Size of Fetus at Two Months:
Morning Sickness: Ways to Cope
More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness.1 The following remedies may help alleviate the queasiness, nausea, and vomiting that comes with it.
Ginger: According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), “taking three 250-milligram capsules of ginger a day plus another capsule right before bed may help relieve nausea.”2
Peppermint or Mint: Drinking peppermint (or mint) tea or chewing on fresh peppermint (or mint) leaf may help settle a nauseous stomach.
Water: If you are dealing with nausea and vomiting, you may be dehydrated. Replenish by drinking water – it also may help settle your queasy stomach.
Crackers: Crackers, particularly saltine crackers, may help settle your stomach by absorbing excess stomach acids, helping to alleviate nausea and vomiting.
Acupressure Wristbands: These wristbands may help relieve feelings of nausea.
Be sure to check with your healthcare provider before trying any of these remedies to make sure they are right for you.
Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), part of the B-complex family of vitamins.
Vitamin B6 may help ease nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.3
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, 100 mg (or less) of vitamin B6 each day may help alleviate nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.4 It is important, however, to check with your healthcare provider before taking vitamin B6 so you know the right amount for you.
Normal to Experience:
Got gas? You’re not alone. Most pregnant women experience gas and bloating during pregnancy.
Why so gassy? It’s mainly due to your uterus enlarging, your intestines shifting, and your hormones (particularly progesterone) surging. All lead to a major slowdown of the digestive process. This slowdown results in a marked increase in burps, bloating – and flatulence.
How to cope?
Consult with your healthcare provider to see if the advice above is right for you if you feel the amount of gas and bloating you experience is too excessive, or if you feel abdominal pain.
Watch Out for:
While some nausea and vomiting is expected during pregnancy, excessive, severe nausea and vomiting, known as hyperemesis gravidarum, should prompt you to see your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Hyperemesis gravidarum usually occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy and may lead to serious dehydration.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, the following factors may increase your risk:
This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should always consult your healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for your own situation.