Dealing with pregnancy vomiting and morning sickness!!
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Nausea, vomiting and morning sickness are very common in pregnancy. In many pregnant women certain foods or even odors can trigger vomiting. It varies from woman to woman. Some experience more vomiting, some less and others often have no symptoms.
If you have pregnancy symptoms like nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, dizziness, fatigue, constipation etc., it's a good sign that the baby is growing. So It's normal and nothing to worry.
What you can do?
Eat small and frequent meals every 2-3 hours. Have more liquids if you can't eat solid foods. If you have more morning sickness, eat something immediately on getting up in the morning like biscuits, roti, bread, toast or anything dry before even brushing. Use more ginger in food like in ginger tea or ginger in lemon juice, it might help you.
Sleep on your stomach. Till 3 to 3.5 months the baby hasn't come till your tummy so lying on it wouldn't be uncomfortable and you will feel better with vomiting.
Don't be occupied with eating more everytime. Relax, do meditation and don't think about eating and vomiting all the time. Family members should also not try to force feed. Many women lose 1-2 kg weight in the first 3 months due to nausea and vomiting. Then there will be a steady weight gain upto a total of 11-12 kgs. Also you are required to take only 350 extra calories per day in pregnancy. So don't eat for two.
Eat what you like. Try to eat a well balanced, hygienic and nutritious diet when possible.
You can take medicines for these symptoms safely. Doxylamine succinate is the medicine given commonly for pregnancy vomiting and morning sickness. Few other meds orally can be taken as per your doctor advice.
If vomiting is severe, doesn't subside with oral drugs or oral intake is not possible, then you may need admission to the hospital and intravenous fluids plus injectable medications. This condition is called Hyperemesis gravidarum. It can cause dehydration and other issues.
Most of the time these symptoms are self limiting either with or without treatment and cause little concern medically.
Relax and enjoy your pregnancy!!!
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Author information - Dr Harita Kothia, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Mumbai.