It is thought that nausea is caused by one of two things or a combination of both; increased human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG), which increases rapidly during the first trimester and the historical need for females to avoid certain foods while pregnant. Nausea usually resolves by week 13 or 14. It is often called “morning sickness” because many women feel sickest early in the morning, before getting out of bed. However, I have been the most nauseous around 4pm recently! Here are some tips I found that may help. In my case, I couldn’t stand anything ginger. I did much better getting most of my calories in early during the day and then pretty much avoiding all foods later in the day. I’ve been living on cereal and bread! I also found that wearing looser pants helped my stomach feel better later in the day. I’ve been pretty lucky so far!
- Stay hydrated
- Ginger – candies, juice, tea, cookies
- Lemon – candies, juice, tea
- Peppermint- candies, tea, inhaling from a handkerchief
- Increase Vitamin B6 intake (consult with your doctor before trying this one!)
- Try small meals every 2 hours throughout the day, right before bed and before getting up in the morning
- Increase carb intake (bread, toast, crackers, potatoes)
- Try cold treats – ice pops, ice, frozen lemonade
- Avoid smells that trigger nausea
One study that I found actually found statistical evidence to support acupressure, ginger and pyridoxine, however data on acupressure was unclear and there was insufficient evidence to support hypnosis.
Murphy, Patricia Aikins. “Alternative Therapies for Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy.” ACOG, 1998.