Complications – Nausea & Vomiting

“Morning sickness” is a common complaint of pregnancy. It usually begins around the sixth week of pregnancy and improves by 12 – 14 weeks. No longer is it something you just need to put up with. There are many tricks to dealing with this condition that can alleviate the symptoms so you can enjoy this part of your pregnancy.

     FIRST: Eat small meals & snacks frequently.
Keep a tolerable, bland food by your bedside, such as crackers, and eat a few when you first get up in the morning, even before you get out of bed. Then get up slowly and eat a few more crackers while you sit on the side of your bed. After showering, etc, you may have a small bland breakfast. Food tastes different at this stage of your pregnancy, so just eat what is palatable to you & don’t worry about much variety in your diet. You will need to keep food with you at all times, such as crackers or granola bars. Eat a few bites every hour during the day. Try to avoid drinking from straws, ice, and really hot/cold foods all of which tend to exacerbate nausea.

     SECOND: Medications.
          1.  Take vitamin B6 50 mg and ½ Unisom together at bedtime. You can obtain these
                over-the-counter at any drugstore. They may also be taken before meals, if you find you
                need extra help; but remember, that Unisom is a sleep aid and may make you sleepy.
          2.  Ginger supplements have been reported to help with nausea of pregnancy.
          3.  Wearing “sea bands” – You can find these at the drugstore. They are wrist bands marketed
                for motion sickness.
          4.  Prescription anti-nausea medication may be obtained from your doctor, if the above
                methods fail.

If severe nausea & vomiting continues despite these methods, you must let your doctor know. You may require hydration with IV fluids or home health care or possibly hospitalization.