Pregnancy nausea and vomiting (or Morning Sickness) is common, and normally occurs early in pregnancy and improves by the second trimester. It does not impact your chances of having a healthy pregnancy. Morning Sickness can actually occur at any time of the day, and for some women it can continue throughout the whole pregnancy. A small number of women may experience more severe nausea and prolonged vomiting that requires medical attention. Contact your midwife or doctor if you experience signs of dehydration (dark urine or dizziness with standing), repeated vomiting throughout the day (especially if you see blood in the vomit), pain or cramping, or weight loss over 2-3kg.
What Can You Do?
Although we are uncertain about the cause, we know that changing your diet may relieve your discomfort. Here are some great tips.
If you are vomiting continuously it is very important to drinks fluids to avoid dehydration. Drinks that contain some sugar are better tolerated. Try to sip something every 15 minutes. The best drinks for this are: electrolyte or sports drinks (Hydralyte, Gastrolyte, Powerade, Gatorade), lemonade, ginger beer, mineral water, juices (diluted) or cordial. You could also try ice cubes or icey poles.
Aim to eat small and often, eg. something every 30 minutes. Try the following foods:
Avoid Some Common Triggers
Things that can make nausea and vomiting worse could include: rich or fatty food, strong food smells, spicy food, chocolate, cigarettes, coffee, tea, cola and iron tablets.