Let’s bite into this sour topic like a piece of lemon … wait, will that help?
1. Eat small but frequent meals
A very full stomach, being pushed on by the baby, could cause problems. Split your meals into smaller portions and eat every two hours. Watch out for snacking, though; munching on chips, cookies or crackers could seem like a good idea, but uncontrolled eating may cause excessive weight gain.
2. Avoid excess caffeine
The acceptable dose of caffeine for pregnant women is 200 to 300 mg. per day, which means you can have two to three cups of relatively weak coffee. If you have a hard time giving up your favorite beverage, make it decaffeinated. You can choose delicious, good quality coffee without caffeine, and brew it the way you like it.
3. Pay attention to how you feel after taking any medication or supplements
If you notice that your nausea increases after specific medications or supplements, talk to your doctor. Sometimes the problem is caused by the size or taste of the pill. There are many options on the market, so it is good to determine which you will tolerate better.
4. Spicy, sour, fragrant — modify your diet to your taste
Self-observation is important. The taste of your favorite dish or the aroma of the most delicious fish could make you run from the kitchen. Don’t worry; you will enjoy them again after a while. Meanwhile, avoid your triggers.
5. Less fat, more protein, fewer carbohydrates
This might sound cryptic, but these indications appear in scientific studies showing that a meal rich in fat and carbohydrates often causes nausea. Proteins, by contrast, do not cause problems. However, do not give up any food groups completely; learn how to put together healthy meals that will ease your pregnancy woes.
6. Get out of bed slowly
Getting up too quickly after sleeping can have very unpleasant consequences. Set the alarm clock 10 minutes early, sit up, drink a glass of water, then stand up. Don’t forget naps during the day.
7. Ginger … maybe
Ginger is often recommended as a natural antiemetic. In principle, it’s safe, but it may increase the risk of bleeding. Do not use it if you have a predisposition to clotting disorders.
Uncontrollable vomiting during pregnancy
There are situations when vomiting is so persistent that hospitalization may become necessary, as is the case with Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. The symptoms of Hyperemesis gravidarum, as the condition is called, include excessive nausea and vomiting. It may cause up to 5 percent loss of pre-pregnancy weight, dehydration, and possible electrolyte and metabolic disorders, such as ketonuria or alkalosis. Do not underestimate your discomfort and your symptoms; talk to your doctor about them.
If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.
Here are some numbers:
- 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
- Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
- Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
- Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
- Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
- We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)
As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.
Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!