How can something as wonderful and miracle-y like pregnancy start with nausea and vomiting? But that’s just a woman’s body, resilient and filled with mysteries, and pregnancy nausea is one of those. Vomiting during pregnancy is perfectly normal, although tad unpleasant.
No one knows what the exact reason for vomiting during pregnancy is. Science would have us believe that the rapidly changing hormones in the body throw things out of gear a bit. Your stomach muscles are affected and the result is ‘morning sickness’.
Nearly 65% of pregnant women are affected by vomiting in pregnancy. The triggers could be certain smells, foods, stress, anxiousness, tiredness or even vitamin deficiencies. But if you keep in mind some of these tips and tricks you might be able to beat the problem or keep it down at least, literally.
at light: “We advise pregnant women to eat something light every hour or two,” says Dr Gawdi.
Home remedies: Women can also try home remedies such as chewing on mint and ginger. “You can even dehydrate ginger along with a little salt and pop it in your mouth every few hours. You can even try honey, cardamom, cloves for instant relief,” she adds. You can even try sucking on some candy.
Avoid triggers: If you’ve figured that certain smells and tastes trigger nausea, it is best to avoid it.
Consult your doctor: If the nausea is too much to handle you can consult your doctor. “Having too much iron may cause nausea, and switching to a different vitamin could help,” says Dr Coelho adding, “ Also ask your healthcare provider about taking a vitamin B-6 supplement, which has proven to help reduce nausea and vomiting.”
Keep room well ventilated: “Have a fan close by, this will make breathing easier. If that’s not possible, take walks outdoors,” she adds.
- For morning nausea, eat toast, cereal, crackers, or other dry foods before getting out of bed.
- Eat cheese, lean meat, or other high-protein snack before bedtime.
- Sip fluids, such as clear fruit juices, water, or ice chips, throughout day. Don’t drink lots of fluid at one time.
- Eat small meals or snacks every two to three hours instead of three large meals per day.
- Don’t eat fried, greasy, or spicy foods.
- Avoid foods with strong odors that are bothersome. Or eat foods cold or at room temperature.