Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do if you’re unlucky during your first trimester during pregnancy and can’t stop vomiting. If you consult your doctor, he will probably let you know that it’s a normal symptom and will go away by 12-14 weeks.
However, there are certain things you can do to minimise your vomiting and make you feel better during the day.
Below is some advice from other mothers that experienced the same problems:
- Eat a few crackers when you wake up and then stay in bed for a few minutes before you get up to have your breakfast
- Eat little and often during the day and avoid spicy food
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Try ginger biscuits or brew some fresh ginger in warm water and drink. Other suggestions include ginger juice mixed with honey or ginger with lemon tea.
- Find out what foods trigger your vomiting and avoid them
- Go out for a walk in the fresh air when feeling nauseous
- Distract your mind
- Don’t eat and drink at the same time
- Try peeling a lemon and smelling the skin when you feel the urge to vomit. This is also helpful if you if feel sick when travelling in a car.
- Mix a pinch of powdered clove with honey
- Eating gooseberries may help with vomiting during pregnancy
- Drink roasted and powdered Bengal gram mixed in water
- Drinking basil juice mixed with honey may prevent vomiting
- Drink mint and lemon juice to stop vomiting
- Boil coriander seeds and leaves and drink the water slowly
- Eating onion with honey
- Sprinkle pepper and salt over some ginger and slowly suck the ginger
- Sucking some ice may provide some relief
- Mix half spoon lemon juice and a pinch of cumin and cinnamon in a glass of water. Drink throughout the day.
- Roast clove leafs and smell the aroma to stop vomiting sensation
- Grind black pepper and onion and drink the juice to stop vomiting
- Boil cloves and a pinch of cinnamon and drink the water.
Check with your healthcare provider before you try any of these natural treatments, as they may be contraindicated for your situation. Also, stop immediately if you experience any side-effects. Unfortunately, in your situation, you may just have to think positive and wait patiently until the severe symptoms go away. In most cases, nausea and vomiting disappear after the first trimester.
Rest assured that although vomiting may cause short-term nutrient deficiencies, these will not affect your baby, as your body has enough reserves to sustain development for a short period. Furthermore, you may be able to keep food down at some point during the day, so try to eat a balanced diet then.