Morning Sickness (throwing up)

What causes it?

“Morning sickness” is the feeling that you might throw up (nausea). It is also the act of throwing up (vomiting). Both of these can happen during the first three months or longer. Although it is called “morning sickness”, it can happen any time of the day or night. Some pregnant women get morning sickness, and others never do. If you are one of the women who gets it, you may not be able to stop the feeling that you might throw up (nausea). But you may be able to stop the throwing up (vomiting) by trying what we suggest here. You may need to try a few things before you find one that works for you. Read more Best tips for morning sickness.

What can I do about it?

• You will feel better after you eat, so even though you may not want to, it’s important to eat. Nausea is much worse if your stomach is empty.
• Try eating a few crackers or dry toast before you go to bed or before you get up in the morning. Keep them by your bed.
• Instead of a few large meals, try eating small meals or snacks every 2 or 3 hours. A bedtime snack can be helpful. Try peanut butter or a protein rich food to keep your stomach full for a longer time.
• Try not to eat solids and liquids at the same time. Have soups and drinks between meals instead of with meals.
• Avoid fried foods.
• Avoid coffee.
• Avoid smoking.
• Get up slowly in the morning. Do not move quickly or suddenly.
• If you feel like you might throw up, sip soda water or ginger ale, or go outside for fresh air. A short walk might help.

What if none of this works?

• Talk to your doctor.
• Do not take any medicine for nausea without asking your doctor if it’s okay.

• Try not to worry. Morning sickness does not affect your baby’s growth or health.
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