If your period is late and you’re feeling nauseous, you’re probably quick to think you’re pregnant. But if you haven’t had sex recently or you’ve taken a pregnancy test and it’s come back negative then why the nausea? Isn’t that a classic pregnancy symptom? Yep, but it’s also a classic symptom of PMS because before your body begins it’s menstrual cycle it releases prostaglandins. Prostaglandins, in really simple terms are chemicals that start reacting all over your body and they make you feel as weird as pregnancy hormones can. It’s natural, it’s normal but it’s really annoying and one of the nasty feelings that the release of prostaglandins can give you is nausea which can lead to vomiting (though just because you’re nauseous before your period doesn’t mean you’ll throw up).
You probably feel some level of nausea leading up to your period most cycles anyway, but if you’re late you’re definitely going to notice it more because now you’re paying more attention to your body and wondering when you’re going to finally start your freaking cycle and the nausea is just adding to the drama.
Personally, the later my period is, the worse my premenstrual symptoms get including sensitivity to smell, body aches, fatigue and yes, nausea. I don’t have an explanation for this since I’m not a doctor, but I bet it’s not too uncommon for other women as well.
The way I combat this nasty symptom is to just take it easy on myself. I take more breaks throughout the day, make sure I’m eating well (and enough) so I don’t add more nausea to the mix, and try to get to bed a little earlier (though that’s hard with two kids sometimes).
*Deep sigh* Sometimes being a woman is just hard. Especially the week before our period.