I have recently been struggling with extreme nausea throughout my cycle. I never suffered from morning sickness during my two pregnancies so what the hell is going on here??
I did some research and found out that nausea most often occurs during the peri-menopause, and the symptom is usually at its worst in the morning. It can be accompanied by other PMS-like symptoms.
Although the exact link between the peri-menopause and nausea is not yet fully understood, it is thought that a change in hormone levels causes the symptom. Similar to pregnancy causing morning sickness, the peri-menopause is a time of your life when your hormones are radically fluctuating, in particular, the hormones oestrogen and progesterone.
It is thought that reduced levels of the hormone progesterone cause gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, indigestion and heartburn, all of which may also lead to nausea.
Additionally, nausea may be caused or worsened by stress or fatigue. Both of these conditions are commonly associated with the peri-menopause. If you are feeling overworked, then looking for ways of improving this may help to lift your feeling of nausea.
What home remedies are there for nausea?
Looking after your digestive system is often the first way to avoid or improve your symptoms of nausea. It is important not to eat too much, but a little may help to settle your stomach. Making sure that your blood sugar is balanced is important, as low blood sugar may contribute to your symptoms.
Try to get some fresh air and breathe deeply, as this will create a rhythmic pattern in the stomach. Unless your nausea is unbearable, then keeping yourself occupied and your mind off the nausea will often help you get through the day.
It’s also important to consider what you drink. Try to avoid tea, coffee, sugary and fizzy drinks.
Are there herbal remedies to help me?
Most commonly, nausea comes at the early part of the peri-menopause when a woman is still menstruating (more or less) regularly, and accompanied by PMS-like symptoms, such as period pains or bloating. If this is the case, try Agnus castus in the first instance. It is derived from the Chaste Tree Berry and truly a great balancer for PMS!
If you want to find out more how adjustments in your diet and lifestyle can help combat PMS and especially nausea, please get in touch!