Is there any end to morning sickness? Some pregnant women experience very little nausea and vomiting, while others face it all day, every day.
Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting are very common during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester.
And despite its name, morning sickness isn’t always restricted to the morning. Some women feel sick to their stomachs morning, noon and/or night.
“Actually, women who experience morning sickness are more likely to have a successful pregnancy,” said Dr. Katherine Wolfe, a perinatologist and director of the diabetes and pregnancy program at Akron Children’s Hospital. “Many studies have found fewer miscarriages among women who experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.”
Thankfully, morning sickness usually goes away by the end of the second trimester. In the meantime, these things may help keep your stomach in check:
- Steer clear of certain odors that may trigger your nausea, such as perfumes, garbage or certain foods.
- Keep crackers or dry toast by your bed to nibble on before getting up.
- Eat frequent small meals to keep your stomach from becoming empty.
- Drink frequent small amounts of fluids throughout the day so you don’t become dehydrated.
- Avoid eating foods that are fatty, greasy, spicy or acidic if you find they bother you.
- Get creative about adding ginger into your diet. It’s long been touted as a stomach soother and studies have shown it may help calm your belly. Try adding fresh ginger to your tea, or drink ginger ale. You could even snack on ginger candy.
- Eat whatever foods you can tolerate while your stomach’s upset. When you feel better later, concentrate on making your meals more well-rounded.
- If your prenatal vitamin seems to worsen your nausea, take it with food instead of on an empty stomach. Or, try taking it right before bed. If this doesn’t help, talk to your healthcare provider about the possibility of switching to a different vitamin.
Studies are being done on various complementary and alternative therapies for morning sickness, such as acupressure with wristbands and treatment with ginger or a vitamin B6 supplement. Speak with your doctor to see what therapies are right for you.