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Coping with Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy (5457)

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Coping with Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy

Nausea and vomiting are two common complaints of early pregnancy. The exact cause is
unknown, but many factors add to this problem. Increased hormones affect areas in the brain
that deal with nausea and vomiting. Other factors may be low blood sugar and the effect of
pregnancy hormones on stomach emptying. While it is a hard part of early pregnancy, it is a sign
that your body is going through some normal changes.

Helpful Tips

• Eat small amounts of food every 2-3
• Eat low fat, high protein foods (lean
meat, skinless poultry, eggs, broiled or
boiled fish, mozzarella or string cheese)
and carbohydrates that are easy to digest
(fruit, fruit juices, rice, pasta, potatoes,
dry cereals, toast or crackers). This will
help avoid low blood sugar.
• Drink liquids between meals rather than
with meals.
• Avoid milk or use it in small amounts.
• Eat lightly seasoned foods; salt to taste.
• Sit upright after meals to lessen gastric
• Have a snack before going to bed.
• Before getting out of bed in the morning,
eat a piece of bread, a few crackers,
some cheese, or nuts.
• Get out of bed slowly and avoid sudden
• Avoid brushing teeth right after eating.
• Slowly sip a carbonated drink or water
when feeling nauseous.

• When cooking, open windows or use the
exhaust fan to get rid of odors.
• Drink ginger root and peppermint teas.
Avoid chamomile and green teas.
• Take ginger capsules 4 times a day.
• Take vitamin B6 50 mg and Unisom 25
mg at bedtime. (Unisom makes two
sleep aids and we want you to take
doxylamine and not diphenhydramine.)
You may add vitamin B6 25 mg and
Unisom 12.5 mg during the morning or
evening. Be careful about such activities
as driving as the Unisom may make you
• Take prenatal vitamins at dinner time or
not at all for a short time if they add to
your nausea. Check with your doctor or
midwife before stopping them.
• Take papaya enzyme, a natural aid, to
help digest food.
• Sea bands can be helpful. These are
worn on the wrist and apply pressure on
a point on the under side of the wrist.
• Try a BRAT diet (bananas, rice,
applesauce, toast).

When to Call

If your nausea persists and you vomit often, please call your midwife or doctor. Dehydration,
weight loss, and poor nutrition may occur. There are prescription medicines which can relieve

Phone Numbers Monday-Friday 8am-5pm

UW Health- Managed OB Clinics
UW Health West
OB/GYN Clinic
451 Junction Rd
Madison WI 53717
(608) 265-7601
UW Health East
OB/GYN Clinic
5249 E Terrace Pkwy
Madison WI 53718
(608) 265-1230

UW Health Benign
Gynecology Clinic
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-6240

UW Health
600 Highland Ave
Madison WI 53792
(608) 263-1548

UWMF- Managed OB Clinics
OB/GYN Clinic
20 S. Park, Suite 307
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-2830

East Towne
4122 East Towne
Madison, WI 53704
(608) 242-6840
West Towne
7102 Mineral Point Rd.
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 828-7610
5543 East Cheryl
Fitchburg, WI 53711
(608) 274-5300
UW Arboretum OB/GYN Clinic
1102 S. Park Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 287-5898

Meriter & UW Health-Managed Generations Fertility Care Clinic (Generations)
2365 Deming Way, Middleton, WI 53562
Toll Free 1-888-474-3933

If you live out of the area, call 1-800-323-8942.

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