Morning Sickness

ExitCare ImageMorning sickness is when you feel sick to your stomach (nauseous) during pregnancy. You may feel sick to your stomach and throw up (vomit). You may feel sick in the morning, but you can feel this way any time of day. Some women feel very sick to their stomach and cannot stop throwing up (hyperemesis gravidarum).

HOME CARE

  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • Take multivitamins as told by your doctor. Taking multivitamins before getting pregnant can stop or lessen the harshness of morning sickness.

  • Eat dry toast or unsalted crackers before getting out of bed.

  • Eat 5 to 6 small meals a day.

  • Eat dry and bland foods like rice and baked potatoes.

  • Do not drink liquids with meals. Drink between meals.

  • Do not eat greasy, fatty, or spicy foods.

  • Have someone cook for you if the smell of food causes you to feel sick or throw up.

  • If you feel sick to your stomach after taking prenatal vitamins, take them at night or with a snack.

  • Eat protein when you need a snack (nuts, yogurt, cheese).

  • Eat unsweetened gelatins for dessert.

  • Wear a bracelet used for sea sickness (acupressure wristband).

  • Go to a doctor that puts thin needles into certain body points (acupuncture) to improve how you feel.

  • Do not smoke.

  • Use a humidifier to keep the air in your house free of odors.

  • Get lots of fresh air.

GET HELP IF:

  • You need medicine to feel better.

  • You feel dizzy or lightheaded.

  • You are losing weight.

GET HELP RIGHT AWAY IF:

  • You feel very sick to your stomach and cannot stop throwing up.

  • You pass out (faint).