Coping with nausea and morning sickness

For some women, nausea and vomiting are among the first signs of a possible pregnancy. There’s that queasy feeling, which might ebb and flow, or it might just be a constant, unsettling feeling that you can’t shake.

Image from

Image from

Image from

Image from

Roughly 70% of women report feeling morning sickness in their pregnancy, which tends to begin around six weeks with the influx of pregnancy hormones and ends around 12 weeks. However, to be fair, some women experience morning sickness throughout their entire pregnancies, and for many “morning sickness” isn’t an accurate description as the nausea and vomiting can occur at any time.

But excessive vomiting and being unable to keep anything down warrants a trip to your doctor. You may have hyperemesis gravidarum, which can create dehydration, weight loss, electrolyte imbalance, and that may need IV fluids, antacids or dietary changes to manage. Speak with your OB if you’re experiencing excessive vomiting and are concerned how it’s effecting both you and baby.

So what can you do to find some relief from that nausea and morning sickness?

  • Snacks on snacks on snacks. It might be easier on your sensitive stomach to opt for snacks or small meals throughout the day versus large meals.

  • It might be helpful to keep some on your nightstand so you can have a few crackers in the morning to help settle your stomach. While eating too much can irritate your stomach, having an empty stomach can trigger a similar response of nausea.

  • Avoid spicy or fatty foods that might upset your stomach further.

  • Opt for bland and/or salty foods.

  • Some women swear by ginger in the form of ale, tea or candies.

  • Avoid being in places that are overly warm, as that will increase your feeling of nausea.

  • Eat whatever you can whenever you can. Now’s not the time to force-feed yourself something because you feel you “should” eat it. You are growing a human, and you can’t force your body to do anything it doesn’t want to. If your stomach protests eating meat, then opt for more vegetarian dishes. If your stomach can only tolerate easy-to-digest carbs, then enjoy that toast and those crackers.

  • Find out the smells that trigger your nausea, and avoid like the plague!

  • REST! Your body needs plenty of rest and sleep.

  • Keep track of whether your nausea is triggered by taking your prenatal vitamins, which does occur. In that case, take your prenatal vitamins right before bed or take them with a snack.

  • Speak with your doctor! Some may recommend….

    • Preggie Pops: naturally flavored lollipops meant to ease nausea; flavors include lavender, mint, ginger, sour raspberry, sour lemon

    • Sea-Bands: wristbands that use acupressure pulse points to fight off nausea

    • Vitamin B6

    • Unisom

    • Prescription anti-nausea medications