Nausea During Pregnancy

Nausea During Pregnancy

Up to 90 percent of women have some degree of nausea during pregnancy, with or without vomiting. It most commonly occurs between weeks 5 and 18, and symptoms are usually at their worst around week 9.

Although pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting are often called “morning sickness,” it can arise at any time of day, and about 80 percent of women affected feel nauseous throughout the day.

Morning Sickness Remedies

Different women find different approaches helpful:

  • Dietary changes: Eating small, frequent snacks low in fat and high in protein or carbohydrates; avoiding an empty stomach; sipping cold, clear fluids between meals
  • Avoiding nausea triggers: Bothersome odors (eg, chemicals, perfume), stuffy rooms, noise, fatigue
  • Medications: There are both over-the-counter and prescription anti-nausea drugs that are safe for pregnant women. Always consult your doctor first

Ginger for Morning Sickness

Ginger in powder and other forms (eg, capsules, extracts) has been gaining attention as a morning sickness remedy. If you are interested in trying ginger, first talk with your doctor about which forms and amounts may be appropriate to try.