Pregnancy, what a beautiful time in a woman’s life. You are glowing, you’re up beat, you are eating healthier than ever, and you are rocking those maternity jeans and sundresses. People just can’t stop telling you how cute you are pregnant. Right?? Or maybe not so much… If you can’t relate then you are probably not glowing from inner joy but perspiring because you are having hot flashes & you are nauseated, you have acne for the first time in a decade, your ankles have disappeared, and worst of all you can’t keep anything down! Yep, pregnancy treats us each differently. And some of us are not so lucky as others.
There are literally chapters in textbooks on “common discomforts of pregnancy”. Today let’s talk about the notorious morning sickness. Nausea and vomiting with pregnancy is common, affecting over 50% of pregnancies. This is not confined to the morning hours as the name suggests, but can occur anytime during the day and usually (fingers crossed) resolves by the end of the 13th week of pregnancy.
If you are suffering from nausea and vomiting here are some helpful tips.
- Eat small frequent meals throughout the day. Keep crackers by your bed so you can have some first thing after waking up
- BRAT diet (bananas, race, applesauce, toast). Lay off the greasy, fatty foods
- Take your prenatal vitamins before bed instead of in the morning. You may need to stop the vitamins for a few days, the iron in the
- Try peppermint tea, ginger tea, ginger ale, or ginger snaps. Ginger and peppermint are natural herbs that can help with nausea.
- Acupressure and acupuncture have been used for centuries to alleviate symptoms. Sea-bands are bracelets that work by pressing on certain pressure points.
- Aromatherapy (my favorite) can be very helpful! Try essential oils such as peppermint, wintergreen, & lemon. You can use a diffusor or just a few drops on a cotton ball to inhale.
- Avoid trigger smells (i.e. food trucks, seafood)
- Unisom and vitamin vitamin B6 (over the counter)
- Diclegis (this is just expensive Unisom & B6, same ingredients)
- Reglan (prescription)
- Promethazine (prescription)
- Zofran (prescription)
Also remember to drink lots and lots of water! It is important for your growing baby to stay hydrated. Be sure to continuously sip on water throughout the day. You will need to call your doctor in the case of blood in vomit, inability to keep liquids down, dizziness or fainting with these episodes. Be hopeful that this will resolve after your first trimester (60% do) and if not by then 87% of women will be over this by their 20th week of pregnancy. Just know that you are doing awesome! And soon it will be over and you will have a beautiful baby to love on.
From your friendly neighborhood nurse.