Morning Sickness & Pregnancy

Morning Sickness & Pregnancy

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    Eating small meals may help with “morning sickness,” which is often worse when your stomach is empty. Morning sickness is not limited to mornings, and nausea can occur day or night, often accompanied by vomiting.

    If you have morning sickness, there are some dietary steps you can take to feel better. It can help to keep some starch, such as Melba toast, rice or popcorn cakes, or saltines or other low-fat crackers, close at hand to eat if you become nauseated. Some women find it helpful to eat a small snack at bedtime or before they get up in the morning to prevent morning sickness.

    Help with Nausea

    • Eat dry crackers or toast before rising.
    • Eat small meals every 2 1/2–3 hours.
    • Avoid caffeine.
    • Avoid fatty and high-sodium foods.
    • Drink fluids between meals, not with meals.
    • Take prenatal vitamins after dinner or at bedtime.
    • Always carry food with you.
    • Talk with your health care team. They may have helpful suggestions. Also tell them about any herbs or supplements you may be using. These may make nausea worse.
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    A , Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
    Keep these in your purse, desk, and car so they’re handy whenever you need them:
    • Sea bands or BioBands. The same wrist bands you can use for motion sickness also seem to work wonders during pregnancy for many women. You can even wear them at night. They work by putting gentle pressure on the P-6 acupressure point on the wrist.
    • Mouthwash. Let’s face it: It helps get rid of that awful post-puke taste.
    • Bottle of water.
    • Mints.
    • Sugar-free gum.
    • A sachet filled with pleasant smelling herbs like rosemary, lavender, or mint. Take a whiff when you need relief. You can also just spray facial tissues with herbal sprays and keep them in your purse. Herban Essentials products are also good; in particular, their lavender-infused Yoga Towelette is great for freshening hands and masking unpleasant smells. They’re especially handy for quelling queasies on subways, trains, and buses, where funky air often lurks.
    • Ziplock baggies. When there’s no place else to turn, these are a lifesaver.
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    Paula Greer - What are ways to reduce nausea during pregnancy?

    Taking your prenatal vitamins before bedtime instead of in the morning is one way you can combat the nausea that's common during early pregnancy. For more tips on dealing with nausea, watch this video featuring nurse midwife Paula Greer.

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    Though it will often hit you at the start of the day, morning sickness can strike any time it well pleases -- even in the middle of your big sales presentation. It usually pops up around week six, and nearly all women experience it. Some researchers believe the nausea and vomiting that go along with pregnancy evolved as a protective mechanism. It makes sense that your body would guard itself and your growing baby against environmental toxins and microorganisms.

    Whatever the case, the nausea and sickness that arise during the first trimester are largely thought to be caused by a surge in pregnancy hormones. Several are on the rise during this time, including human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), cholecystokinin, estrogen, and progesterone.
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    The most infamous symptom of early pregnancy is morning sickness, which -- as you may have discovered -- can occur at any time of day. Many women experience no nausea at all, while others suffer from frequent vomiting. To better cope with nausea, you may want to:
    • Eat dry crackers in the morning before rising.
    • Eat several small meals during the day, instead of three large ones.
    • Avoid rich, spicy, fatty and fried foods.
    • Take daily walks in fresh air.
    • Avoid offensive odors.
    • Talk to your doctor about waiting a few weeks to take prenatal vitamins.
    • If vomiting is severe, call your doctor.
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    You may have heard that acupuncture and acupressure -- which involve the use of either needles or finger pressure at specific points along the body -- can alleviate your nauseous belly. But do they really work?

    A review study done by the Center for Complementary and Alternative Health Medicine in Women’s Health at Columbia University found that acupressure, ginger, and vitamin B6 were the only alternative methods that had a positive effect on nausea and vomiting. Another review study found mixed results for acupuncture. Vitamin B6 has been shown to help with the symptoms of nausea. However, most doctors don’t recommend taking more B6 than what’s already in your prenatal vitamin.
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    Heat and humidity can heighten nausea. If you’re pregnant in the summer, try this refreshing trick: Use popsicle molds (or even ice cube trays) to freeze ginger ale, lemonade, and limeade into icy pops. They’re the perfect thing to ease the queasies on a sweltering day, and they’re a nice refreshment when you come home from work.

    Sometimes when you’re nauseous and sick, it’s a chore to choke down water. But it’s important to stay hydrated. Once you’re dehydrated, try something like Pedialyte Gastrolyte, or diluted fruit juices to rehydrate. These days, you can also get water with added electrolytes, such as SmartWater, which help you hydrate faster. Eating foods rich in potassium -- bananas, sweet potatoes, white potatoes, and apricots -- will also help you rehydrate.
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    A OBGYN (Obstetrics & Gynecology), answered on behalf of
    Morning sickness usually kicks in around week 6 or 7 during the first trimester. It can occur anytime, anywhere, from once or twice a day to 7 to 10 times a day. And it doesn’t necessarily happen in the morning. There’s a wide range of how intense and how often it can occur. Women pregnant with twins may experience morning sickness more than people with singleton pregnancies.
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    Drugs commonly used to treat nausea during pregnancy include the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) category B drugs metoclopramide (Reglan), ondansetron (Zofran), and the FDA category C drug promethazine (Phenergan). A recent survey found that the nausea medications most commonly prescribed by obstetricians are ondansetron and promethazine. These are available as pills, liquids, dissolvable tablets, and rectal suppository forms.
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    In the first trimester hormone changes can cause nausea and vomiting. This is called "morning sickness," although it can occur at any time of day. Morning sickness usually tapers off by the second trimester.

    Eat 6 to 8 small meals instead of 3 large meals to keep your stomach from being empty Don't lie down after meals Eat dry toast, saltines, or dry cereals before getting out of bed in the morning. Eat bland foods that are low in fat and easy to digest, such as cereal, rice, and bananas Sip on water, weak tea, or clear soft drinks. Or eat ice chips Avoid smells that upset your stomach

    Call a doctor if

    You have flu-like symptoms, which may signal a more serious condition. You have severe, constant nausea and/or vomiting several times every day.

    This information is based on source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.