Hyperemesis gravidarum

  • Excessive, uncontrolled nausea and vomiting during pregnancy
  • May affect the entire body
  • Symptoms may include frequent and persistent vomiting, nausea, tiredness and dizziness
  • Cause unknown
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • More common in the first months of pregnancy
  • More common in younger females
  • May be mild to severe

  • Avoid solid foods until you have stopped vomiting
  • Before getting out of bed in the morning, eat a few crackers or dry toast
  • Before going to bed at night, eat a high protein snack
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals
  • Suck on hard candy, particularly ginger flavor
  • Wear acupressure wrist bands

 

FOR NAUSEA

  • Drink clear or ice-cold drinks (avoid drinks high in sugar)
  • Eat light, bland foods (crackers or plain bread)
  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods
  • Eat slowly and eat smaller, more frequent meals
  • Do not mix hot and cold foods
  • Avoid activity after eating
  • Over-the-counter medicine (refer to manufacturer’s recommendations for dosage):
    • Diphenhydramine
    • Cyclizine
    • Dimenhydrinate
    • Meclizine

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