The First Trimester: Nausea and Vomiting
Usually called "morning sickness", nausea and vomiting are common during early pregnancy. For many women, though, it isn't limited to just the morning. Although it can seem like it will last forever, nausea and vomiting usually go away after the first trimester. Try some of these tips to help your nausea:
- Eat frequent, small meals (6 to 8 small meals a day, rather than 3 large meals).
- Avoid fatty, fried, or spicy foods.
- Try starchy foods, like toast, saltines, cheerios, or other dry cereals. Keep some by your bed and eat them before you get out of bed in the morning and when you get up in the middle of the night. Also keep some with you at all times, in case you feel nauseous.
- Try drinking carbonated drinks like ginger ale or seltzer in between meals.
- Ask your health care provider if you should stop taking your prenatal vitamin for a while if it adds to your morning sickness.
- Ask your health care provider if you should take vitamin B6 treatments for severe nausea and vomiting that doesn't get better with the dietary changes listed above.
If you are vomiting a lot, you might want to call your health care provider to make sure you don't get dehydrated (lose too much fluid in your body). When the nausea and vomiting begins to go away, try to resume a healthy eating plan, and take your prenatal vitamins.
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