Although nausea related to pregnancy is often called morning sickness, it can occur at any time during the day. According to the Mayo Clinic, nausea can occur as early as 3 weeks after conception. Bouts of nausea happen more frequently during the first trimester of pregnancy, but they can last throughout the entire pregnancy. The cause of nausea varies, but may include rising levels of estrogen and progesterone and a heightened sense of smell.
Avoid eating large meals daily and instead opt for small, frequent meals. The rising levels of estrogen and progesterone can cause the stomach to empty at a slower pace, so eating smaller meals can aid with digestion. Stay away from foods that increase your sense of nausea.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration can worsen the feelings of nausea. Consuming small amounts of beverages with caffeine, such as iced tea or coffee, can help with nausea. The Mayo Clinic indicates that some health care providers typically recommend consuming less than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day during pregnancy.
Consume ginger, which can reduce feelings of nausea. If eating raw ginger is unappealing, try drinking ginger tea or ginger ale. Eating a handful of ginger candy is another option.
Avoid scents that induce nausea. Miriam Erick, author of “Managing Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide for Pregnant Women,” explains in a Parents.com article that the higher levels of estrogen that occur during pregnancy can make women more sensitive to smells. She suggests taking a whiff of a fresh scent, such as lemon or rosemary, when a scent is making you nauseous.
Try alternative therapies to relieve and prevent morning sickness. Talk to your doctor about motion sickness bands, acupuncture or hypnosis.
Talk to your health care provider about pharmaceuticals and prescriptions that aid in nausea prevention and relief.