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Morning Sickness During Pregnancy: When to Worry

Morning sickness is an unavoidable part of pregnancy for many women. But when does it become worrisome? We'll tell you when you should call the doctor.

Thu, 6 Feb 2014|

-Morning sickness usually presents in the first trimester of a pregnancy and most commonly it's nausea. Sometimes there's vomiting. Usually, there is food aversion. It's extremely common. And the cause is really the rapid increase in the progesterone hormone in the first trimester. Some of the first-line things will do for patients who have bad morning sickness is avoiding those food triggers, eating frequent small meals for patients who really do have it in the morning 'cause morning sickness isn't always in the morning then sometimes having a cracker or something in their stomachs before they get out of bed in the morning can be helpful. Sometimes we try ginger. Sometimes we try vitamin B6. Sometimes we try acupressure or acupuncture and then there's some over-the-counter medications like antihistamines which are really helpful like Unisom or Benadryl. And from there, we'd go to prescription medication if we needed to. Hyperemesis is when you should worry and that's when you really are having profuse vomiting. And those patients will know because even sips of liquids are gonna be hard to stay down. They're so dehydrated they don't even have any need to empty their bladder, so it is a good idea to talk to your doctor.