Pregnancy Week 4 – Nausea

Say thank you hormones!  I still remember the day, being just 7 weeks pregnant, lying on my couch thinking, what have I done?  I wanted to get pregnant, but I didn’t sign up for the the “Oh no, I have to throw up, right now!”  And most of time it was foods that I had loved when I wasn’t pregnant, the one that got me the worst, my coffee!  I couldn’t even go in the store with my husband and wait while he ordered…it was that bad.  So from a mom who was nauseous from the moment I got out of bed to the moment I went back to bed here are some tips for making it better:

In the morning

  • Allow extra time to get out of bed and start your day moving.
  • Keep a light carbohydrate snack and water near you bed so you can eat a little before lifting your head off the pillow.

Throughout the day

  • Grazing is the key.  Eat little amounts of food every two to three hours regardless of being hungry or not – some believe that low blood sugar causes the nausea to be worse.
  • Stay hydrated by drinking 10 to 12 glasses of water, fruit juice or herbal tea each day.
  • Avoid food containing a lot of fat or spices.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
  • Eat dry crackers or toasted bread.
  • Ginger tea, ginger tablets and ginger ale can help reduce nausea.
  • Take frequent naps.
  • Move slowly and avoid sudden movements.
  • Avoid smells that make you feel sick or throw up.
  • Don’t brush your teeth immediately after eating because this can cause vomiting.
  • Get some fresh air daily.
  • Exercise.

At night

  • Before going to bed have a light carbohydrate and protein snack (sandwich, or cereal and milk)
  • Restock your foods next to the bed!

For signs for when to call the doctor, click on:

http://www.americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/morningsickness.html

Natural remedies…try the following links:

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/morningsickness.htm

http://www.babycenter.com/0_morning-sickness-causes-concerns-treatments_254.bc