Being pregnant is a very exciting time! Now if only it didn’t come with morning sickness… More than half of all pregnant women experience morning sickness and vomiting during pregnancy. Medically called “nausea and vomiting of pregnancy,” morning sickness most commonly occurs during the first trimester.
Vomiting during pregnancy has yet to be scientifically explained. Various theories propose that it could be due to increased hormone levels, slower digestion, increased risks for exhaustion, and other factors, but these haven’t been proven.
Whatever the cause, I’m sure you just want to stop running to the nearest sink and turning out the contents of your gut! Here are some things that can help.
Stop Nausea in its Tracks.
Vomiting usually happens with nausea as an initial sign. So the best way to prevent any vomiting is to nip nausea in the bud. Avoid triggers like strong scents, spicy food, or other things and situations that make you feel queasy. Check my previous posts on Pregnancy – Ease that Nasty Nausea with These Tips!.
Excessive physical activity is one of the triggers of nausea and vomiting. Avoid over-taxing yourself with the many errands, chores and work. Even if you’re used to a full, busy day before you were pregnant, remember, this is a different phase and your body needs the rest. This means that you have to make time in your schedule to relax. Take a warm, calming bath when arriving home from work. Make sure to take the weekends off and indulge in some peace and quiet. This will help prevent you from feeling too overwhelmed.
Avoid Large Meals.
Stuffing yourself full can sometimes cause food to move slower through your digestive system. Try to eat smaller, more frequent meals. Taking six small meals a day instead of three large ones can help you feel more at ease. This can help keep heartburn away as well.
Try Taking an Over-the-Counter Medication for Vomiting.
Certain medications are available to take and are safe to use for pregnant women. They can ease off nausea and vomiting, and can save your day! Meclizine, for example, is a well-known drug for controlling various types of nausea and vomiting. It’s available as a tablet and can be easily taken in the morning or before the time that vomiting usually occurs.
Other medications include antihistamines like dimenhydrinate and diphenhydramine. They may be safe, but can cause increased drowsiness and can interfere with work. Other medications are available as well, but you may need to ask your doctor for a prescription for these.
If you’re experiencing excessive vomiting, you may have to consult your doctor. A severe form of this disorder, called hyperemesis gravidarum, requires medical treatment. It can cause a loss in weight and an imbalance in body fluids and electrolytes.