Morning sickness is very common, especially in early pregnancy. Morning sickness is caused by an increase in pregnancy hormones, which are at their highest during the first trimester. In most cases, symptoms subside by around 14 weeks, though you may have some nausea that continues into the second trimester.
To help you get through the rough times, I have a few recommendations:
- Eat regularly. Having a small snack like crackers or a piece of fruit every two hours often keeps nausea at bay. Plain foods such as fruit, breads or crackers are the gentlest on your tummy.
- Stay away from fatty foods, greasy foods and soda.
- Drink water. Even if you are not able to get the recommended one gallon of water daily, try sipping as much water as you can throughout the day. Drinking small amounts is best since drinking too much at once can actually cause vomiting.
- Take your prenatal vitamin when you can. If taking your prenatal vitamin makes you feel nauseated, it’s ok to skip it. Taking it most days of the week is best but if you have to wait until your morning sickness subsides, it’s ok.
If your morning sickness is so strong that you cannot keep anything down, if it is affecting your life to the point that you are missing a lot of work or if you have lost five pounds or more, talk to your doctor about medication options.
There is an FDA-approved medication that has been proven to be safe in pregnancy. The medication is essentially a B6 vitamin with a gentle sleep aid. If you become too weak or too dehydrated, you may strongly consider taking something and should talk with your doctor.
Tamsen Carson, PA
Tamsen Carson is an OB/GYN physician assistant with Renown Health. She provides essential prenatal, pregnancy and post-pregnancy care to women, including delivering babies. Tamsen completed her OB/GYN Physician Assistant residency at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, CA and has been a part of the Renown Health team for more than five years.