Nausea in the morning causes grief and worry - or something like that. One thing is certain: if you wake up completely overtired and with stomach problems and a bad mood, the day is as good as it gets. If you then google your symptoms, you want to hide under the covers forever, because then you are at least 100 percent sure that you are pregnant (even if the last time sex was months ago) or will die. Fortunately, Dr. Google is not always right and the malaise can also have other, sometimes even harmless and easily treatable reasons.
Even if many pregnant women feel bad in the morning (or during the day), that does not mean that you are pregnant just because you are not feeling well when you wake up. But then why the hell do you feel so ... uh?
Wrong or missing food is the 1st cause of nausea.
For example, your stomach might feel weird in the morning because you have hypoglycaemia, says gastroenterologist Dr. Daniela Jodorkovsky. "It sounds counterintuitive, but a small snack can relieve the symptoms." Otherwise, if you always have breakfast right after getting up and something comes up at some point, such as a doctor's appointment, it can mess up your body. It may then help to have a bite to eat.
Another reason for your discomfort could be, according to Dr. Jodorkovsky heartburn - especially if you ate a lot the night before. A heavy, fatty meal in the late evening makes it difficult for your body to digest. "I advise patients who struggle with rising stomach acid in the middle of the night to put their head a little higher with pillows". And if you have heartburn more often, Dr. Jodorkovsky to wait at least two to three hours before lying down after eating. At best, avoid eating heavy and late in the evening.
Insufficient or poor sleep
But there are also cases of nausea that have nothing to do with the stomach. One possible explanation can be your sleep behavior. For example, if you have to get up earlier than usual or if you suffer from insomnia, your natural sleep-wake cycle will be disrupted. That can make you feel a little queasy, explains Dr. Jodorkovsky. Research has shown that the digestive system and the day-night rhythm influence each other. In other words, if you screw it up with one of the two, it will most likely have a negative effect on the other.
Sinus congestion, hangover, anxiety, or pregnancy
Postnasal drip syndrome (liquid secretion drips from the nose over the throat into the bronchi) or blocked sinuses, as well as fears and worries, can also hit you on the stomach. Or you just drank too much the night before. And maybe you even threw yourself an aspirin in the middle of the night as a preventive measure without eating anything first (not so clever). Then you don't need to be surprised at belly rumblings.
If none of the above-mentioned causes are possible for you and you still feel sick early on, a pregnancy test might be a good idea. After all, one of the most typical signs is nausea, according to Dr. Jodorkovsky.
Whether you've only had the problem for a short time or for so long that you've gotten used to it: In most cases, it's relatively easy to do something about it - provided you know what's behind it. First, try a healthy dose of sleep and try to train yourself to a balanced sleep rhythm.
Tip number 2: have a bite to eat when you feel bad. And last, but not least: If fears trigger your stomach problems, relaxation exercises, for example, can help. So, on days when you suspect you might have stomach problems, try meditating, going for a walk, or doing yoga.
So far, so doable. At the end of the day, however, we still have to give you a little warning: "If symptoms such as vomiting, weight loss, severe headaches or abdominal pain come along with nausea, you'd better go to your doctor," says Dr. Jodorkovsky. In the end, it is probably best to listen to your gut instinct and, if in doubt, go to the doctor too often rather than too rarely.