What can I do for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?

What can I do for nausea and vomiting during pregnancy?

As nausea and vomiting can be very common during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, Women’s OB-GYN suggests following these guidelines to help relieve nausea and vomiting:

  • Avoid foods that are greasy, fried, very sweet, spicy, or odorous.  These foods are commonly intolerable during pregnancy.
  • Eat what stays down.  Although it may not be incredibly healthy, it is better to eat that, than nothing.
  • Try to eat six small meals each day.  You should also eat small snacks between meals.
  • Drink fluids between meals, rather than with meals.
  • Eat foods that are at room temperature or cooler, as hot foods may trigger nausea.
  • Avoid eating in a room that is stuffy, too warm, or that has pungent cooking odors.
  • Drink chilled or cold beverages.  Decaffeinated soda is often well tolerated, but avoid diet soda, as consuming more calories is important during pregnancy.
  • Eat slowly and rest after meals. It is best to rest sitting in an upright position for about one hour after eating.
  • Eat dry toast, soda crackers, or dry pre-sweetened cereals when nauseous.
  • Keep track of when you feel nausea and what causes it.
  • Do not eat or drink anything if continued vomiting occurs.  After vomiting has stopped, and you feel better, try drinking small amounts of clear liquids, such as broth, Jell-O, apple juice, grape juice, cranberry juice, or popsicles.
  • Eat tart or salty foods, such as lemons or pickles, to help decrease nausea.
  • Avoid mixing hot and cold foods at a meal, as it may stimulate nausea.
  • Wear loose fitting clothing.
  • Ask your doctor about medicine to control nausea.
  • Call your doctor if you experience the following symptoms:
    • Inability to keep anything down for more than two days
    • Fainting
    • Vomiting blood
    • Rib pain
    • Jaundice (skin is greenish or yellow)
    • Weight loss of more than five pounds in one week

 

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