Pregnancy Period

Reducing Nausea and Vomiting Symptoms during 5-week Pregnancy

Written by: Amicis

Mengurangi Gejala Muntah dan Mual Pada Usia Kehamilan 5 Minggu

During pregnancy, there are certain symptoms that may occur which vary among individuals : 

  • frequent urination
  • edema and breast pain 
  • nausea
  • exhaustion
  • blackened area around the nipple 
  • an increase in body temperature

bleeding spots due to the attachment of embryo into the uterine wall

Regarding the nausea that you may experience during the 5-week pregnancy, nausea during the first trimester of pregnancy normally occurs due to hormonal changes of the pregnant women. Nausea and vomiting generally take place in the morning so it is often known as morning sickness. This may also result in the decrease of the mother’s appetite. However, this symptom will decrease in the second trimester when the body begins to adapt to these changes.  

Some tips that may be applied by pregnant women to reduce the symptoms are as follows :

  • Start to consume liquid food, and gradually change to a small portion of solid foods rich in carbohydrates (eat slowly).
  • If vomiting is a problem in the morning, eat dry foods such as cereals, bread, or crackers before getting out of bed in the morning, or try to eat high protein snacks like cheese before going to bed (protein takes longer time to digest).
  • Change the diet into more frequent smaller meals Eating snacks every 2-3 hours is better than 3 large meals. Eat slowly and chew food completely.
  • Eat foods that contain a lot of liquid. Avoid large amounts of fluid intake at a time. Try cold drinks, fruit juices such as apple or grape.
  • Avoid spicy foods, fried foods, or greasy foods.
  • If the pregnant woman is disturbed with pungent odor, eat cold foods at room temperature and avoid the disturbing odor.
  • Consume Vitamin B1, B6, Vitamin C, Potassium, and Folic Acid. 
  • Contact your doctor if vomiting occurs continuously so that no food or drink can be consumed. This may lead to dehydration (lack of fluid) and should be treated as soon as possible. 

The dangerous thing is when the mother is experiencing a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis gravidarum itself is severe nausea and vomiting symptoms during pregnancy that can cause lack of fluids, weight loss, or electrolyte disturbances that interfere with daily activities and harm the fetus in the womb. HG generally occurs at Week 6-12 of pregnancy, which may continue to Week 16-20 of pregnancy.

Try the steps listed above. If they do not really help, the mother should consult the Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynecology to get the drugs that can reduce the nausea symptom.