Feeling queasy and nauseated is an awful way to begin your pregnancy. It’s probably also difficult for you to eat. Most women experience “morning sickness” or feel seasick until their twelfth week, when hormone levels begin to stabilize. If a pregnant mom is throwing up continuously, she’ll need to be in touch with her OB provider right away. There are many ways that you can help feel better and some that require a prescription.
Hang in there. In the meantime, here are some quick tips:
• Ask for a prescription of Premesis. This is a prenatal vitamin that contains only Calcium, Folic acid, B6, and B12. These two vitamins help moms feel better and the Calcium and Folic acid are the two necessary nutrients for the baby right now. I prescribe Premesis to my patients all the time when they’re too queasy to take their regular vitamin.
• Try ginger. Ginger ale, ginger cookies, or even candied ginger. You can just suck on some ginger candy and get the same stomach calming effect as if you swallowed it.
• Mix water and juice. Plain water is too bland, and juice is too sweet. Either one by itself can cause vomiting, so mix up a 1⁄2 of a glass and either take tiny sips or try a teaspoon at a time. Use clear juices like apple, grape, or cranberry.
• Stay hydrated. Besides just drinking more water, try popsicles, cut up fruit (like watermelon), and even Jell-O.
• Eat many small meals. Large meals on an empty stomach tend to come right back up.
AUTHOR BIO: Barbara Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, award winning author, and a nationally recognized health expert. She holds a BS from Boston College and earned master’s degree at the University of California, San Francisco. She has over 20 years of experience listening to and caring for women, and has helped countless women and couples navigate their way through pregnancy and the transition to parenthood. She has also frequently lectured at Stanford and acted as a health expert for iVillage.