during the day.
- Avoid strong odors if possible, as the enhanced sense of smell that many pregnant women experience can be responsible for nausea and vomiting.
If you are experiencing severe nausea and vomiting during the second trimester, or if your nausea and vomiting last for more than 24 hours during the second trimester, you should contact your health care provider. It could be any number of things, from a simple stomach virus to a serious condition such as hyperemesis gravidarum, that is causing your nausea and vomiting to return.