Anything to Alleviate Morning Sickness?

QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
One of the ladies that I work with has extremely severe "morning" sickness all day long. Is there anything that she can do alleviate that? I am concerned because she has already lost about 5 pounds in the last week from getting sick. Thank you.

ANSWER

Sorry to hear she is so sick. Severe morning sickness resulting in dehydration will require a more aggressive treatment, but typical morning sickness (nausea and/or occasional vomiting) often is helped by some simple techniques. The things I suggest for m/s include:

  • Drinking buckets of water
  • Vitamin B6 (either 100 mg tablets every day, or injections every two weeks)
  • Anything with ginger (ginger snaps, ginger ale, fresh ginger)
  • Putting food in your stomach every two hours (whatever will stay put)
  • Keeping saltines next to your bed and eating them when you are up in the night and before you get out of bed in the morning
  • Anti-seasickness wrist bands
  • Yoga or other relaxation techniques
  • Plenty of exercise.

If none of those work, there are medications. If she is *really* sick and is not an "uptight" person, you might ask her if there are any twins in her family or her husband's!

-- Cynthia, CNM

Comments

i dont know if your still

i dont know if your still exsperiencing sickness but i was sick 24 7 and cudnt leave my house i litterally cudnt keep my vitimans down or anything if it is really bad where you cant control or none of those remedies worked then try diclectin it really saved my life i just took one before bed and one right when i woke up and i was prfect!! i cudnt even keep crackers down tho so if you can actually work without it but if you cant then i talk to your doctor because this stuff is amazing and 100 percent safe iv known many woman who have taken it and had it approved by like 8 doctors so i hope your feeling better and good luck to you

Cynthia Flynn

Cynthia Flynn, CNM. PhD, is the General Director of the Family Health and Birth Center which provides prenatal, birth, postnatal, gynecological and primary health care to underserved women and their families in Washington, D.C. Recently Cynthia served as Associate Professor of Nursing at Seattle University. There she not only taught, but remained in full scope clinical midwifery practice at Valley Medical Center where she cared for pregnant and birthing women, and practices well-woman gynecology, family planning, and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.

Cynthia founded Columbia Women's Clinic and Birth Center, where she took care of pregnant women and infants up to two weeks of age and attended both birth center and hospital births. Before Cynthia earned her CNM, she worked as a registered nurse in labor and delivery and postpartum and is a certified Doula and Doula trainer.