Morning Sickness

Morning Sickness, Nausea and Vomiting

Pregnant_woman2Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is often referred to as morning sickness. The majority of pregnant women will at some time during their pregnancy develop nausea and vomiting. This is sometimes known as morning sickness, but it can occur during any time of the day. Typically, this occurs during the first trimester and stops by the second trimester. It is caused by the elevating hormones that are developing as the pregnancy grows. Once the hormone stops increasing, then the nausea will most likely go away.

It is also common to have changes in how you smell and taste which can cause some of your nausea or morning sickness. If you find that food odors add to your morning sickness and nausea, take care to avoid cooking with foods that have strong odors such as onions, garlic and anything else that might leave a lingering smell in the house long after it has been cooked. This will lessen your nausea. You can also take care to keep the windows open and run fans when you are cooking to help eliminate lingering smells.

When you are experiencing a bout of morning sickness, you can try some homeopathic remedies such as sniffing a tissue dipped in lemon or ginger oil. You might also want to drink some ginger ale, or make some ginger and warm water drink which can help to settle your nausea quickly. .


  • Eating dry crackers or toast before getting out of bed.
  • Eating small, frequent bland snacks.
  • Sip carbonated drinks such as ginger ale.
  • For some women sour foods, pickles or citrus fruits relieve the foul taste.
  • Strong mints may help foul taste.
  • Oral hygiene can help relieve sour taste.
  • Avoid smells that trigger nausea, coffee and tobacco.
  • Avoid spicy or foul smelling foods.
  • Restrict large amounts of fatty foods.
  • Use of complimentary medicines, such as an acupuncture wrist band

For women with prolonged nausea that goes on for many days and you are not able to drink fluids, concerns for dehydration should be evaluated by your healthcare provider. Some women need medication or fluids given intravenously to help relieve on-going nausea. If you have not been able to keep fluids down or start to lose weight you should seek immediate advice from your healthcare provider.

Some women will develop a more severe form of nausea in pregnancy called hyperemesis gravidarum, which requires immediate treatment from your health care provider.