三恶性呕吐(pernicious vomiting) ：为持续恶心呕吐，导致酸中毒及电解质平衡失调，或肝功能异常而需住院治疗以控制代谢紊乱。唯此类型发病率不高，约为1:250～1:350需住院治疗。
2、严重呕吐或伴有脱水、酮尿症者 均需住院治疗。在住院24小时内应予禁食静脉滴注5～10％葡萄糖液及林格氏溶液，补液量应在3000ml/24h， 但需根据病人体重酌情增减另需按化验所测血钾、钠情况，以决定补充电解质的剂量贫血较重或营养很差者，也可输血或静脉滴注必需氨基酸500ml/d， 连续数日以补充能量。
3、经积极治疗仍无效者，如有下列情况，当予治疗性流产。① 持续黄疸；② 持续出现蛋白尿；③ 有多发性神经炎(Polyneuritis)及神经性体征者；④ 体温持续在38℃以上卧床情况下，心率在110bpm以上者；⑤ 伴有精神症状出现者。
在祖国医学中对于妊娠恶阻的患者采用和胃降逆的治则，处方：姜川连2g，淡吴萸2～3g，陈皮9g， 枳壳6g，砂仁3g黄芩9g，姜竹茹9g，可浓煎成100ml分多次口服， 亦有一定效果。
● 生姜：研究发现生姜可以帮助缓解孕吐症状。可以自己试试制作姜茶：切两片硬币大小的生姜，然后用开水浸泡5～10分钟。取出生姜，加入红糖， 蜂蜜或柠檬就可以了。
What Is Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
HG is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening pregnancy disease marked by rapid weight loss, malnutrition, and dehydration due to unrelenting nausea and/or vomiting with potential adverse consequences for the newborn(s).
中医对妊娠剧吐的认识由来已久。早在隋代，巢元方在《诸病源候论·恶阻候》中已指出“妇人元本虚赢，血气不足，肾气又弱，兼当风饮冷太过”，致脾胃虚寒，“心下有痰水" 而致病。宋代严用和《济生方》中有“此由妇人本虚，平时喜怒不节”一说，认为本病可 由情志因素致病，与肝有关。后世医家在此基础上不断发展完善，逐渐形成了本病“木旺克土, 肝胆犯胃”理论。
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Morning sickness, also called nausea gravidarum, nausea, vomiting of pregnancy (emesis gravidarum or NVP), or pregnancy sickness is a condition that affects more than half of all pregnant women, as well as some women who use hormonal contraception or hormone replacement therapy. Usually, it is present in the early hours of the morning and reduces as the day progresses. The nausea can be mild or induce actual vomiting. In extreme cases, vomiting may be severe enough to cause dehydration, weight loss, alkalosis and hypokalemia. This extreme condition is known as hyperemesis gravidarum and occurs in about 1% of all pregnancies. Nausea and vomiting can be one of the first signs of pregnancy and usually begins around the 6th week of pregnancy (week 1 starting on the day the last period started). It can occur at any time of the day, and for most women it seems to stop around the 12th week of pregnancy.
Proximate causes of pregnancy sickness include:
● An increase in the circulating level of the hormone estrogen. Estrogen levels may increase by up to a hundredfold during pregnancy. However, there is no consistent evidence of differences in estrogen levels between women who experience sickness and those who don't.
● Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) due to the placenta draining energy from the mother, though studies have not confirmed this.
● An increase in progesterone relaxes the muscles in the uterus, which prevents early childbirth, but may also relax the stomach and intestines, leading to excess stomach acids and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
● An increase in human chorionic gonadotropin.
● An increase in sensitivity to odors, which overstimulates normal nausea triggers.
Morning sickness as a defense mechanism
Morning sickness is currently understood as an evolved trait that protects the fetus against toxins ingested by the mother. Many plants contain chemical toxins that serve as a deterrent to being eaten. Adult humans, like other animals, have defenses against plant toxins, including extensive arrays of detoxification enzymes manufactured by the liver and the surface tissues of various other organs. In the fetus, these defenses are not yet fully developed, and even small doses of plant toxins that have negligible effects on the adult can be harmful or lethal to the embryo. Pregnancy sickness causes women to experience nausea when exposed to the smell or taste of foods that are likely to contain toxins injurious to the fetus, even though they may be harmless to her.
There is considerable evidence in support of this theory, including:
● Morning sickness is very common among pregnant women, which argues in favor of it being a functional adaptation and against the idea that it is a pathology.
● Fetal vulnerability to toxins peaks at around 3 months, which is also the time of peak susceptibility to morning sickness.
● There is a good correlation between toxin concentrations in foods, and the tastes and odors that cause revulsion.
● Women who have no morning sickness are more likely to miscarry or to bear children with birth defects.
In addition to protecting the fetus, morning sickness may also protect the mother. Pregnant women's immune systems are suppressed during pregnancy, presumably to reduce the chances of rejecting tissues of their own offspring. Because of this, animal products containing parasites and harmful bacteria can be especially dangerous to pregnant women. There is evidence that morning sickness is often triggered by animal products including meat and fish.
If morning sickness is a defense mechanism against the ingestion of toxins, the prescribing of anti-nausea medication to pregnant women may have the undesired side effect of causing birth defects or miscarriages by encouraging harmful dietary choices. On the other hand, many domestic vegetables have been purposely bred to have lower levels of toxins than in the distant past, and so the level of threat to the embryo may not be as high as it was when the defense mechanism first evolved.
Many other non-scientific theories for morning sickness have been proposed in the past. Notably, according to psychologist Sigmund Freud, morning sickness is the result of the mother's loathing of her husband. The subconscious manifestation of this is a desire to abort the fetus through vomiting. In general, such theories are not accepted by modern scientists; Steven Pinker, in "How the Mind Works" goes further, ridiculing the idea as the "barf-up-your-baby theory".
Treatments for morning sickness typically aim to lessen the symptoms of nausea, rather than attacking the root cause(s) of the nausea. Treatments include:
● Lemons, particularly the smelling of freshly cut lemons.
● Avoiding an empty stomach.
● Accommodating food cravings and aversions.
● Eating five or six small meals per day, rather than three large ones.
● Eating cabbage.
● Trying the BRAT diet: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast and tea.
● Ginger, in capsules, tea, ginger ale, or ginger snaps.
● Eating dry crackers in the morning.
● Drinking liquids 30 to 45 minutes after eating solid food.
● If liquids are vomited, sucking ice cubes made from water or fruit juice.
● Vitamin B6 (either pyridoxine or pyridoxamine), often taken in combination with the antihistamine doxylamine (Diclectin).
A doctor may prescribe anti-nausea medications if the expectant mother suffers from dehydration or malnutrition as a result of her morning sickness, a condition known as hyperemesis gravidarum. In the US, Zofran (ondansetron) is the usual drug of choice, though the high cost is prohibitive for some women; in the UK, older drugs with which there is a greater experience of use in pregnancy are preferred, with first choice being promethazine otherwise as second choice metoclopramide, or prochlorperazine.
Further information: Thalidomide#History
Thalidomide was originally developed and prescribed as a cure for morning sickness in West Germany, but its use was discontinued when the drug's teratogenic properties came to light. The United States Food and Drug Administration never approved thalidomide for use as a cure for morning sickness.
● Morning Sickness: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes and Treatments, Nicky Wesson, Vermilion (1997), ISBN 009181538X
● Morning Sickness - A Medical Dictionary, Bibliography, and Annotated Research Guide to Internet References, ICON Health Publications (2004), ISBN 0597840431
Pregnancy - Morning Sickness
Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
Pregnancy and morning sickness come almost hand-in-hand. Approximately 85% - 95% (depending on whose study or article you read) pregnant moms suffer some degree of morning sickness during the first trimester. Like anything else in a pregnancy, morning sickness differs from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some moms have no trouble with it at all, while some suffer through their entire pregnancy with bouts of morning sickness. Some moms suffer 24-hour nausea, and others are so sick that they require hospitalization because of dehydration caused by continuous vomiting.
What is “Morning Sickness”?
Morning sickness (which is sometimes called “pregnancy sickness”) refers to pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting. While the most common time expecting Mom’s experience morning sickness is in the morning (most likely due to the fact that the stomach is empty at the time and more prone to being queasy), morning sickness can happen anytime during the day, sometimes striking without warning. It can last for a few minutes or for several hours – for some moms, it can last all day. Morning sickness may be simple (or extreme!) nausea, and can be (but is not always) accompanied by vomiting.
When does Morning Sickness start?
Morning sickness is usually occurs during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy, making its first appearance around the 4th - 6th week of pregnancy (this is when most Mom’s realize that what they are experiencing might not be a touch of the flu, but it might be time to take a pregnancy test). Symptoms end around the beginning of the second trimester for about half of pregnant moms who suffer from morning sickness. About half of pregnant mom’s who experience morning sickness in their pregnancy through parts of the second and third trimesters. A few unfortunate moms suffer from morning sickness through their entire pregnancy. It’s not uncommon for morning sickness to go away for the second trimester, and then make an encore appearance in the second half of the third trimester.
What Causes Morning Sickness?
There may be more than one specific cause of morning sickness. Common culprits that cause morning sickness include:
1. Hormones: It’s believed that increased levels of hormones is directly related to morning sickness. The specific hormones believed to cause morning sickness are:
● Estrogen. Estrogen levels can increase by up to a HUNDREDFOLD during pregnancy – that’s a lot of estrogen. Many scientist and doctors believe that this increase may be the cause of morning sickness for many women.
● Progesterone (a steroid hormone). During pregnancy, progesterone relaxes the muscles in the uterus. While this helps prevent early childbirth, it may also relax the stomach, leading to excess stomach acids, and cause morning sickness symptoms.
● Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HcG). HcG is a hormone produced by the baby embryo soon after conception and later by the placenta. The presence of this hormone is believed by many to be the main cause of morning sickness.
2. Physiological changes which take place in early pregnancy, including the changes in the way the body metabolizes carbohydrates.
3. There is also research being done to see if morning sickness is the body’s way of letting mom know she needs to change her diet. Researchers and doctors believe that morning sickness may warn mom’s to eat bland diets during the first months of pregnancy as an evolutionary safety mechanism meant to keep women from eating foods that might be dangerous to the baby.
Check out the following Washington Post article for more information regarding toxins and morning sickness http://www.people.virginia.edu/~rjh9u/profet.html
4. Another cause of morning sickness can be Mom’s heightened sense of smell, and sensitivity to smells. This is a “which came first, the chicken or the egg” theory – does Mom suffer from morning sickness as a result of the sensitivity to smells, or is Mom sensitive to smells because of morning sickness?
What are morning sickness symptoms?
The symptoms of morning sickness are pretty basic, and range in severity from mom to mom and even pregnancy to pregnancy. You may be suffering from morning sickness if . . .
● You feel nauseated or queasy during the day
● You find yourself sensitive to smells
Are there any cures for morning sickness?
It’s one thing to know about morning sickness, it’s another thing to get rid of morning sickness. Morning sickness remedies have been around since women first started getting pregnant. Two of the most common cures for morning sickness are:
Saltine crackers are always recommended as a morning sickness cure – because most of the time, they work. The crackers are bland, and quickly absorb stomach acid which can cause the nauseated feeling experienced with morning sickness.
Ginger (in tea, candied or ginger ale form) has been used as a folk-remedy for centuries, and has now been scientifically proven to be an effective morning sickness remedy for many moms.
Why do some women suffer from morning sickness more than others?
Like everything else in a pregnancy, morning sickness is different from Mom to Mom, and no two moms have the exact same experiences. Some of the factors that could determine whether you experience morning sickness or not, or to the degree that you experience morning sickness include:
● Is this your first pregnancy? If so, you may be more prone to morning sickness than those moms who are pregnant with their second or third child.
● If you had a sensitive stomach before pregnancy, you may be more likely to experience morning sickness during pregnancy.
● You had nausea and vomiting in a previous pregnancy.
● You have used the pill as a method of birth control and you experienced nausea as a side effect. This could indicate that your body is sensitive to estrogen.
● You suffer from motion sickness.
● You suffer from migraine headaches.
Your Genetic Background:
● If your grandmother, mother or sisters had severe morning sickness, chances are you will, too.
● Are you pregnant with twins or more? Moms of multiples report more nausea than moms of singletons.
Is there any risk associated with morning sickness?
The biggest risk of morning sickness is dehydration and malnutrition caused by the fact that you can’t eat, drink, or keep anything down. Visit our article The Risk of Morning Sickness for morning sickness risks and warning signs to look out for.
Contrary to a popular old wives tale, morning sickness does not increase the risk of miscarriage. As a matter of fact, several studies have shown that women who suffer morning sickness in pregnancy are less likely to suffer a miscarriage than those that do not experience morning sickness.
Should I Worry If Morning Sickness Doesn't Start for Me?
There are many, many pregnant women – and pregnancy graduates - who will say that you should count your blessings! While some people believe that morning sickness is a sign of a healthy pregnancy, not having morning does not mean that there is anything wrong with you, your baby or pregnancy. The vast majority women who experience no morning sickness symptoms carry to full term. Talk with your doctor about your concerns if you have any at all.
■ Foods for Morning Sickness
Morning sickness strikes most pregnant women during their first trimester, and many continue to suffer some degree of morning sickness or nausea through out their pregnancy.
Diet itself can go a long ways in helping to prevent and control morning sickness – and there are foods that can trigger morning sickness and queasiness as well.
Three main food “do’s” that you can do to help combat morning sickness are:
1. Eat complex carbohydrates, focusing on grains (rice, corn, wheat, oats, millet, barley). Complex carbohydrates act as time-release energy capsules, slowly releasing energy into your bloodstream and helping to keep you feel full. Breads, pasta and crackers are just a few of the foods that should help you combat morning sickness. Be careful of the ‘toppings’ though – pasta smothered in tomato, heavy cheese, or other sauces might actually act as a ‘trigger’ for nausea instead of helping combat it. The same holds true with crackers – you may want to stay with plain crackers (such as saltines, rye crips, or triskets) instead of eating crackers that are coated with cheese, seasoning and other flavorings.
2. Focus on chilled foods instead of hot foods. Chilled pasta salads, green salads, fruit salads, cold chicken (cooked, then chilled), sandwiches, etc., tend to be easier on the stomach than hot-out-of-the-oven foods.
3. Stay with comfort foods that make you feel better. Make a list of foods that help you feel better, and keep a second list of foods that trigger nausea (or heartburn, which is another common discomfort of pregnancy). The purpose of the list is to help you recognize potential “no-nos”, and keep in mind those foods that don’t trigger nausea and morning sickness. Don’t be surprised if the list changes as your pregnancy progresses.
Foods that may be just fine for some folks might cause problems for others. My ‘proven cure’ for morning sickness was cranberry juice and graham crackers – a combination that some of my pregnant friends couldn’t understand. Popcorn, which works for many pregnancy women, made any feelings of nauseau I was having take a turn for the worse. Foods that are known to be ‘tummy-friendly’ include:
● Applesauce (unsweetened seems to be the preferred type)
● Crackers, bread
● Fresh fruit – apples, bananas, pears, etc.
● Fresh or frozen berries
● Frozen yogurt
● Ginger (tea, sticks, snaps, etc.)
● Grapes (frozen grapes make a wonderful cooling treat during warm months)
● Lemon drops
● Potatoes (in any of your favorite forms - baked, boiled, mashed, chips)
● Rice cakes
● Yogurt smoothies
Foods that May Trigger Morning Sickness or Nausea (again, your personal experience may vary). Many of these foods (marked with an asterisk) are also known to trigger headaches as well.
● Artificial Sweetners* (and foods made with them – such as Splenda or Nutrasweet)
● Coffee and Sodas*
● Foods containing monosodium glutamate* (MSG)
● Fried foods (either deep fried or fried in oil)
● High-fat foods
● High Sugar foods*
● Onions and peppers
● Tomato sauces
■ 12 Morning Sickness Preventive Steps
Preventing morning sickness from day-to-day has become the life-long (or pregnancy long) goal of more than one mom. Morning sickness (more accurately called pregnancy sickness because it can happen in the morning, afternoon, evening or during the night!) will affect the majority of pregnancies at any given time. Some Moms only suffer through morning sickness during the first trimester, some struggle with it during the final trimester, and some Moms will experience pregnancy sickness through most of the full nine months.
Tips to Prevent Morning Sickness
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. While there is no guaranty that you can prevent morning sickness all the time, there are several things that you can do that may limit the morning sickness you have - either the frequency or the severity morning sickness that you may suffer. Some women have found that they can avoid morning sickness symptoms altogether with these simple tips:
1. Try to prevent morning sickness before you start your day. If you start the day queasy, you most likely won't feel well the rest of the day. The best way to do this is take preventive measures before you even get out of bed.
● Keep some snacks on your bedside table. When you get up to go to the ladies room at night, you can nibble on a few crackers. This will help absorb stomach acid and help keep your blood sugar from getting to low.
● Before you get out of bed, nibble on a few more crackers - or
have your husband bring you some dry toast, granola, or other bland to munch on before you start the day. The same principal holds true: you need to get something in your stomach to bring your blood sugar up and absorb some of the stomach acid that may cause you to get queasy as soon as you are on your feet.
● Ease yourself into your day. Once you have nibbled in bed,
slowly get up, and nibble a little more in the kitchen. If your stomach will let you, try to take in a little protein (peanut or almond butter on toast, or maybe a little yogurt). Take it slow. Hurried and rushed movements on an empty stomach can cause morning sickness to make a sudden, dramatic, and unwanted appearance.
2.Instead of eating three meals a day, try to eat a snack or mini-meal every two hours or so throughout your day. As mentioned, low blood sugar can cause a queasy stomach, which is why many women experience morning sickness in the afternoons - several hours after they last ate.
3. Don't forget your bedtime snack! Dairy foods act as natural antacid foods and can neutralize stomach acids while you sleep (I personally recommend a Dairy Queen blizzard). Fruit and crackers, or other complex carbohydrates, will help keep your stomach from filling with nausea triggering acid.
4. Learn from Moms of Toddlers: Keep crackers, a baggie of Cheerios, or veggie sticks in your purse or at your desk to nibble on through out your day. There are now 'single serving packs' of crackers that you can buy at the store. I use to buy the Ritz crackers with peanut butter snack packs and keep some at home, in my purse, in the rig, and at my desk. Even if you can't sit down and eat a mini meal, the snacks will help keep your blood sugar up.
5. Eat morning sickness preventive foods. You're probably already watching your pregnancy diet, but preventing morning sickness is another reason to eat plenty of fruit-filled smoothers, and low-fat, high-carb foods. Some morning sickness preventive foods include:
● Protein - meat and eggs are a great source of protein, as are nuts (raw or dry roasted are best, avoid the honey roasted nuts as the sugar can upset your stomach) and black beans or kidney beans
● Dairy products like cheese, milk and yogurt (watch the sugar content in the yogurt, as sugar can trigger a queasy stomach)
● Spread Peanut Butter or another Nut butter (like almond or cashew butter) on crackers, bread, apple slices or celery sticks
● Complex carbohydrates like whole-grain pasta, crackers, bread and brown rice
6. Avoid eating foods that can trigger morning sickness. This can vary from person to person, but some of the most common triggers are:
● Fried and greasy foods (like fried chicken, French fries, fish, etc.)
● Artificial sweeteners
● Caffeine - especially partnered with an artificial sweetener - can really trigger that dreadful morning sickness feeling!
● Sweets - while I am a strong proponent of chocolate in moderation, sugars - especially in large quantities - can cause a stomach to turn queasy in a matter of minutes. It's much better to have a bagel or plain scone than to indulge in a maple bar, glazed doughnut or iced scone. Cookies, cakes and pies are other foods to avoid. To satisfy my sweet tooth (which has never been easy!) I would buy a bag of Hershey kisses (or splurge and get a bag of miniature chocolate bars) and limit myself to one piece whenever a craving hit me.
● Watch the "hidden" sugars in juice, yogurts, puddings and other comfort foods as well.
7. Stay hydrated! Not only is drinking enough water essential to your baby's growth, it's one of the best ways to avoid morning sickness. While you should be drinking at least twice your normal water intake while you're pregnant, eating water-rich fruits and vegetables such as grapes, melons, apples, and celery, are a great way to prevent dehydration.
8. Avoid drinking large amounts of water or other beverages during a meal.
9. Take your prenatal vitamins with a meal, or before bed. This is especially true if you were prone to have an upset stomach while taking birth control pills.
10. Dress coolly - being overheated is a trigger for a queasy stomach in most everyone, especially in pregnant moms whose hormones are raging and whose body's thermostat can fluctuate in a matter of minutes! In the same token, avoid warm and crowded places if at all possible.
11. Avoid smells that trigger nausea. The sense of smell becomes highly tuned during pregnancy. Avoid strong odors that act as triggers for you. Some of the smells that are most likely to make a pregnant stomach queasy include (but of, course, are not limited to):
● Fumes from gasoline or solvents
● Cooking or food odors (especially fried cooking! I know that I
couldn't step into a Chinese restaurant because of the smell of the fried foods)
● Cigarette smoke
● Wet dogs
12. If cooking odors bother you, delegate cooking duties to your husband (you can remind him that he loves to bar-b-que!), or ask a friend or relative to help you out on days that your morning sickness makes even the idea of what to cook unbearable. Other tips:
● Pre-cook, freeze, and fill the freezer up with meals on the days that you do feel well enough to cook. Don't worry - there's no such thing as "overcooking", all those pre-made meals will come in handy once the baby is (or babies are) born!
● Microwave cooked meals have a fraction of the odors associated with them that foods prepared in the oven or on the stovetop do.
● Remember: There's nothing wrong with sandwiches, or even cold cereal and milk for dinner.
One of the most important things you can remember is that what works for someone else may - or may not - work for you. Don't get discouraged. If you try something, and it doesn't work, try something else. Visit our article on Morning Sickness Cures and Remedies for some more ideas on how to make yourself more comfortable during your pregnancy.
The MOST important thing you can remember is that this is only temporary.
■ Pregnancy - Morning Sickness Cures
Morning Sickness Cures
Pregnancy related nausea, or "morning sickness", is common among expecting women. There is nothing fun or enjoyable about being queasy and nauseated for a morning, an entire day, week, month - or in some cases - an entire pregnancy. While there are 12 Morning Sickness Preventative Steps, there are times where you just need to feel better.
Are there any pregnancy morning sickness cures?
Unfortunately, there is no magic blue pill (or any other color pill, for that matter) that will instantly cure you from a bout of morning sickness. As with anything else, what works for one person might not work for another. Also, since your body and hormones are constantly changing during pregnancy, don't be surprised if what worked one week doesn't have the same affect on your morning sickness the next. But don't give up hope - there are many things you can take and do for morning sickness nausea!
Home Remedies and Cures for Morning Sickness
Many pregnant moms want to know "what can I take for morning sickness nausea?" The following are real-life remedies and cures for morning sickness that worked with real women during their pregnancies. If you believe that you suffer from morning sickness that goes beyond the ordinary, we urge you to read our article about the Risk of Morning Sickness.
1. Make yourself eat, especially if your last meal or snack was over two hours ago. Two of the biggest culprits of the queasy stomach and nauseas morning sickness symptoms are low blood sugar and a stomach filled with acid. Eat bland foods - crackers and dry toast for instance, or acid-neutralizing dairy foods like milk, yogurt and ice cream. Many women report near-miraculous recovery once there is something in their stomach.
I suffered from 24-hour morning sickness for the first trimester - everything triggered waves of nausea. I found the best relief for me was graham crackers and cranberry juice. Knowing now what I wish I had known then, I probably wasn't eating enough for my twin pregnancy, which brought on the nausea, and then was afraid to eat anything because of the nausea symptoms.
2. Pay attention to your cravings. Many pregnant women have complained of severe morning sickness, but when they ate what they craved - which they were sure would worsen their symptoms (a hamburger, taco, or pizza, or Pop Tarts for instance), the nausea went away.
3. Get out in the fresh air. Take a walk, or simply go outside, sit on a bench, and breath in non-stale air. Caution, this may not work in areas where there is a high level of exhaust fumes or cigarette smoke (or other smells that can trigger nausea), high humidity, or high temperatures. However, if it's nice (or even cold) outside, having a breath of air helps clear the nausea.
4. Stay hydrated! There is no understating the importance of
staying hydrated and drinking enough water while you are pregnant. If water makes you gag (some women have an aversion to the chlorine and/or minerals found in tap water), the following tricks:
● Make a blender smoothie using ice and fruit or milk (or yogurt) and fruit. You can add some nuts or whey powder to get some additional protein in your diet, too!
● Try adding a splash or slice of lemon or lime to very cold water with ice.
● Have a cup of ginger or mint tea. Stay away from caffeinated teas, and be careful of herbal teas - there are some herbal teas that are fine when you're not pregnant, but may cause problems during your baby's development. Check with your care provider before venturing beyond mint and ginger herbal teas.
● Suck on ice chips. One of my co-workers couldn't stand drinking water, but she was able to eat ice chips all day long. Not just a little ice - she went through eight six-ounce cups of ice a day!
5. Non-caffeinated carbonated beverages - such as 7-UP, organic
Ginger Ale, and Sprite, to name a few - bring great relief nausea relief to many people, pregnant or not. Stay away from the diet versions of these drinks; artificial sweeteners can increase nausea, and aren't healthy for your baby's development.
6. If possible, try lying down in a dark, cool room with your eyes closed (the building I worked in had some great rooms in the basement for this type of break). A damp towel draped across your forehead provides additional relief. Sometimes the absence of visual distractions and bright lights helps to calm morning sickness symptoms.
7. Better yet, take a nap. Sometimes stress and being over-tired can trigger morning sickness, and a quick nap takes care of the situation. You're pregnant - you are building a baby, and you cannot do everything you use to do before you became pregnant. Sometimes women - especially moms - forget that and over-extend themselves, the results of which can be fatigue and the feelings of morning sickness.
8. One of the most popular morning sickness cures is ginger root.
Try Ginger in many forms - candied ginger, ginger ale, raw ginger (either on its own or in a glass of cold water or hot tea), and for some moms, pickled ginger, can help ease the symptoms of morning sickness. As with any supplement, be wary of taking ginger capsules until you speak with your care provider regarding safe dosages of ginger in your pregnancy diet.
9. Don't forget to try the remedies that work for you when you suffer from motion sickness or have the stomach flu, either as an adult or the comforting remedies from childhood. What worked then will most likely work now to give you morning sickness relief.
10. Pay attention to what happens during your day, and note when you experience your morning sickness. Your morning sickness could follow the Danish you have every morning at 10. Many moms didn't make the correlation between their usual routines and morning sickness. One of the number one culprits of this is taking prenatal vitamins and iron supplements on an empty stomach or too early in the day. If you find that your prenatal vitamins bring on bouts of morning sickness no matter when you take them, ask your care provider about prenatals with lower amounts of iron.
Other moms have found morning sickness relief by changing their brand of soap, shampoo, or perfume while they were pregnant, or asking their spouse to stop smoking or change colognes.
Over-the-Counter Morning Sickness Relief
There are different types of pregnancy-relief drops, pops, and chewing gum that offer relief for Moms. We offer Preggie Pops and Drops in our store, mainly because so many customers and friends have said, "you need to sell these - they really, really work!" Preggie Pops, and similar products, are an all-natural remedy for morning sickness made specifically for women searching for a drug-free relief from pregnancy and morning sickness.
There is also an acupressure band you can purchase, which is a soft cotton wristband for motion sickness that's available in drugstores. The band has a plastic button that pushes against an acupressure point on the underside of your wrist. It's a simple, inexpensive method that has given many people relief from seasickness and morning sickness.
A step up from the acupressure band - at a cost of roughly $75 and available by prescription - is a band that, instead of acting as acupressure, stimulates the underside of your wrist with a mild electric current. This works well for some pregnant moms.
While widely available, do not take over-the-counter antacids or other stomach soothers without first talking to your care provider. Maalox may have worked wonders for your friend's cousin's sister, but it may not be safe for you and your baby during your pregnancy.
Vitamin Supplements and Prescriptions as Morning Sickness Remedies
Many women have found morning sickness relief in taking Vitamin B6. Check with your provider before taking this - or any other supplement. Your care provider will know the recommended and SAFE dosage for you and your baby (which may be different than that of your friend or sister!)
If you have a constant battle with morning sickness, talk to your doctor about a prenatal anti-nausea medication. There are several available that can be prescribed that won't harm the development of your baby. Read our The Risks of Morning Sickness article for signs of severe morning sickness that you should report to your doctor.
Remember - your body is changing every day in response to your pregnancy. Just because a cure didn't work in the first few weeks doesn't mean that you shouldn't try it again in the second or third trimester. Also, while some morning sickness remedies seem to be acts of miraculous healings, others may lessen symptoms to aid in your comfort. The only true cure for morning sickness in pregnancy is to have that baby - but we'd like you to be as comfortable as possible between now and then!