In most cases, nausea and vomiting in pregnancy are mild, not harmful, and end by the 18th week of pregnancy. Rarely will nausea and vomiting continue into the third trimester (beyond 26 weeks). Some cases are more severe and are called hyperemesis gravidarum. Hyperemesis may cause you to vomit multiple times throughout the day, lose weight, and may require a visit to the hospital. Call our office or our after-hours phone number at (404) 487-2450 to report this condition.
Anyone can have nausea during pregnancy, but women with a history of nausea and vomiting in a previous pregnancy and women having twins or triplets are at greater risk.
It is best to eat frequent, small meals instead of three large meals. Avoid spicy or fatty foods and avoid an empty stomach by keeping crackers at your bedside table. It helps to eat them before you get out of bed in the morning.
Other helpful hints include:
To further decrease symptoms:
Be sure to discuss your vitamins with your provider, as they can be adjusted if they are aggravating your symptoms.
Over-the-counter remedies include: