In the early months of pregnancy, you may experience some nausea and vomiting, which can occur any time during the day or night. This is believed to be caused by hormonal changes that slow the digestive system. In severe cases this can be a serious medical problem if not controlled. The following are some suggestions to help relieve nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. These are general guidelines. Not everyone will be able to tolerate the same foods, so let your body dictate what you eat. It is important to eat foods that you can tolerate. There is no point in eating foods that you think you “should”, if they make you ill.
To Prevent morning sickness, try these suggestions
- Have a “pre-breakfast” snack. Keep bread or crackers at your bedside and eat some before getting up.
- Get out of bed slowly. Give yourself a little extra time in the morning, as rushing and sudden movements may increase nausea.
- Eat several small meals throughout the day instead of 3 large ones. Nausea and vomiting can be worsened by having an empty stomach so avoid getting very hungry.
- Sip fluids between meals rather than with meals.
- Eat high protein foods such as eggs, cheese, nuts, lean meats, etc to help prevent drops in your blood sugar.
- Avoid caffeine in coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate
- Avoid greasy, fried, highly seasoned foods and foods topped with butter, margarine, sour cream, or gravy.
- Avoid foods with strong odors.
To Remedy morning sickness, try these suggestions
- Sip soda water (carbonated water) or ginger ale when you begin to feel nauseated.
If possible, have someone else do the cooking.
- Get fresh air—take a walk, sleep with an open window…use an exhaust fan if you have to cook.
- Take deep breaths
- Take your prenatal vitamin in the evening after dinner or at bedtime.
- Drink mint tea
If your nausea and vomiting is severe or prolonged, or you think you are becoming dehydrated, contact your healthcare provider.
If you are unable to keep down any food or drink for more than 24 hours, call the office.
Do not take any medication unless prescribed by your healthcare provider.
Suggested foods to try
Once you can tolerate the above foods for at least 24 hours, try adding these foods one at a time.