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Dealing with morning sickness

There's nothing like the queasiness of morning sickness (which can happen morning, noon and night) to make you feel like a washed out mess. Some women never experience morning sickness, some have it only during their first trimester and still others, unfortunately, experience nausea throughout their pregnancy. But in the vast majority of cases, morning sickness goes away soon after the first trimester.

For some women, the nausea of morning sickness comes and goes and never causes them to vomit. Some women may feel queasy when they smell certain foods. And some women may vomit with no feelings of queasiness beforehand.

Nobody is sure exactly what causes morning sickness. But it's commonly thought that it's caused by the increase in hormones that are a normal part of pregnancy.

Controlling the queasiness

There is no guaranteed solution for relieving morning sickness. But these things might help:

  • Eat a few bland crackers in the morning before you get out of bed.
  • Drink ginger tea. This can help some women to feel less queasy.
  • If the smells of certain foods make you feel sick, avoid those foods completely.
  • For some people, sudden movement can cause queasiness, so keep your movement steady and slow.
  • If you crave foods, it's probably a good idea to give in to your cravings and eat those foods.
  • Try eating smaller meals five or six times a day rather than three larger meals.
  • Drink as much water and other liquid as you can, because frequent vomiting can cause dehydration.

One thing that should reassure you is that morning sickness doesn't mean that your baby is sick. And in most cases, your baby will get enough nutrition, even though that may seem hard to believe if you are vomiting quite a bit.

While morning sickness is not usually a serious condition, it can be if you are unable to keep fluids down and become dehydrated. Be sure to talk to your doctor so that you know how to tell whether your morning sickness is just making you feel bad or whether it's something that needs medical attention.

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Source: Health Online, Inc.

First published: 11/02/1999
Last updated: 10/14/2007

Reviewed by: Michael Slama, MD, Allina Health Mercy Women's Health Clinic