sickness refers to nausea that occurs during pregnancy. The
name is a misnomer, however, because morning sickness can
strike at any time.
sickness, which affects an estimated 50 to 90 percent of
pregnant women, is most common during the first trimester. For
some women, morning sickness lingers throughout the pregnancy.
condition is distressful and uncomfortable, but generally
harmless. Medical treatment isnt usually necessary, and
various home remedies often can help relieve the nausea.
relieve morning sickness:
Choose foods carefully. Select foods that are high in
carbohydrates or protein, low in fat, and easy to digest.
Salty foods are sometimes helpful, as are foods that contain
ginger, such as ginger lollipops. Avoid greasy, spicy and
Snack often. Before getting out of bed in the morning, eat a
few soda crackers or a piece of dry toast. Nibble throughout
the day rather than eating three larger meals. An empty
stomach may make nausea worse.
Drink plenty of fluids. Sip water or ginger ale. It also may
help to suck on hard candy, ice chips or ice pops.
attention to nausea triggers. Avoid foods or smells that seem
to make your nausea worse.
Breathe fresh air. Weather permitting, open the windows in
your home or workplace. Take a daily walk outdoors.
care with prenatal vitamins. If you feel queasy after taking
prenatal vitamins, take the vitamins at night or with a snack.
It may also help to chew gum or suck on hard candy after
taking your prenatal vitamin. If these steps dont help, ask
your pregnancy care provider about other ways you can get the
iron and vitamins you need during pregnancy.
ginger. A few studies suggest that ginger may help ease nausea
from pregnancy. Ginger supplements generally are considered
safe when taken in small amounts for a short time. However, it
takes a few day for the ginger to work. Before taking the
supplement, it may be best to talk with your doctor.
your doctor if, during periods of morning sickness:
Nausea or vomiting is severe.
pass only a small amount of urine, or its dark in color.
cant keep down liquids.
feel dizzy or faint when you stand up.