hello i wanted to know what can i take for my morning midday noon evening and night sickness. the only time i feel well is when i am sleeping. help me please i feel like i am going to die thats how sick i feel.”
That sounds awful! The good news is that the intense nausea and retching usually peaks at around the 9th week and then gets better after the first trimester, though some unlucky women have it until delivery. Until it gets better, there are a number of things you can try:
- Clinical studies have shown that a B6 supplement can reduce nausea, ask your care provider if it’s okay to take a supplement of 10 to 25 milligrams of B6 a day.
- Ginger can also help: try smelling fresh ginger or boiling a little grated ginger with honey to make tea. Some kinds of ginger ale or ginger beer sold at health food or specialty stores are made with real ginger, too—try sipping some over crushed ice.
- Make suckable preggo pops or ice cubes: pour Gatorade, ginger ale, cola or fruit juice in an ice cube tray, suck on frozen cubes to hydrate and/or replenish after a barf session.
- The smell of fresh lemon may help– shave lemon peel into a baggie and sniff. Tamarind (rumored to be one of Coca-Cola’s secret ingredients) a common remedy in parts of South Asia and Mexico– you can sometimes find it in the U.S. as juice or a paste. Other women swear by acupressure bands.
- If you suspect your prenatal vitamins are making you sick, talk to your care provider if not taking them is an option, or about switching brands.
- Scout out the private bathrooms at work and clean bathrooms on your commute.
- Avoid caffeine.
- Keep a plastic bag, paper towels and bottled water in your car in case of a spontaneous outburst.
- Sip seltzer or club soda during the day.
- Sip mild, smooth soups like miso, carrot-ginger or broth.
And finally, if you’re so sick that you can’t eat or keep anything down for 24 hours or more, or you’re losing weight, or you feel dizzy, let your health care provider know right away. You may be at risk of dehydration or malnutrition, which can be dangerous to both you and the fetus. You might have what’s called hyperemesis gravidarum (a fancy way of saying “pregnant and barfing too much”) and there are medications that can help, including an IV pump of the anti-nausea drug ondansetron.
(Here’s an excellent blog post from a mom with just such a pump.)
Our sympathies– hope you’re feeling better soon.