The treatment of morning sickness involves:
- Get as much rest as possible.
- Try to avoid stress.
- Eat frequent small meals, every 2 hours.
- Meals high in protein and carbohydrates are considered best.
- The foods should also be easily digestible. Spicy foods usually worsen the problem.
- Cold foods have less smell, and some women are much more sensitive to smell in pregnancy.
- Snack foods can include soft bread, salty chips, sour pickles, crackers and fruit juices.
- Do not drink liquids for 30 minutes before eating.
- Simple antacids may be used for heartburn.
- Ginger root and slippery elm have not yet been proven safe.
- The use of a medical like Diclectin® may be necessary. Diclectin® is considered safe in pregnancy.
Diclectin® is taken usually before bed at night so that it will be working by morning. The dose is 2 tablets. If this does not help, then 1 tablet can be added in the morning, and 1 tablet in the afternoon.
Hints for Reducing Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy:
- Eat crackers 15 minutes before getting up in the morning.
- Eat frequent small meals every 2 hours.
- Avoid drinking liquids 1/2 hour before meals or 1/2 hour after meals.
- Drink plenty of fluids between meals to prevent dehydration.
- Eat slowly and do not lie down after eating.
- Do not skip meals needlessly.
- Avoid spicy food.
- Avoid fried food, especially if you fry it yourself.
- If odors bother you, try to have good ventilation in the kitchen.
- Try eating cold food instead of hot (cold food does not have as much smell).
- Do not hesitate to eat when you feel you can.