Coping with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
“Morning sickness” can occur at any time of the day.
It usually starts at about the sixth week of pregnancy and settles by about the fourteenth week. Some women will not be affected by morning sickness, but in others it can be severe enough to require hospitalisation.
Fortunately, your baby is not likely to suffer because you are unwell, unless your symptoms are severe and prolonged. If however you were not eating well before pregnancy, have lost a lot of weight quickly, are dehydrated or worried, check with your doctor or ring the hospital for advice
Drink small amounts often.
- Sometimes other fluids are managed better than water.
- Try flat lemonade, Lucozade, diluted fruit juice, cordial, weak tea, suck on ice or icy poles if other fluids cannot be managed.
Some people find ginger helps relieve nausea. Try dry ginger ale or ginger tea. To make ginger tea, soak three or four slices of ginger in boiling water for five minutes. Sip slowly. Ginger tablets are also available from your local pharmacy.
- Eat small amounts of food more often, rather than large meals.
- Snack in between mealtimes, e.g. biscuits, fruit, toast
- Early morning nausea may be helped by eating a dry or plain sweet biscuit before getting out of bed or by snacking during the night if you wake up.
- Salty foods may help such as biscuits
- Make the most of your best time of the day – eat well when you feel best or whenever you feel hungry during the day.