Two Pregnant Women

And, What to Do About It

The good news is that you’re finally pregnant after what seems like eons of trying. The bad news is that you feel awful. Who called it “morning sickness” when it seems to happen at all hours of the day? In the U.S., nearly 3 in 4 pregnant women have some nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, usually between 4 and 12 weeks. However, some women experience a severe form of nausea and vomiting called, hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires medical intervention and sometimes hospitalization.

For almost all women, the nausea and vomiting of morning sickness will subide by week 20. Here are a few strategies to deal with morning sickness:

  • Eat small, frequent meals. Getting “over-hungry” can cause nausea but carb-rich foods including crackers, potatoes or cereal can help lessen it if nibbled regularly.
  • Avoid greasy or fatty foods and any food that is highly spiced. Keep things bland for a few weeks.
  • Sit up for a while after meals.

Keep focused on the positive outcome. Ask your partner for help in keeping your eating strategy on track. Be sure to see your OB/GYN before trying to get pregnant and learn healthy strategies for your 9 months of waiting.

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