There are many reasons why you might experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. You are not alone around 50 – 90% experience nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. While most common in the first trimester, nausea and vomiting may not be limited to this period. Recent studies have found that nausea coincides with the development of the baby, when it goes through a significant stage of development. http://www.ivillage.co.uk/pregnancyandbaby/pregnancy/tri1/articles/0,,11_168940-1,00.html
The cause for morning sickness is unknown. While it is called morning sickness it may not be limited to the morning (this is something I have experienced as well as many other women I have spoken to).
Some of the following remedies have been found to help some women with morning sickness:
• Rather than eating 3 heavy meals a day, try eating 4-6 small meals per day.
• Eat crackers or dry toast 20 – 30 minutes before getting up in the morning. These bland foods may also help if feeling nauseated during the day.
• Get up slowly from bed; rushing may bring on the nausea.
• A diet high in protein and complex carbohydrates tend to prevent nausea. A snack before bedtime may also help
• Minimise fluids with meals. Instead drink small amounts between meals
• Drinking fluids is essential especially if you are loosing fluids through vomiting.
• Herbal teas, fruit juices and iced lollies may be helpful in combating the nauseas feeling
• Try taking two or three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (not any other kind) in warm water first thing in the morning
• Ginger tea can be used freely. You may also like to try either smelling a tincture of ginger or a couple of drops onto the tongue.
• Adequate amounts of nutrients are vital during pregnancy. A vitamin supplement especially formulated for pregnancy is a good idea. Vitamin B6 in particular may help with morning sickness.
• Homeopathic remedies are certainly helpful. These can be purchased from a chemist or health food store, better still consult with a professional and they will put you on the right track straight away. My homeopath suggested Ipecacuanha and it took away the nausea I had been experiencing every day for 3.5 months within minutes.
• Extra sleep and relaxation will help (although difficult if you have an older toddler to look after, ask a family member or friend to take the toddler for an hour or two DON’T rush around and do the house work)
• Acupressure wrist bands (usually availble for seasickness) may be helpful
• Regular chiropractic check-ups may also help limit the nausea; this may be due to the neurological “control” for nausea being located in the brain stem and may be overstimulated during pregnancy; a chiropractor should be able to locate any areas within the spine and nervous system that may be contributing to this overstimulation.
If none of the above remedies help, you may need to seek further professional advice particularly if the vomiting is intractable, difficult keeping fluid down or are loosing weight.