Coping with Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting are two common complaints of early pregnancy. The exact cause is unknown, but many factors add to this problem. Increased hormones affect areas in the brain that deal with nausea and vomiting. Other factors may be low blood sugar and the effect of pregnancy hormones on stomach emptying. While it is a hard part of early pregnancy, it is a sign that your body is going through some normal changes.
- Eat small amounts of food every 2-3 hours.
- Eat low fat, high protein foods and carbohydrates that are easy to digest. This will help avoid low blood sugar.
- Drink liquids between meals rather than with meals.
- Avoid milk or use it in small amounts.
- Eat lightly seasoned foods; salt to taste.
- Sit upright after meals to lessen gastric reflux.
- Have a snack before going to bed.
- Before getting out of bed in the morning, eat a piece of bread, a few crackers, some cheese, or nuts.
- Get out of bed slowly and avoid sudden movements.
- Avoid brushing teeth right after eating.
- Slowly sip a carbonated drink or water when feeling nauseous.
- When cooking, open windows or use the exhaust fan to get rid of odors.
- Drink herbal teas – ginger root, camomile, peppermint, or raspberry leaf.
- Take ginger capsules 4 times a day.
- Take one capsule of Premesis daily (75 mg of B6, 1 mg of folic acid, 12 mcgs of B12, 200 mg of calcium carbonate).
- Take prenatal vitamins at dinner time or not at all for a short time if they add to your nausea. Check with your doctor or midwife before stopping them.
- Take papaya enzyme, a natural aid, to help digest food.
- Sea bands can be helpful. These are worn on the wrist and apply pressure on a point on the under side of the wrist.
- Try a BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast).
Homeopathic remedies and herbs can be very helpful. They can be bought in many places in Madison. Three sources are:
- Green Earth Pharmacy, 6771 University Ave.
- Community Pharmacy 341 State Street
- Quintessence, 334 W Lakeside Street
Many of the pharmacists at these places are experts in using herbs and homeopathic remedies and can give you advice tailored to your needs.
When to Call
If your nausea persists and you vomit often, please call your midwife or doctor. Dehydration, weight loss, and poor nutrition may occur. There are prescription medicines which can relieve symptoms.
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Last Updated: 05/15/2013
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