Nausea, with or without vomiting, is known as morning sickness but frequently can occur anytime of the day. About 50% of all pregnant women suffer from morning sickness. This can range from an occasional bout of nausea to vomiting so severe that hospitalization is required.
The cause of morning sickness is not well understood, though ideas include changes in hormones and slowing of the digestive tract. Several recommendations have been made to help expectant mothers with morning sickness:
- Avoid hard-to-digest foods such as fatty foods (particularly fatty meats), fried foods and rich pastries.
- Avoid spicy foods, strong flavors, and foods with strong aromas.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Avoid cigarettes and cigarette smoke.
- Get fresh air.
- Try walking everyday.
- Eat foods that are high in carbohydrates such as crackers, toast, and baked potatoes.
- Eat small, frequent meals. A mother-to-be should not let her stomach get too full or too empty. If it has been more than 2 hours since she has eaten anything, then she should eat even if she feels queasy.
- Drink only between meals. Wait a ½ hour after eating to drink something.
- Have a high-protein snack at bedtime like a hard-boiled egg, peanut butter, or ½ a turkey sandwich or cheese with a slice of bread.
- Eat before getting out of bed in the morning. Keep a high carbohydrate snack on the bedside table. A pregnant woman should nibble in bed and wait to get up until her feeling of nausea subsides.
- Try sipping teas such as peppermint, spearmint, ginger, fennel, anise, or raspberry leaf.
- Try ginger root capsules – up to 25 capsules a day has been helpful for some women.
- Try vitamin B6 50 mg with ½ Unisom tablet twice a day in the morning and at night.
**IF YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO KEEP ANYTHING DOWN FOR 24 HOURS, NOTIFY YOUR PROVIDER!