Morning sickness is most common in the first trimester, though some patients experience sickness throughout the entire pregnancy. Morning sickness is characterized by these traits:

  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Vomiting

Vomiting is often induced by certain foods and/or smells. It can occur anywhere from once a day to several times a day. This tends to drastically vary between pregnancies.

Experiencing morning sickness is very common, but you should always contact your doctor if you feel that your symptoms are out of the ordinary or if you feel dehydrated. Extensive dehydration could warrant admission to a hospital for further evaluation.

One of the most common anti-nausea medications on the market is called Diclegis. Diclegis helps to control symptoms throughout the day and it has shown to be safe to consume during pregnancy.

To try to avoid morning sickness, try these:

  1. Avoid smells that have been bothersome in the past.
  2. Plan and pack small, bland snacks to eat throughout the day.
  3. Eat whatever your body will allow you to eat.
  4. Eat slowly.
  5. Drink soups and other liquids between meals, rather than with meals, so as not to overly distend the stomach and trigger vomiting.
  6. Eat lightly seasoned foods, but salt to taste.
  7. Eat ginger products: ginger ale, pickled ginger, and ginger preserves should have a calming effect on the stomach.
  8. Eat dill pickles. Some find dill to have a calming effect and to be soothing to the stomach.
  9. Suck on Atomic Fireball candies.
  10. Eat low-fat protein foods.

Another cause for nausea and vomiting is a problem with the gallbladder. Gallbladder issues can be more common during pregnancy, especially in the second trimester. The gallbladder will be watched if extensive morning sickness occurs.

For the most part, dealing with morning sickness when pregnancy is very common and shouldn’t be a concern. Contact us today for more information on the causes and/or treatment of morning sickness.

 

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