Are you pregnant and experiencing nausea and vomiting? If so, you are not alone! It’s one of the most common pregnancy symptoms. Early Pregnancy can bring about many changes. Women will often ask, is what I am feeling normal? Your baby is growing and your body is changing.
Many women may experience nausea and vomiting in the first 3 or 4 months, commonly referred to as “morning sickness”. Although referred to as morning sickness because it is often experienced in the morning, symptoms can also last throughout the day. This can be caused by changing hormones, having an empty stomach or for unknown reasons.
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is such a common symptom that many expectant mothers wonder if there’s anything they can do to stop it. While there isn’t any one thing that will work for everyone, we’ve put together a list of things that may help ease your symptoms.
Morning sickness can be very unpleasant, making you feel tired and affect your daily life.
Here are some tips:
- Its important to eat small frequent meals or snacks and to try and avoid letting your stomach get to a feeling of being empty as this can often make the symptoms worse. Nausea can be triggered by low blood sugar levels which can happen if you are not eating throughout the day. Pack your snacks on the go, and don’t skip meals!
- You can also try having something dry to eat before getting out of bed, like crackers and move slowly out of bed in the morning. Put some dry crackers on your side table before going to bed.
- Try to get enough rest as nausea can get worse when you are tired. Take naps during the day or if you are not able to nap, kick up your feet, close your eyes and rest your body.
- Drink small amounts of fluids throughout the day. Drinking large amounts of fluids with meals can also make symptoms worse during the day. Carry a water bottle with you during the day to ensure you are drinking water.
- Avoid spicy and oily foods. Although these may be tempting to eat, and foods you may be craving during your pregnancy, try to limit them as they can worsen your feelings of nausea.
- Try not to lay down immediately after eating, sit up for at least a half hour. After a meal is a great time to get in your steps for the day. Take a walk around the neighbourhood.
- Try to avoid smells that bother you. Many scents that you previously enjoyed such as your perfume, deodorant, body wash, your leather jacket, your partners cologne or even the smell of your favourite food can trigger your nausea. Don’t worry, you will go back to enjoying your favourite scents soon!
- Sometimes smelling lemons or ginger can help. These strong smells can help with the feelings of queasiness. You can even add lemon and fresh ginger to some boiling water, strain it and sip it.
- Talk to your healthcare provider about using pharmaceutical grade natural sourced ginger or a prescription for Diclectin which is approved by Health Canada for use during pregnancy for persistent nausea and vomiting.
When should you get help?
Although morning sickness is a common symptom of pregnancy, it is important to recognize when its time to get help.
Call your doctor right away if:
- Your nausea is lasting all day long and is keeping you from eating and drinking.
- You vomit three or more times a day.
- The colour of your vomit is brown in color or has blood in it.
- You are losing weight.
- You are feeling extremely tired or confused.
- You are Feeling dizzy or have fainted.
- You feel like you have a fast heartbeat.
- You are producing little to no urine.
Try some of the tips we shared here in our blog to manage your morning sickness. Remember, having persistent nausea and vomiting that is making you skip meals and getting in the way of daily activity is not normal. You should talk to your healthcare provider.
If you are experiencing frequent nausea and vomiting, and unable to keep liquids or food down for 24 hours, connect with your healthcare provider right away. Remember, don’t take any over-the-counter medications or herbal remedies before talking to your healthcare provider.