What is Morning Sickness?

scwh_morning_sicknessNausea, with or without vomiting, is commonly known as “morning sickness”. However, it may occur any time of the day or night. It is unclear why some women experience morning sickness, but it is often associated with the normal hormonal changes of pregnancy, low blood sugar, over eating, slower movement of the intestines, your enlarging uterus, and emotional factors.

Rest assured, most cases of morning sickness go away by the 14th week of pregnancy.

However, if you have severe symptoms (can’t keep down any food or liquids), call our office at (770) 991-2200 to speak with the Triage Nurse or On-Call Provider.

Recommendations for Morning Sickness
  • Eat small, frequent meals (every 2 to 3 hours). Let someone else do the cooking!
  • Eat crackers or toast before you get out of bed or immediately after you get up.
  • Sip ice cold beverages such as water, Ginger ale or Sprite. Some women get relief by sucking on ice, lemon drops or frozen grapes. A splash of lemon juice in cold beverage may help.
  • Eat a protein snack just before going to bed, such as cheese & crackers, peanut butter and toast.
  • Temporarily stop your prenatal vitamins and iron supplements if this is making the morning sickness worse. Sometimes, taking your prenatal vitamin at bedtime with a snack can help.
  • Wear Sea-Bands (wrist bands for seasickness prevention), which are available at most drugstores.
  • Take ½ of a Unisom (doxylamine) 25mg tablet (Not Capsule) at bedtime with a vitamin B6, 25mg tablet.
  • Try a vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 25mg tablet, every 6 to 8 hours.

If these suggestions do not work, there are other medication options available by prescription. Please call our office at (770) 991-2200 to speak with the Triage Nurse or On-Call Provider.