Nausea or feeling sick to your stomach is often called morning sickness. Some women also have heartburn or a burning sensation in their stomach, throat or chest. This is common during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. If you were in good health before pregnancy, your baby will not be affected by morning sickness. To improve your signs:
- Eat smaller meals more often instead of 3 large meals to avoid an empty stomach. Keep toast, saltine crackers, pretzels or dry cereal by your bedside. It may help to eat before you get out of bed in the morning.
- Drink liquids between meals, but not during meals.
- Take sips of clear liquids such as soft drinks, apple juice, tea or broth, or small amounts of Jell-0 when vomiting occurs. As nausea passes, increase liquids to a ½ cup or 120 milliliters every hour.
- Avoid lying down, sleeping or exercising for 1 hour after eating.
- Avoid high fat, fried, spicy, acidic or greasy foods. Avoid caffeine.
- Sleep with your head raised up on a pillow.
- When bending over, bend at your knees and not your waist.
Keep notes of when vomiting occurs and anything that makes it worse, such as certain foods, odors, activities or stress. Share this information with your doctor.
Call your doctor right away if you:
- Cannot keep liquids or food down for 24 hours.
- Have stomach pain, fever, dizziness, severe weakness or feel faint.
- Have a weight loss of more than 5 to 10 pounds or 2 to 5 kilograms.
- Have very dark yellow urine or do not urinate for long periods.
These are signs that your body does not have enough fluid. This can be harmful to both you and your baby if untreated. An IV (intravenous) with fluids and nutrients may need to be given. Your doctor may order over the counter or prescription medicines.