How is morning sickness relieved?

Dr. Heather Hilkowitz explains how pregnant women can treat morning sickness. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

How is morning sickness relieved?

The good thing is there a lot of simple measures we can put in place to make this time a lot more comfortable for them. For instance, if they get morning sickness truly in the morning when they first get up, we tell patients to keep something right at your bedside so before you even sit up in the morning eat a couple of small crackers, take a few sips of water. Even something that simple can really help steady the sensation of the morning sickness and the hormones and make the morning go much smoother. Other measures are avoiding drinks that have really strong tastes or extremes of temperature. Keeping the sensory input . . .what you’re putting in your body...a little bit on the blander side can really help keep things steady and level as well.

 

There is no way to cure or avoid morning sickness, but there are nutritional and environmental changes you can employ to make yourself more comfortable, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon (ACOG):

  • Avoid smells that bother you.
  • Drink fluids often.
  • Eat bland foods; the “BRATT” diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, toast, and tea) is low in fat and easy to digest.
  • Eat small meals throughout the day instead of three large meals.
  • Eating dry toast or crackers in the morning before you get out of bed.
  • Take a multivitamin.
  • Try foods and beverages made with real ginger: ginger ale; ginger tea; ginger capsules; and ginger candies.

Mild to moderate nausea is normal, but if vomiting becomes frequent, you should see your doctor, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health [Add off-site icon with alt tag: You are leaving the Premier Health website, link to http://womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/body-changes-discomforts.html#j in a new window] (HHS). If you are getting sick several times a day, or if you experience flu-like symptoms, it could be a sign of something serious, according to HHS.

Ask your doctor about treatments for morning sickness.

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