Nausea/Vomiting During Pregnancy

Nausea during pregnancy (with or without vomiting) is extremely common. Most nausea is caused by an empty stomach, so eating a small, bland snack every 2-3 hours is often most effective for combating pregnancy-related nausea.

If vomiting does occur, try to drink clear liquids (juice or Gatorade diluted with water, popsicles, water) and eat a bland diet (avoid spicy, fattening or acidic foods).

IF YOU HAVE BEEN VOMITING FOR MORE THAN 24 HOURS AND ARE UNABLE TO KEEP DOWN LIQUIDS, PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE

Natural treatments for nausea include:

  • GINGER - sold as candy (Trader Joe's/Whole Foods), pickled ginger (as seen served with sushi) or even ginger snap cookies
  • PEPPERMINT - mint candy or gum, especially in the morning
  • SEA BANDS (WRISTBANDS FOR MOTION SICKNESS) - use pressure points located on the wrist to relieve nausea
  • VITAMIN B-6 (PYRIDOXINE) - 50 mg daily can help relieve nausea of early pregnancy. Available as lozenges or candy but may need to be ordered by pharmacist.

Safer, over-the-counter medications for nausea include:

  • BONINE (MECLIZINE) - medication used for motion sickness
  • UNISOM (DOXYLAMINE SUCCINATE) - antihistamine that can help pregnancy-related nausea. Take half of a tablet 2-3 times daily as needed for nausea. Most effective when taken with VITAMIN B-6.
  • EMETROL - sugar solution that can sometimes settle stomach
  • TUMS (CALCIUM CARBONATE) - antacid/heartburn medication that can help relieve nausea