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 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.
- examples: crackers, toast, and baked potatoes
- Eat small, frequent meals. Try not to let your stomach get too full or too empty. If it has been more than 2 hours since you’ve eaten anything, try to eat even if you feel queasy.
- Drink only between meals. Wait a ½ hour after eating to drink something.
- Have a high-protein snack at bedtime.
- examples: hard-boiled egg, peanut butter, or ½ a turkey sandwich or cheese with a slice of bread
- Keep crackers or a snack at the bedside. Before you move in the morning, nibble in bed and get up very slowly.
- Try sipping teas such as peppermint, spearmint, ginger, fennel, anise, or raspberry leaf.
- Try ginger root capsules – up to 250 mg every 6 hours. Do no exceed this amount.
- Try vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 25 mg with 1 Unisom (doxylamine) sleep tablet 25 mg up to three times daily.
- Walgreens and Shopko are able to order a 50 mg B6 tablet which can be cut in half. No prescription is needed.
If you are not able to keep fluids down for 24 hours, call us at 920.729.7105 and speak with your provider's nurse.