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Morning, Noon and Night Sickness

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

I had a little bout of the stomach flu yesterday and during one of the really unpleasant nausea waves I realized I had my blog subject for today.

I couldn’t help thinking about my own experience of it with Alexander. For people who have never experienced motion sickness or “morning” sickness (also called hyperemesis), the ability to understand the misery of it is virtually impossible. I recently read an article written by a Washington Post journalist about her own experience with severe hyperemesis. It can be a rough road. The good news is that for most of us, it passes by the end of the first trimester. Mine stopped abruptly at 14 weeks at which point I ate a huge plate of spaghetti — easily the best meal I’ve ever had.

These are some simple suggestions:

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • If drinking anything at all nauseates you, try a variety of things that melt into liquid, such as Jell-O. Ice pops are terrific, too; the cold is refreshing.
  • Carbonated drinks such as colas and ginger ale are frequently soothing to the stomach.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals, five to six a day.
  • Eat something even before you get out of bed in the morning, if necessary.
  • Eat anything that appeals to you, including milk shakes, ice cream, pasta, or other high-calorie foods.
  • Stay away from spicy or fried foods and smells that make you queasy.
  • Take your prenatal multivitamin with your largest meal.
  • Mint tea and the smell of a freshly cut lemon can help.
  • Change the way you brush your teeth.
  • Try motion-sickness bands.
  • Acupuncture has been shown to decrease nausea in pregnancy. Fresh air can do wonders.
  • Try to slow down.
  • Talk to your care provider about vitamin B6 and how it might be helpful.
  • If your nausea and/or vomiting are severe, ask your doctor about the medication, Zofran

Although the exact causes of hyperemesis are not known, there are some studies that showing that women who have it have higher levels of the pregnancy hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) and the thyroid hormone thyroxin.

I really like this support site for more information. And remember, It does stop. Really.

Your Comments

  1. Great tips! At 20 weeks and still sick I am willing to try anything! It seems like I was doing better weeks 15-18, then all of a sudden (even with the Zofran 8mg on schedule) I started to get sick again!! This happened in both my previous pregnancies as well. Is there some reason (like a spike in hormones) around 20 weeks that would cause the nausea to spike again?

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