Posts Tagged ‘morning sickness’

Morning sickness

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

morning-sickness“I was so sick in my last pregnancy and this time I’m not. If I’m not throwing up, does that mean I’m not pregnant?”  I hear that a lot.  My answer often is, “Nope, you may just be lucky!”

Morning sickness is that nauseous feeling you get when you’re pregnant that can be followed by vomiting.  It happens to well over half of all pregnant women but not to all.  And though it may occur more in the morning for some, for others it can happen at any time of night or day.  Oh joy!

The nausea may be due to the rapidly increasing hormones in your body.  It tends to go away for most women around 12-14 weeks.  Just as some women experience no morning sickness, some unlucky ladies wrestle with this through most of their pregnancy. We don’t know why.

If you are one of the gals who gag, it may be helpful to know that many things can trigger nausea (different foods, strong odors, perfumes).  Pay attention to what turns you green and avoid it if you can.   And certain bland foods like salty crackers can help settle your stomach.  If they work for you, keep them handy at home, work and in the car.  And don’t forget to sip on the water bottle throughout the day. Read more tips here.

How will I know when I’m pregnant?

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

pregnancy-testMy grandmother said, “Oh, you’ll know!” So what does that mean?  My mother said I’d start throwing up – but I never did with any of my pregnancies.  Aside from the obvious positive pregnancy test, here are some things to look for.  Maybe you’ll experience a few, maybe none.  Everyone’s different.

• You miss your period.
• You feel sick to your stomach or throw up.
• Your breasts are big and sore. The area around your nipples gets darker.
• You crave certain foods. Or you really dislike certain foods or smells.
• You feel tired all the time.

If you’re hoping to see a sign soon, look for some of these symptoms.

New study on anti-nausea pill

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

pill-bottlesRight now, no drugs are approved in the United States to treat nausea in pregnancy. A new large study conducted in Israel might lead to a change in that policy.

In many countries, pregnant women receive the drug metoclopramide for “morning sickness,” usually in the first trimester. In the U.S., health providers worry about giving any medication to a pregnant woman because it might be risky for her fetus and even lead to birth defects. The risk is often greatest in the first trimester.

The new study looked at 3,500 babies whose moms had taken metroclopramide. These babies were no more likely to have birth defects than babies born to women who didn’t take the drug.

This study is just the first step. More research will need to be done, and expert panels in the U.S. and other countries will need to look at all the data. This could take many years.

For now, women in the U.S. should not take any drug for nausea dring pregnancy, unless their health care provider says it’s OK.

For more info about nausea in pregnancy and what you can do to get relief, read the March of Dimes article.

Thank goodness for saltines and ginger ale

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

A friend had morning sickness so badly she could not lift her head off of the pillow without reaching for a cracker from her night stand. My sister had nausea and vomiting so badly she was hospitalized on two separate occasions for dehydration. For a couple of weeks my other sister lived on Kit-Kats. It was the only thing she could tolerate (so she said). Funny – she actually hid the candy in the kitchen pots so her husband wouldn’t find and eat them. Another friend of mine survived on pop tarts and instant mashed potatoes to keep the queasiness down. Do what you gotta do!! Just try to get some healthy stuff in there whenever you can.

Some women find the following tips helpful: Get up slowly in the morning. Eat five or six small meals each day. Eat snacks that are high in protein. Drink fluids often during the day. Get plenty of fresh air. Avoid fatty foods or foods that are hard to digest.

Always check with your health care provider before taking any medicine to relieve nausea or before you use any health food remedies (such as ginger supplements) to relieve nausea.