Medical Advice for Morning Sickness

Posted on Jul 31, 2011 | Blog Posts, Morning Sickness Remedies Category | | Print This Article

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Sometimes, you can deal with morning sickness through natural means. Basic steps, like avoiding spicy and fatty foods, keeping hydrated, or using ginger or other herbal remedies can do the trick. In other cases, you might need to talk to a doctor. Certainly, when you’re experiencing severe morning sickness with nausea and are having a hard time keeping food down, you’ll need to have that medical conversation.

So, what kinds of things is your doctor likely to tell you? What medical advice are you probably going to get about morning sickness? Here’s a sneak peak:

  • Severe morning sickness, also known as hyperemesis gravidarum, happens in around one in 50 pregnancies. You’ll know you have it because you can’t keep any food or liquid down. If that happens, there are going to be some serious medical concerns.
  • If you can’t tolerate taking liquids without vomiting and if you’re starting to show some of the symptoms of dehydration, it’s likely your doctor is going to want you to go to the hospital. There, you’ll be given an IV solution with fluids and nutrients that will help both you and your baby.
  • Morning sickness – as long as you’re still able to keep food down – isn’t a danger to your baby’s health. It’s inconvenient, and it lowers your quality of life. Ultimately, it probably doesn’t pose much danger to you or your baby.
  • In some cases, your doctor might recommend the anti-nausea medication doxylamine. This medication is not thought to be harmful to a pregnant woman or her baby. It’s also available over the counter. There are some prescription anti-nausea medications that your doctor might consider, as well, if you’re having an especially tough time with your morning sickness.

Just because most women experience morning sickness is no reason for you to just suffer through it. Talk to your doctor. There may be things that you can do to reduce its impact. There may even be solutions that are more on the lifestyle and dietary side that your doctor can offer to you that you may not have encountered elsewhere.

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