Morning sickness, nausea and vomiting, is a common sign of pregnancy. In fact, a large majority of all pregnant women experience morning sickness in one form or another. Unlike the condition infers, morning sickness typically occurs throughout the day.
It is most common for morning sickness symptoms to begin at about 5 – 6 weeks of pregnancy. Symptoms typically lasts until the 13 – 17 week of pregnancy. It is not uncommon for some women to have a recurrence of morning sickness symptoms in the last trimester of pregnancy. The exact reason for morning sickness is still unknown, but there may be a variety of factors.
For some relief from morning sickness symptoms, the following home remedies may be helpful. Our providers recommend that you try these remedies before prescription medication is prescribed:
- Keep Something in your Stomach at all Times: Attempt to nibble and snack on anything that sounds appealing or you are able to keep down. Bland foods are usually best, such as toast, lemon-lime soda or ginger-ale.
- Vitamin B6: You may take 25 – 100mg of over the counter supplements up to three times a day.
- Unisom: This is another over the counter supplement that you may take along with Vitamin B6. Take ½ or 1 tablet but be aware that it may cause sleepiness, so it is best to take Unisom in the evenings.
- Ginger Products: Ginger-ale, ginger capsules, or ginger flavoring tends to help settle the stomach.
- Herbal Teas: Peppermint, spearmint, fennel and ginger herbal teas may also be helpful.
If none of these remedies provide relief and your nausea and vomiting continue during your pregnancy, and you are unable to keep down solid foods AND fluids for 24 hours, call our office as you may be dehydrated.
In these cases, prescription medication may be prescribed and intravenous fluids may be necessary if dehydration is severe.