Women's Health Texas – Austin


Tips from our Austin OBGYNs for managing morning sickness, nausea and vomiting

Morning sickness isn’t an entirely accurate term for the nausea and vomiting that many women experience during pregnancy. These sick feelings can occur at any time of the day or night. You may begin to feel ill before the ninth week of pregnancy, and begin to feel better by week 14, or the second trimester of pregnancy. Our Austin OBGYNs realize that this pregnancy problem is uncomfortable and even miserable, so they have some tips for managing morning sickness.

Managing morning sickness, nausea and vomiting with dietary changes

Choosing foods more carefully helps with controlling morning sickness. Here are some ideas to try to help quell your nausea and vomiting.

  • Try the BRAT diet, which includes bananas, rice, applesauce and toast.
  • Eat high protein, low-fat foods.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, clear soft drinks or weak tea.
  • Avoid greasy and spicy foods.

Timing is everything

Managing the timing of meals and snacks is a good way to avoid problems. For example, you shouldn’t rush through the morning. Instead, lie in bed and nibble on a cracker, dry cereal or toast as soon as you wake up. Then, get out of bed slowly.

As the day goes on, try to have more frequent and smaller meals. Try drinking fluids before and after meals, but not while eating. At night, a time when many women feel sickest, you should eat bland foods and avoid making or being around foods with odors that can trigger nausea. Keep dry snacks by your bedside so that you can nibble if you wake up feeling sick during the night.

Treating the sickness gingerly

Ginger is a popular spice for managing morning sickness. It is available in lollipops, capsules, candies, ginger ale and ginger tea. Here are some other specific food items that other pregnant women suggest.

  • Dairy products like ice cream, milk or yogurt
  • Protein shakes
  • Lemons
  • Flavored ice pops
  • Peppermint tea
  • Pretzels

If you experience severe nausea and vomiting, cannot keep down fluids and feel dehydrated, or are losing weight, reach out to our Austin OBGYNs. Managing morning sickness is usually a short-term problem, but if you need more help, our highly trained physicians and staff are here to help you have a healthy pregnancy. Contact us for an appointment.