Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy


The term morning sickness doesn’t quite cover it when you are sick morning, noon and night or when nausea hits you every evening. Let’s face it; morning sickness should really be renamed. Actually a growing number of health authorities are calling it “nausea and vomiting in pregnancy” (NVP) instead.

The facts of the matter are these; 80% of pregnant women experience some sort of nausea during pregnancy and 50-55% of pregnant women experience episodes of vomiting on a daily basis.

The good news is that nausea during pregnancy usually passes once you are 12 weeks. However, some pregnant women (approximately 20%) do experience nausea longer than 12 weeks or throughout their entire pregnancy.

So what can you do to make it through this unpleasant side effect of pregnancy?

  • Try carrying around a slice of lemon – some women find that sniffing lemon helps to settle their stomach.
  • Try wearing a set of anti-nausea wrist bands.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals and snack more often. An empty stomach always makes nausea worse.
  • Carry some soda crackers and mints with you at all times.
  • Eat stomach-friendly foods: rice cakes, soda crackers, bagels, pasta, cereal, oatmeal, bananas, potatoes, avocados, yogurt, mint, ginger, carbonated mineral water with lemon
  • Get as much rest as possible and try to avoid stress or find ways to distress. Stress can make nausea worse.

Here is one of my favourite nausea fighting drink recipes:

Cranberry Mint Spritzer

In a large juice jug mix:

1 ltr ocean spray cran-apple juice

2 cans soda water or ginger ale

1/2 lemon cut into wedges

a bundle of fresh mint(preferably peppermint), left on stock (approx. 15-20 stocks)

Place in fridge for a few hours, serve over ice with a fresh lemon wedge.

For more information, support and ways to cope with morning sickness/NVP check out Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy Forum.

December 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment


One Response to “Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy”

  1. “Eliminate Nausea Now” self-hypnosis session from http://www.Hypnobabies.com

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