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Morning Sickness: Pregnancy Nausea & Vomiting 

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Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, especially in early pregnancy, are very common.  Though it is called "morning sickness," it can occur at any time of the day.  Usually, this is not harmful to the baby, but it can have a serious effect on your life, including your ability to work or do your normal daily activities. 
 
It usually starts before 9 weeks of pregnancy and will typically subside by the 14th week.  Occasionally, it can last for months and in a few, the entire pregnancy. The following conditions may increase the risk of severe nausea and vomiting (Hyperemesis Gravidarum):
  • Being pregnant with more than one baby (twins or triplets)
  • Previous pregnancy with severe nausea and vomiting
  • A family history of severe nausea or vomiting
  • A history of migraines or motion sickness
  • Being pregnant with a baby girl
 
Other conditions can cause nausea and vomiting but not be specifically from the pregnancy, for example, ulcers, food allergies, thyroid dysfunction, and gallbladder disease.
 
Diet and lifestyle changes may help you feel better. We recommend:  
  • Use a prenatal vitamin
  • Try eating dry toast or crackers in the morning before you get out of bed to avoid moving around on an empty stomach
  • Drink fluids often
  • Avoid smells that bother you
  • Eat small frequent meals instead of three large meals
  • Try more bland foods
  • Try ginger ale (made with real ginger), ginger tea, candies or capsules
 
If the nausea and vomiting becomes too much of a problem, then you doctor may prescribe medication for you and occasionally if that is unsuccessful a brief hospitalization may be needed to provide extra fluids and medication intravenously that can help.