Approximately 50 % of pregnant women suffer from "morning sickness". These are bouts of stomach upset that may range from infrequent episodes of mild nausea to frequent episodes of severe vomiting. These episodes may occur at any time of the day; some women have more problems in the evening rather than in the morning. While we do not know what causes morning sickness, there are several things that we can recommend that are usually of help.
- Avoid foods which are hard to digest.
- Avoid fatty foods - especially fatty meats, fried foods and pastries.
- Avoid citrus.
- Avoid spicy foods - even the smells can cause nausea.
- Avoid cigarette smoke.
- Eat foods that are high in carbohydrates; crackers, toast, plain potatoes, rice.
- Eat small, frequent meals. Do not let your stomach get too empty or too full. Eat a little something every 2-3 hours. Eat before you get queasy.
- Eat crackers before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Popcorn, without salt or butter, may help settle your stomach.
- Emetrol, purchased without a prescription, can help.
- Unisom 1/2 of 25 mg tablet + Vitamin B6 25 mg twice a day can help.
- Eat a high-protein snack at bedtime.
**If you are unable to keep ANY food or liquids in your stomach for more than 48 hours, call our office.**
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