My wife is in early pregnancy stages, and is nauseous. I would say extraordinarily so, but I can't exactly compare. She is so while at work, and also from 6pm to after midnight. The morning, oddly isn't so bad for her.

We've tried removing to cool air, are currently trying Unisom (which isn't appropriate for the office), and ginger tea with actual ginger. The former didn't seem to work so far, the latter at least keeps her hydrated but hasn't strongly reduced the symptoms, and the Unisom is a sleep aid so it just can't be applied all the time.

Could anyone recommend something they think might help provide relief from nausea?

update Does anyone think that lying down for most of the evening would worsen nausea? We seem to think it shouldn't but it would be worth considering anything we can change.

asked 06 Nov '09, 05:47

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Here are some relief suggestions for nausea that you could try if you haven't already, taken from babycentre UK

For more detailed reading and information, try Morning sickness; Causes, concerns and treatments

Good Luck!

• Eat small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day so your stomach is never empty. Some women find that carbohydrates are most appealing when they feel nauseated, but one small study found that high-protein foods were more likely to ease symptoms.

• Keep simple snacks, such as crackers, by your bed. When you first wake up, nibble a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting up. Snacking on crackers may also help you feel better if you wake up nauseated in the middle of the night.

By the way, getting up slowly in the morning – sitting on the bed for a few minutes rather than jumping right up – may also be helpful.

• Try to avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea. If that seems like almost everything, it's okay to eat the few things that do appeal to you for this part of your pregnancy, even if they don't add up to a perfectly balanced diet.

It might also help to stick to bland foods. Also try to eat food cold or at room temperature, because food tends to have a stronger aroma when it's hot.

• Avoid fatty foods, which take longer to digest. Also steer clear of rich, spicy, acidic, and fried foods, which can irritate your digestive system.

• Try drinking fluids mostly between meals. And don't drink so much at one time that your stomach feels full, as that will make you less hungry for food. A good strategy is to sip fluids frequently throughout the day. You might find cold, carbonated beverages easiest to keep down.

• Watch for non-food triggers, too. A warm or stuffy room, the smell of heavy perfume, a car ride, or even certain visual stimuli, like flickering lights, might set you off. Avoidance of triggers can become an important part of your treatment.

• Nausea can become worse if you're tired, so give yourself time to relax and take naps if you can. Watching a movie (preferably not one about food!) or visiting with a friend can help relieve stress and take your mind off your discomfort.


answered 06 Nov '09, 10:18

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Thanks, I found a similar list once; the only item that thankfully doesn't apply is the "getting up" one. She feels worst in the evening. Bland food => plain rice, though she's really into fruit as it's cool.

(06 Nov '09, 11:01) dlamblin

I sucked on peppermints or chewed gum. The mint flavor seemed to calm my stomach or just kept my mind off it :)! I also sucked on Prego Pops (a lollipop like candy).


answered 06 Nov '09, 07:38

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Could you describe these popsicles, why they work and maybe link to a reference for them?

(06 Nov '09, 09:50) dlamblin

i think they make the prego pops with ginger, however, i found they didn't really work. i mean, they were tasty, but i still felt nauseous and vomited often :(

(06 Nov '09, 17:35) DazedandConfused

Prego Pops: I know you can get them at Motherhood Maternity if you have that store near you:

My sister lived off of these while she was pregnant.

(07 Nov '09, 08:04) Sabrina

Thanks; just so anyone's not confused, they're better found by the name "Preggie Pops"

(09 Nov '09, 06:35) dlamblin

If your doctor is willing to prescribe zofran, I'd recommend trying it out. It's an antiemetic that, in our experience, has fewer side effects (particularly sedation) than some of the others like phenergan.

My wife had severe nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, to the point where she was couch-bound for four months and hooked up to an IV pole. She received reglan, zofran, phenergan, and benadryl via the IV for about three of those, which thankfully stopped the vomiting.

Preggie pops were recommended to us, and they helped at the very beginning. If you're having to use them all day every day, though, be warned that they cut her mouth up quite a bit, as they're hard candies.


answered 06 Nov '09, 17:55

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Wow, I'm hoping it won't get to an IV level of dehydration. That sounds terrible.

(07 Nov '09, 07:11) dlamblin

Ginger candy. It helps!


answered 06 Nov '09, 14:52

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Ginger is magic!

(06 Nov '09, 15:44) Dinah

May I ask if you tried actual ginger? Perhaps with a method of making it into tea? For some reason she's not happy with the candy aspect.

(07 Nov '09, 07:06) dlamblin

You can actually buy sticks of ginger and suck on it like you would candy as well. My sister-in-law did this, she gave me some, but I never actually tried it.

(07 Nov '09, 08:06) Sabrina

I haven't tried actual ginger, but I've heard that a ginger tea-basically adding ginger to hot water and lemon would work too.

(07 Nov '09, 19:43) Michelle

Actual ginger burns my tongue, but we sliced about a teaspoon into some water with sugar and honey and microwaved it. It helped, but only for under one hour. At least it reminds her to consume liquids.

(09 Nov '09, 06:37) dlamblin

In my experience, if its milder nausea then constant snacking really helps - forget regular meals and just make sure she grazes all day long. Giving your stomach something to do constantly means its upset a lot less. If its more severe nausea then she should investigate a perscription for Diclectin. It's very safe, very effective and it often means the difference between misery and enjoying the pregnancy.


answered 06 Nov '09, 15:40

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I found for me that Vitamin Water XXX flavor worked best for me, it is loaded with B vitamins which is a natural anti-nausea remedy, it also has sugar and calories which helped me also because I was so sick I just needed every calorie I could get!


answered 15 Nov '09, 02:18

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Great answer! Thank you!

(15 Nov '09, 03:13) Scott ♦♦

Sandra Steingraber looked at a lot of research on morning sickness in her excellent book Having Faith. She says that research finds that a "relief is often found in novel, highly flavored foods rather than in retreat to familiar bland ones. If there is a single food strongly favored by sick pregnant is tomatoes." In general she found that women's solutions vary and are highly individual. Often women seek out foods they would usually shun. Steigraber herself, a long-time vegetarian, found that the only foods she could stomach were pork chops and cole slaw. She also found that nausea is usually more often triggered by smell than taste - hence cold foods being more palatable than hot ones. The sense of smell is enhanced during pregnancy.


answered 06 Nov '09, 14:22

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She is definitely more sensitive to smell; I have to shower twice daily now (maybe I always should have) and I clean out the garbage and kitchen, air the apartment even though it's winter, etc.

(07 Nov '09, 07:08) dlamblin

showering twice daily! I know I shouldn't find that funny, but it kinda is. I hope she feels better soon. I am sure you its just the heightened sense of smell.

(07 Nov '09, 19:44) Michelle

that should read, I'm sure you know its just the heightened sense of smell.

(07 Nov '09, 19:45) Michelle

Thanks, I offered tomatoes and got taken up on 1/4 of a regular organic one, and 2 hours later, 1/8 of a beefsteak tomato. If only there were some logic to the nausea, like looking at the horizon when on a boat etc.

(09 Nov '09, 06:41) dlamblin

Ginger ale and banana whip (but not at the same time)

What's banana whip? Our name for a banana smoothie. 2 bananas, about a cup of milk, ice, and some Splenda (or sugar) in a blender. Sorry for not having better measurements. I've been doing it by sight for so long I've forgotten the actual measurements.

This is good for nausea because:

  • bananas settle stomachs for a lot of people
  • you can get a little substance into you when you can't otherwise keep much down
  • worst case scenario: if it doesn't work, it comes back up really painlessly

Banana whip is also great for when you get your wisdom teeth removed :)

Also, your stomach is in an acidic and excitable state. Our OB suggested:

  • Between meals: drink lots of liquids to keep your stomach full and so you don't have an empty acidic stomach
  • During meals: drink very little liquids so they don't reflux too high (wrong term, but I forgot what they actually said)

answered 06 Nov '09, 15:44

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When I was pregnant and flying an airline stewardess recommended ginger ale and she was very specific in telling me to drink it warm (which seemed gross to me because I love cold soda, but I tried it and it did help). I think carbonation mixed with the ginger was the trick for me.

I also found that saltine crackers helped me A LOT!


answered 07 Nov '09, 08:12

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edited 07 Nov '09, 12:48

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Thanks, she tried both and seems to prefer tea as it's mostly too sweet. It's even sweeter warm.

(09 Nov '09, 06:43) dlamblin

I found that going for a walk or swim helped. I felt nauseous again shortly after I stopped walking/swimming, but at least I got some relief and some exercise! As for lying down for most of the evening, I found it helpful. The more tired I was, the more nauseous I felt.


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