Many women in early pregnancy suffer from nausea and vomiting. This is most common in the morning, often just after waking up, but it can happen at all times if you are too tired or if you don’t eat enough. Vomiting usually occurs in the first month and lasts until 14th-16th week of pregnancy. It’s not strong and it’s harmless, though unplesant. In a small number of cases a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum can occur, which causes the body to lose liquid and chemical substances and, hence, it is dangerous to general health condition.
Vomiting affects about 1 out of 15 pregnant women, while hyperemesis gravidarum occurs in 0.5% of pregnant women (who have this problems with vomiting). Vomiting is most common during the first pregnancy.
What to do?
If you have started vomiting in pregnancy, avoid greasy foods and eat more often, i.e. a lot of small meals instead of just a few abundant ones. If you feel nauseous when you wake up, try to eat a cookie or cracker before you get up. Never take medicines against nausea or vomiting without a doctor’s advice. If vomiting is very troublesome, go to your doctor. He will examine you, check whether the vomiting affects the health condition, and then determine whether vomiting is the result of an illness, e.g. urinary tract infection (although the last possibility is unlikely).
Perhaps the examination itself may encourage you to reconcile with this symptom until it finally disappears. Otherwise, your doctor will prescribe a remedy for vomiting. Hyperemesis requires hospitalization, using remedies for vomiting, and giving fluids and chemical substances with infusion.