Morning sickness should be viewed positively, as it indicates high circulating pregnancy hormones. It should gradually resolve on its own within the first 12-14 weeks of your pregnancy. Should you experience a severe episode in which you are unable to keep anything down for 24-36 hours, call the office. A urine sample may be obtained to test for ketones. Ketones are a breakdown product that would indicate you might be in need of some rehydration. This might mean intravenous fluids for a short period of time or some prescriptions to help control the nausea. Just remember, morning sickness is temporary!
Increase Your Water Intake By Doing The Following:
- Drink a glass of water each time you void, particularly at night.
- Drink a glass of water with each meal.
- Try to drink at least one glass of water between or after each meal, in addition to that which you drink after voiding.
- Take a Vitamin B-6, 50mg orally two times daily.
- Keep gingersnaps, saltine crackers, or pretzels by your bed.
- In general, avoid fried and fatty foods. Occasionally, avoidance of dairy products helps with the nausea.
- Take in fresh air. You may want to crack a window during your worst time of the day for nausea.