Medical Q&As

Nausea of pregnancy - help?

Iím only six weeks pregnant and I am constantly feeling nauseated. Can this be because of the pregnancy already? What can I do if anything to reduce the feeling?

Since you did not specifically mention vomiting I assume for the purpose of answering your question that your main complaint is one of persistent nausea without vomiting. It is not too early for you to be experiencing this symptom and many women experience it even earlier. Nausea of pregnancy is extremely common and can affect 50% to 90% of pregnant women. Although the symptom can be very unpleasant it is not deleterious to the health of the foetus or mother. The cause of this nausea is not known but is thought to be hormonal in origin. In particular it is thought to be due to the rise in HCG (human chorionic gonadotrophin), which occurs within the motherís body soon after implantation of the embryo. The symptom is more common in younger mothers, overweight mothers, a first pregnancy or those with a history of troublesome nausea while using the pill. Nausea, in the absence of vomiting is usually treated conservatively and involves avoiding stimuli that have triggered nausea such as particular smells or tastes. Some women find it helpful to eat small meals more frequently. Others find it helpful to rest in a dark and quiet room. Drug treatment is generally avoided unless the nausea is accompanied by vomiting and even then drug treatment would generally be regarded as an option of last resort. In many cases nausea subsides at the end of the first trimester but it is not unheard of for the nausea to persist throughout the pregnancy.