Nausea and Vomiting
It is common for women to experience nausea and vomiting (morning sickness), during the first 16 weeks of pregnancy. Although common in the morning, morning sickness can actually happen at any time of the day.
For 80% of women, it stops around week 12; however, some women may suffer from morning sickness until the end of the pregnancy.
Tips to manage nausea and vomiting
- get up slowly and avoid lying down right after eating
- eat small, frequent meals
- avoid spicy, fatty and fried foods
- avoid drinks that are cold, tart or sweet
- drink plenty of fluids, sipping often rather than in large amounts
- try eating cold meals to avoid food smells
- ask for extra help – if someone else can cook
- have fresh air in the bedroom while resting and in the kitchen while cooking
- get plenty of rest because tiredness can make nausea worse
- wear loose clothing around your chest and waist
If you do vomit, rinse your mouth with water. You can also use a fluoride mouth rinse. This will help protect your teeth from the damage of stomach acids.
Severe nausea and vomiting in pregnancy
Some women experience severe nausea and vomiting (occurring more than 2-3 per day) which can lead to dehydration.
Symptoms of moderate dehydration may include:
- being a lot more thirsty than usual
- dizziness when you stand or sit
- having much darker urine than usual
- passing little to no urine for 8 hours or more
The lack of food, fluids and nutrients can be harmful to your health and the well-being of your baby. Make sure you talk to your health care professional.
We offer clinics that provide care, counseling and education for those experiencing severe nausea and vomiting during their pregnancy.
Speak to your doctor or call the clinic directly to see if these services may be appropriate for you.
Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy Clinics
Abbotsford Regional Hospital
32900 Marshall Road, Abbotsford
604.851.4700 local 642242
Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre
9750 140th Street, Surrey
Royal Columbian Hospital
330 East Columbia Street, New Westminster