Morning Sickness and How to Stop It

Nausea and vomiting many times occur in early pregnancy. Although it's frequently referred to as "morning sickness" it can occur any time during the day or night. Usually it goes away after about the third month of pregnancy. "morning sickness" is the result of the influence of increased amounts of estrogen and progesterone that are produced by the ovaries in early pregnancy. Because of the increased level of hormones the stomach increases the production of gastric juices. At the same time the stomach slows down motility and it's ability to empty it's contents. This causes the feeling of nausea and in some cases vomiting.

To prevent morning sickness, try the following suggestions until you find what works for you and if nothing works try the Emetrol and if that doesn't work call me and I have stronger prescription medications.

• Keep a piece of bread or a few crackers near your bed and eat them before you get out of bed in the morning.

• Get out of bed slowly. Avoid sudden movements.

• Have some yogurt, cottage cheese, juice or milk before you go to bed. Try one of these if you have to get up during the night.

• Eat several small meals through the day so your stomach doesn't remain empty for very long.

• Eat high protein food - eggs, cheese, nuts, meats, etc. - as well as fruits and fruit juices. These foods prevent low blood sugar levels which can also cause nausea.

• Drink soups and other liquids between meals instead of with them.

• Avoid greasy or fried foods. They are hard to digest.

• Avoid spicy or highly seasoned food.

When nausea occurs:

• Sip soda water (carbonated water).

• Get some fresh air. Breath deeply.

• Avoid cooking and strong smells.

• Drink spearmint, raspberry leaf or peppermint tea.

Call me if you become dehydrated.