Nausea is a feeling of discomfort which may lead to throwing up that happens right before periods to most of the women. This is usually accompanied with lack of interest in food, loss of energy, a general lazy feeling and weakness. Though these are common symptoms, their occurrence right before the periods is what makes them worse. The battle of hormones also brings abnormal pain in lower back and cramps in the abdomen which make the phase very uncomfortable.
However, there are several things that a women suspects during the phase and would like to get rid of the symptoms and reasons if given a chance. So here is what is happening to the body and what can be done to have the situation in control.
Nausea before or during period: what causes it?
Several women have pain in the lower abdomen, lower back and thighs before the onset of the periods. Dysmenorrhoea usually lasts till the first two days of the periods and vanishes thereafter. For many, nauseous feeling, throwing up and loss of appetite are the common feelings before and during the periods. Each body type is mutually exclusive and has different symptoms and feeling during menstruation. These are caused by hormonal changes in the body that is preparing itself to shed the uterus lining.
Deficient of essential Vitamin A and Vitamin B is usually the cause of nausea. Those having fluctuating levels of sugar also feel nauseous during and before periods which causes loss of appetite and weakness.
The symptoms are common and vanish within 3-5 days maximum. However, if these symptoms last longer, it is necessary to have a medical expert’s advice on the abnormal behaviour of the body to prevent any major health issues.
Another serious reason for this condition could be Endometriosis – a condition where the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is formed outside the uterus. To worsen the condition, these grow on the abdominal lining and uterine cavity and cause painful periods. The impact of hormonal changes brings about nausea, rectal pain, diarrhoea, rectal pain and bloated feeling. The case is rare and needs a full fledged treatment and surgery in a few cases.
Is it a sign of pregnancy?
Nausea is a common symptom during and before the menstruation phase and in early pregnancy. Pregnant women can feel nauseous for a couple of months or during the entire pregnancy. So in case the nausea remains and the periods do not arrive, wait for a week for the periods and then take a pregnancy test to find out.
It is natural to have spotting and abnormal discharge if there is pregnancy, so do not mistake it as a sign of periods. A confirm pregnancy test or blood test should be done to verify pregnancy.
Remedies / treatment for period nausea
Period nausea can be treated naturally by using simple below mentioned methods. These tricks are safe and natural which make them unique. These methods can be applied for any kind of nausea, irrespective of the reason of trigger.
Peppermint is available in several forms and can be consumed when the nauseous feeling occurs. The strong smell and flavour helps reduce the symptoms and soothes the senses. Ensure safe amount of peppermint consumption to avoid other health issues.
Raw ginger flakes, ginger tea or anything that has ginger extracts helps calm down when you feel nauseous. Remember not to over consume ginger as it may disturb the internal lining of the stomach.
3. Chamomile Tea
Chamomile Tea is an effective natural solution to sooth nauseous feeling. It relaxes the muscles and makes you feel fresh. It is a great way to subside nausea when at home or outdoors and helps lower the cramping too.
4. Controlled Deep Breathes
Deep breathing instantly relaxes the body and has positive effects on nausea. Stand on a flat surface and face outdoors if possible and inhale and exhale taking your own time. Inhaling soothing things like baby powder, soap, aroma oils etc also help.
Whenever you feel nauseous, take a whole clove in the mouth and take in the juices as formed without chewing the clove. This will reduce nauseous sensation instantly and also bring a soothing aroma to calm down the body.
How to prevent nausea during or before period
There are many things that can be done in advance or regularly to control the nauseous feelings in the body during periods. This hormonal fight can be won by making simple changes and introducing healthy habits on a regular basis.
1. Avoid Pungent Flavour and Smell
Strong smells and foods are likely to disturb the inner lining of the respiratory tract and cause irritability and trigger nausea. So avoiding pungent flavours and perfumes will keep the body relaxed. Try these 3-5 days in advance of periods or when nauseous feeling is suspected.
2. Drink Fluids
Juices of fruits and vegetables, soft drinks, health drinks, water drink up anything that comes your way to keep nausea at bay. Fluids keep the body cool and prevent excessive changes that hormones bring about in the body and cleanse the system.
3. Eat Light Food
Foods that are heavy on the stomach are likely to trigger nausea and cause vomiting or discomfort. It may also cause diarrhoea temporarily increasing troubles for you. Light and healthy foods relax the body and maintain equilibrium. Most of the times, especially for elder women, the acids in the stomach behave abnormally that need to be kept under control to prevent nausea.
Massaging the body with natural oil keeps the hormones in control. It also relaxes the muscles and prevents cramps, back pains, leg pain and other discomforts of periods. Proper pressure points should be targeted during massages to prevent the side effects and aggravated pain.
Exercising is a single solution for all problems. One should exercise regularly to have a healthy life. There are several exercises that target proper areas in the body and help reduce the abnormal behaviour of the body during periods, before and after. These should be practiced regularly to have comfortable, regular and healthy periods.
Each body type is very different from the other and may require a few attempts before you can figure out what is helping you out. So try various methods (not everything at a time) to get rid of the nausea and incorporate healthy habits to encourage the body and remain fit even in the difficult days of the month. It surely would not be a cake walk, but you can always help in making the days comfortable.