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Headache and nausea during pregnancy

  1. Being pregnant is very special. In addition to the beautiful pink cloud on which you have landed, various pregnancy ailments can also occur that make you feel less well at times. Headache and nausea are the most common symptoms. You want to enjoy your pregnancy to the fullest, but sometimes you wonder how you will do that.

Hormonal change

  1. Being pregnant causes a lot of changes in and in your body. A lot also changes hormonally. Many women experience these hormonal fluctuations like a rollercoaster. One minute you are happy and the next moment you are very grumpy. Crying spells will also occur regularly. Despite these complaints, it is important to do fun things that do not require you to think too much. This prevents a storm of thoughts and keeps your hormones more stable.


  1. Nausea is one of the first symptoms in many women by which they recognize pregnancy. In most cases, this symptom persists for the first weeks due to the rise in the pregnancy hormone hCG. The nausea may diminish after a few weeks, but unfortunately it can also persist throughout the pregnancy. Yet this is not always the first indicator of pregnancy. There are enough women who do not suffer from nausea during pregnancy at all. Sensitivity to the hCG hormone varies from woman to woman.

The usefulness of the hCG hormone

  1. The hCG hormone is produced to stop the production of new eggs in the fallopian tube. In addition, it ensures the growth of the baby by converting the mother's body fat into energy. The hCG hormone in the body rises until about 12 weeks of pregnancy, after which the level of the hCG hormone slowly falls again, which in most cases also reduces nausea.

Always keep your stomach filled

  1. In addition to the hCG hormone, pregnancy causes an increased acidity in the stomach. When your stomach is too empty, this acidity will become even higher, making the nausea even worse. So make sure your stomach is always full. Also, do not eat too much at once, but eat small portions spread over the day. When you are away from home or in a car for an extended period of time, make sure you have some food and drink with you. This way you can prevent the nausea from coming on during uncomfortable situations.

Watch what you eat

  1. When you are very nauseous, eat mainly easily digestible food such as a cracker, a biscuit or rice. In addition, savory food has been proven to be less stressful for your stomach. Spicy or very sweet food can irritate the stomach lining, producing more stomach acid and causing nausea to increase. Are you mainly nauseous in the morning? Make sure you eat something in bed first and then sit still for a while. Only get out of bed after half an hour. This will prevent sudden swings in your stomach.

Drink lots of water

  1. Drinking water is a remedy for many ailments, but also for your morning sickness. The guideline for a non-pregnant person is 1 to 2 liters of water intake per day. When you are pregnant, it is important that you drink 2 liters. Water is better tolerated by the stomach than coffee or orange juice. These drinks can cause an overstimulation of the stomach wall, which makes the nausea worse.

It's not about, now what?

  1. Nausea is very annoying but is not directly a danger to you as a mother and the baby. It is important to discuss this with your midwife or your doctor if you are hardly consuming any food. If necessary, he / she can give medication to reduce nausea. You and your child need enough nutrients to develop.


  1. Headache is an annoying but also often a harmless ailment that can start during the early stages of pregnancy. Headaches, like nausea, can have various causes.


  1. A lot changes in your body, but also in your life. In the beginning of the pregnancy you can still do a lot of things yourself, but at a later stage you will have to slow down and leave certain activities to others. In addition to these matters, a lot will also have to be arranged for your little one. Think of the nursery, the name of the baby, the maternity care and perhaps something will change in the relationship. There may also be concerns about the future and finances. All of this can cause stress causing headaches.

Correct attitude

  1. Your child grows in your body, so you will gain weight. This extra weight, the growing belly and the hollow back that this creates, causes a change in the body posture. It is therefore important to pay close attention to your posture. Try to sit upright and stand with the abdominal muscles slightly contracted. This reduces overloading of muscles resulting in muscle pain and headaches.


  1. Paracetamol can be used safely during pregnancy. It is important that you always look for the cause first. When you take a lot of paracetamol, your body can also react, causing more headaches.

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