Morning sickness is a common negative effect of pregnancy. Here are some tips for dealing with morning sickness:
- Sleep Well, Eat Healthily, and Keep Up Your Fluids
Give yourself plenty of time to get out of bed, eating something in the morning so that you have food in your stomach, drinking lots of fluids, avoiding spicy and greasy foods right before bed. Sipping a high-quality ginger ale or ginger tea helps alleviate morning sickness for many women.
- Try Sea-Bands Sea-Bands are available from most pharmacies and can be inexpensive as $10. These are drug-free wristbands that use acupuncture help control nausea.
- Consider Preggie Pops®
Preggie Pops® help reduce nausea, alleviate dry mouth, and provide a quick energy boost. In addition to being drug-free, these all-natural pops and drops reduce morning sickness using essential oils, and Preggie Pop Drops Plus contain vitamin B6, which has been shown to greatly improve nausea symptoms caused by morning sickness and is a welcome alternative to medicines that might relieve morning sickness but can cause harm to your baby.
- When to Contact Your Doctor
If the nausea and vomiting are severe, you can pass only small amounts of urine or if it is dark in color, you can’t keep down liquids, your heart races, you feel dizzy or faint when you stand up, or you vomit blood, contact your doctor as soon as possible. There are several anti-nausea medications that are safe to take during pregnancy. Sometimes, intravenous fluids are needed for severe vomiting.
By Ingrid Skop, M.D.