• Could Your Nausea Be a Sign of Pregnancy?

    If you’re actively trying to become pregnant, you’re probably monitoring yourself very carefully for the early signs of pregnancy. Nausea, often called morning sickness during pregnancy, is one of the most recognizable and common signs of pregnancy. If you think you could be pregnant, you can go to an urgent care center that has an onsite lab. A urine test can confirm your status, and the doctor can review your medications to ensure they are safe for use during pregnancy.

    The Onset of Pregnancy Symptoms

    Every woman is a little different. Some feel different within a couple of weeks of conception, while others are a few months into gestation before they experience any of the classic pregnancy symptoms. In most cases, nausea will first develop between two and eight weeks after conceiving. Throughout a woman’s pregnancy, some symptoms may resolve and new symptoms can develop because of the various changes the body goes through. For instance, nausea often resolves after the first trimester, although some women experience it for nine months.

    Types of Pregnancy Symptoms

    Because nausea during pregnancy is often referred to as morning sickness, women might not always recognize it as being indicative of pregnancy if it occurs at other times. But actually, morning sickness can occur any time of the day. In addition to nausea and missed periods, pregnancy often results in these symptoms:

    • Fatigue

    • Swollen or tender breasts

    • Headaches

    • Backaches

    • Frequent urination

    • Mood swings

    • Food cravings

    • Food aversions

    Management of Nausea During Pregnancy

    Nausea during pregnancy won’t necessarily result in vomiting. But if you do find it difficult to keep fluids down, you may need urgent care to prevent or treat dehydration. Avoid taking any medications during pregnancy unless they have been approved by your doctor. The following tips may help you manage nausea.

    • Eat smaller, but more frequent meals

    • Choose bland foods that lack odors

    • Eat a couple of soda crackers when nausea occurs

    • Get some fresh air

    Paramount Urgent Care offers onsite labs, including pregnancy testing. Visit one of our walk-in clinics around the Orlando area to speak with a healthcare provider about your symptoms.

    Serving all of Orlando, Lake, Polk, Sumter, Osceola, and Seminole Counties. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com or call (352)-674-9218

  • Surprising Causes of Nausea and Vomiting

    That feeling of queasiness in your stomach is never a welcome surprise, but it doesn’t always mean that you’re getting sick. Beyond food poisoning and stomach flu, there are plenty of other causes of nausea and vomiting. Visit an urgent care center if your vomiting persists and you can’t keep fluids down, since this can easily lead to dehydration. However, if you have nausea and vomiting that appears to be unexplainable, a physical exam may be in order.

    Emotional Stress

    People with anxiety disorders, especially those who suffer from panic attacks, understand all too well that emotional stress causes physical symptoms. One of those symptoms can be nausea, which may occur with or without vomiting. Anxiety triggers the release of hormones, including adrenaline, which interferes with the normal functioning of the digestive system. Stress can also lead to muscle tension, which may affect the abdominal area.

    Acid Reflux

    People with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) routinely experience acid reflux, especially if they aren’t receiving treatment for it. The stomach and esophagus are separated by the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). Normally, this muscular tissue closes after you consume food or beverages. If the LES fails to work as it should, the stomach acid can re-enter the esophagus and travel upward. Some people experience this as nausea, and they may begin vomiting.

    Vertigo

    Have you ever felt as if the room is spinning around you while you remain perfectly still? This unnerving sensation is called vertigo. It can be caused by inflammation in the inner ear. Some people experience repeated episodes of vertigo after suffering from head trauma. When an episode begins, it can feel as if you’re suddenly tilting or falling forward, even though you aren’t moving at all. These odd sensations can result in nausea and sometimes vomiting. It’s advisable to see a doctor to figure out what’s causing your vertigo. In the meantime, when an episode begins, you may find it helpful to:

    • Keep your head level and stare straight ahead.
    • Grab on to something, even though you aren’t moving.
    • Sit straight down on the floor if you think you might lose your balance and fall.

    Prompt and courteous medical care near Orlando is available at Paramount Urgent Care. At our walk-in clinics, it’s our mission to help you feel well again quickly so you can get back to doing the things you love. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.