Nausea & Vomiting in Pregnancy
- Avoid dehydration – dry lips, thirst, reduced urinary output are signs that fluid intake is inadequate or traces of ketones on urine sticks.
- If difficult to drink large amounts of water, drinking regular small amounts is recommended.
- Potato soup daily – good as is very bland
- Veg or chicken broths also good
- Peppermint/ginger tea – not more than 3 cups per day
- If belching relieves nausea, take carbonated drinks, especially ginger are good
- Sucking on ice cubes or watery fruits such as melons or pears
- Small regular snacks to keep blood sugar levels stable, this may mean eating every 2 hrs
- Snack on fruit/nuts
- Avoid sugary foods as to avoid slump in blood sugar levels
- Slow release carbs are good such as fruit, baked potato, pasta & rice.
- Every person is different in relation to foods so try to see what works best for you.
- Apple cider vinegar: 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, fill cup with boiling water & add honey to taste.
- Ginger ale/ginger tea – grate a thumbnail size of ginger, steep in boiling water for 10 mins & add honey to taste (do not exceed 3 cups per day)
- Chamomile tea
- Mineral water with lemon juice.
- Baby rice
- Dried fruit – especially apricots & raisons
- Egg sandwiches
- Yeast extract
- Potatos (in any form)
- Commercial baby food
- White bread
As a general rule, eat from these lists unless these foods disagree with you. Consider the foods you would give to an 8 month old baby as these easy to digest so gentle on the digestive system.
E.g. baked vegetables, cooked and raw fruits, well-cooked grains & soups.
If possible & you need to rest, rest!
Smells: due to heightened sensitivity.
- Burn peppermints oil in bedroom/vanilla essence in the kitchen
- Natural smells such as lemon can be useful in the kitchen or even if this means carrying a lemon with you!
Antiemetics – combined with Acupuncture:
Take in between treatments as soon as nausea returns, see doctor before use.
Information from this piece has been taken from:
Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth – Debra Betts