Morning sickness is common in the first trimester, most likely due to fluctuating hormones. Occasionally, it progresses to a serious condition known as hyperemesis gravida, which causes the mother to become dangerously dehydrated. For the most part however, women who experience morning sickness have a mild version and will feel much better by the second trimester. In the mean time,
what can you do to help?
- Small, frequent, meals containing a higher protein content. This seams to balance blood sugar and help with nausea.
- Keep crackers by the bed to eat first thing in the morning. Again, this helps to regulate blood sugar.
- Use teas or lozenges containing ginger. Ginger is a great anti-nausea spice and can make a big difference for some people.
- Try B6. The reason that B6 works is unclear in the medical community, but 25 mg, two times per day have been helpful for many moms. Be sure to check with your health care practitioner to determine the right dosage.
- Homeopathy is great for morning sickness. Some common remedies to consider are ipecac, arsenicum, phosphorus, nux vomica, sepia, pulsatilla, and tabacum. Any of these are well worth considering. A qualified practitioner can help you determine which one is best for your situation.
Morning sickness is one of the “not so fun” parts of pregnancy, but luckily, it will subside. Focusing on the exciting parts of becoming a parent can help, along with the above suggestions, will help to get you through the rough spots. Good Luck!!
If you have found other ways to deal with morning sickness that weren’t listed here, please pass that information along to other mothers. You can post your comments below. And as always, if you have any questions about what you have just read, please feel free to Ask Dr. Tara.