For how long will my nausea last?
Morning sickness usually starts anywhere between Week 4 to Week 9 of the pregnancy. It usually escalates between Week 7 to Week 12. For most women, the condition improves and the morning sickness starts disappearing between Week 12 to Week 16. Among some women, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy would last for several weeks or months, and some will endure it throughout the whole pregnancy.
The taste and smell of meat make me nauseated. Sometimes just thinking about meat evokes the will to vomit. Is that normal?
It is normal to have aversions to meat and chicken. Some women cannot even tolerate strong tasting and / or smelling vegetables or beverages. Studies have suggested that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is a natural protective mechanism and may protect mothers and their unborn babies from harmful toxins.
I don’t have an appetite, I can hardly put anything in my mouth. Am I endangering my fetus?
Do not worry: your fetus gets all its nourishment needs from you. Studies prove that there is no danger for or a negative impact on the baby. Losing weight can also suggest dehydration; therefore, it is crucial that you try to eat and drink whatever you can, even in very small quantities. If you lost weight, and if you are still worried, it is recommended to consult with your gynecologist.
I can’t hold the fluids I drink in my stomach. I am worried about dehydration, what can I do?
It is important that you are aware of the risk. If you think you are in danger of becoming dehydrated, contact your gynecologist or go to the nearest emergency room.
In order to increase your fluids consumption:
- Try eating a popsicle or shredded ice, or drink a shake or a slushie.
- Drink sports beverages or water enriched with vitamins.
- Consult your doctor about saline solutions (electrolytes) sold in pharmacies. Try adding the solution to a soup, a beverage or even jelly, according to the permitted dosage.
I have a large amount of saliva accumulating in my mouth, more than before the pregnancy. What can do?
It is not pleasant, but it is not that bad. The excess saliva may be caused by the pregnancy, or by increased acidity. Treating the increased acidity may reduce the amount of saliva. If you have a lot of saliva accumulating in your mouth, you can spit it out and use mouthwash to rinse it more often. Swallowing excess saliva may worsen morning sickness.
I vomit many hours after I eat. What is the reason for that and what should I do?
During pregnancy, the level of hormones in your body increases and digestion is slower. Subsequently, you mau feel that the food “sits in your stomach” and that you need to take it out. Consult with your gynecologist regarding treatment options for improving digestion.
I am missing a lot of work. Is this common?
Yes. Many women, who suffer from nausea & vomit during pregnancy and feel bad or are worried that the symptoms will affect their performance at work, take advantage of vacation or sick leave to stay at home.
Can an emotional state affect my morning sickness?
Indeed, it can. Stress, depression, anger and fatigue may worsen the nausea. Therefore, it is important that you find and adopt ways to help you cope with your emotions and with fatigue. Click here for additional information regarding the correlation between nausea & vomiting and emotional state.
I feel better, the nausea decreased, should I continue with the changes in my nutrition?
Yes. Try and keep eating small portions of food on a regular basis and add protein foods to every meal. This will help you balance the sugar levels in your blood throughout the pregnancy. Make sure you take breaks to rest. Remember, morning sickness may return or worsen when you are hungry, when your stomach is empty for long periods of time or when you eat large amounts of food.
My morning sickness stopped on the 14th week. Now I am on the 27th week and the morning sickness reoccurred. Is that normal?
Careful! There is a concern that this time your nausea has another source. Consult with your gynecologist urgently.