Dear Aunty Lisa,

I am 3 months pregnant and I’m expecting my first child.

I am having slight pains on my belly once in a while, plus I throw up Gala every time I vomit. I told the doctor about this yellow thingy I always vomit but he said it’s normal. Is it?

Hello my dear,

Congrats, you are expecting your first born child. You will soon see how sweet it is to be a mother.

However, carrying a baby puts a lot of pressure on your muscles, joints and veins. This can make you feel uncomfortable around your stomach area.

If you feel cramps in your abdomen (the area around your stomach), don’t panic right away. Sometimes cramping is nothing more than a gentle reminder to take it easy, and at other times it might be a sign of digestive problems. Occasionally, however, cramping can be an emergency signal that says you need medical attention.

As your uterus expands during your pregnancy, you may experience “growing pains” around the middle. Many women start feeling it around week 14 of pregnancy, but it can strike at any time from the second trimester on.

The muscles and ligaments that support your uterus are being pulled and stretched in all directions during pregnancy. This can cause occasional cramping. The pain might be mild or sharp. It might be particularly noticeable when you make a quick move, get up out of a chair, cough, or sneeze. This is nothing to worry about. Some women get cramps when they exercise and put additional stress on muscles and ligaments that are already strained. If you feel cramps while exercising, listen to your body. Stop and rest. This is not the time to work through pain.

Abdominal pain could be a sign of something that’s not related to pregnancy. Appendicitis, an ovarian cyst, kidney stones, a urinary tract infection (UTI), or gall bladder problem can cause abdominal pain.

Your pregnancy may even have triggered a problem. Fibroids in your uterus that didn’t bother you before you conceived may feel uncomfortable now that you’re pregnant.

Take note of what you’re feeling and tell your gynaecologist or GP about it. They can work out whether there is more to your discomfort than pregnancy aches and pains.

About vomiting “yellow thingy”, you are actually throwing up is stomach acid / bile. Its usually yellow in colour, and very bitter tasting leaving a horrible taste in your mouth. If you had food in your stomach that would come up instead, bile only comes up if your stomach is empty. Its produced by the liver and is what processes and breaks down the food in our stomachs.

It is normal, when you still feel the need to throw up, and there’s nothing left in your stomach, but it’s not very good for you. If it continues, and you can’t keep any liquid down, you should definitely call your doctor and consider going to the ER for fluids.

You will notice that you usually vomit the yellow stuff in the morning, because your stomach will be empty and has nothing to throw out other than stomach acid that helps digest consumed food. You should be worried if you continue vomiting throughout the day, otherwise once in the morning or twice a day is quite normal to many pregnant women.

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