Treating morning sickness usually involves diet and lifestyle changes
Our experienced Austin obgyns have several suggestions for treating morning sickness. Our physicians usually suggest behavioral changes to relieve symptoms. They also provide medical treatment for women who suffer from severe morning sickness that is not relieved by the recommended diet and lifestyle changes. Most women only experience nausea and vomiting during the first trimester, but others experience it for several months or the entire pregnancy.
Treating morning sickness with lifestyle changes
Here are several diet and lifestyle suggestions for treating morning sickness.
- Eat small, frequent meals instead of the traditional three meals a day.
- Avoid smells that trigger nausea as well as fried and spicy foods.
- Try to eat dry toast or crackers when you get up in the morning and when you go to bed.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Excellent options to try include ginger ale, 7-Up, Sprite, Gatorade, room temperature or warm tea and broth.
- Eat foods high in vitamin B6, including nuts, peas, seeds, legumes and whole grains.
- Talk to our Austin obgyns about treating morning sickness with a 25mg vitamin B6 supplement each day.
- Walk or do light exercise after you eat to aid your digestion.
- Try ginger supplements or products that contain ginger.
- See if acupressure wristbands help with your nausea.
Medical treatments for more severe symptoms
If your nausea and vomiting are more severe, you may need medical treatment. Our Austin obgyns can provide medications for morning sickness that relieve your symptoms without endangering your baby.
- Our physicians may prescribe over-the-counter vitamin B6 supplements or a prescription medication that combines vitamin B6 with doxylamine, a medication that is used in over-the-counter sleep remedies.
- If these options don’t work, a woman may need prescription antiemetic drugs.
Treatment for the most severe morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum
Rarely, some women suffer from hyperemesis gravidarum. This serious condition leads to weight loss and dehydration. Our physicians treat this condition with IV medications, fluids and vitamin supplements to relieve dehydration and restore the bodily fluids that are lost during severe vomiting. Treating morning sickness in this case often involves hospitalization.