Morning Sickness and Nausea in Pregnancy

Nausea in Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting many times occurs during the early months of pregnancy. For the majority of women it resolves in the start of the second trimester, 12-13 weeks, but for some women it lasts longer into the pregnancy. Although this is often referred to as “morning sickness”, it can happen any time of the day or night. Pregnancy nausea is thought to be caused by the increased hormone levels, estrogen and progesterone, that are produced by the ovaries early in pregnancy. Because of increasing levels of these hormones the secretory cells in the stomach increase their production of gastric juices, but at the same time the bowels slow down their ability to empty the contents of the stomach. This can cause the feeling of nausea and in some cases, vomiting.

TIPS AND TRICKS TO HELP PREGNANCY NAUSEA:
– Keep some saltine or graham crackers at your bedside and eat them before you get out of bed in the morning.
– Get out of bed slowly in the morning.
– Slow position changes, from sitting to standing, etc.
– Sip carbonated soda, caffeine free (sprite, 7 up)
– Increase fluid intake, try lemon slices in water, lemonade, and/or lemonhead candy.
– Peppermint Lifesavers or peppermint gum.
– Avoid greasy/fried or spicy foods.
– Avoid smells that bother you.
– Eat small frequent meals or snack, every 2-3 hours.
– Increase protein intake (eggs, cheese, nuts, meats, etc)
– Rest when able.
– Get some fresh air.
– Sea Bands.
– Ginger Tea or Ginger ale.
– Ginger tablets 250-500mg 2 or 3 times/day.
– Vitamin B6 10-25 mg, 3 or 4 times/day. (up to 200 mg/day)
– Unisom (Doxylamine) 12.5 mg 2 times/day or 25 mg before bed.
– Preggie Pops

If you aren’t able to keep liquids down, are dehydrated or vomiting persists despite these tips and tricks you should contact your physician.

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