Coping With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

The Good News

Many women worry that frequent nausea and vomiting will harm their baby. Here's the good news -- in most cases, your baby will be just fine. In fact, some studies suggest that women with mild nausea and vomiting have fewer miscarriages than women who don't have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Even women with severe nausea and vomiting usually have healthy babies. 
So, try not to worry if you're not gaining much weight in the first trimester. For most women, the recommended weight gain is between 25 and 35 pounds for the entire pregnancy, and the majority of women are able to gain that much weight even if they have morning sickness. Just be sure to resume a healthy eating plan when your nausea and vomiting subside.
Also, try to take your prenatal vitamins to help ensure you and your baby are getting enough of the right nutrients. If your vitamins are making you more nauseated, try taking them right before you go to bed. If you absolutely cannot stomach them, be sure to take a supplement with 400 to 800 mcg of folic acid until you're at least 14 weeks pregnant. Folic acid helps reduce the risk for birth defects.

Finding Relief From Morning Sickness

You can think of the goals for treating nausea and vomiting during pregnancy as twofold -- the first, and perhaps most important, goal is to reduce your symptoms so you can eat and drink enough to gain the weight you need during your pregnancy and prevent dehydration.
The second goal is to relieve your symptoms so you feel better. Even if you're able to keep food and liquids down, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can have a negative impact on your health and well-being.
Morning sickness can wear you down, both physically and emotionally. It may interfere with your social life and your ability to go to work. As a result, it is not uncommon for women who have nausea and vomiting during pregnancy to feel isolated, depressed, and anxious. As long as you're able to eat, drink, and gain weight, the amount of relief you seek for your nausea will be a personal choice, and may depend on how much your symptoms are affecting these other areas of your life.
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