Most pregnant women experience some sort of morning sickness. Morning sickness is usually one of the first signs that you are pregnant. It normally begins around the 6th week of pregnancy and for most women it seems to stop after the 12th week of pregnancy. It can occur at anytime of the day.
Things that can help with morning sickness
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day
- Eat slowly
- Avoid lying down after eating
- Have 30 minutes of exercise most days
- Go for a walk to get some fresh air
- Consider seeing an acupuncturist who has experience treating nausea during pregnancy
If you experience excessive vomiting and cannot manage to keep your food down, you may have hyperemesis gravidarum.
Signs that you may have hyperemesis gravidarum
- vomiting more than three or four times per day
- becoming dehydrated
- feeling light-headed or dizzy
- losing more than 10 pounds or 5 percent of your body weight due to vomiting
- feeling nearly constant nausea
If you think you may have hyperemesis gravidarum, try eating smaller, more frequent meals and dry foods such as crackers. You should drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated. Severe cases of hyperemesis gravidarum may need to be treated in hospital, where you will be put on a drip of intravenous fluids (IV) to restore hydration, electrolytes, vitamins, and nutrients.