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14 February 2011

Doctors, diet and morning sickness

Pregnant? Wondering about when you should see your doctor, what you should eat and what to do about morning sickness? A few tips from Medi-Clinic.

Pregnant? Wondering about when you should see your doctor, what you should eat and what to do about morning sickness? A few tips from Medi-Clinic.

Once a woman is pregnant, her first visit to the doctor should be early in the pregnancy and be followed by regular check-ups as advised by the doctor.

  • Firstly, if the morning sickness is severe, if you are not eating or drinking well and/or you are vomiting, consult your doctor immediately. There is effective medication available to assist with the symptoms. Depending on the circumstances, one should also exclude other serious conditions, evaluate if you are taking in sufficient foods and fluids and check the condition of the baby.
  • Try to still eat as well as you can under the circumstances.
  • Drink plenty of water, especially if you are losing fluid through actual vomiting.
  • Eat smaller meals more often. High levels of acid in an empty stomach can, in itself, increase nausea. Low blood glucose caused by insufficient food intake is also a cause of nausea. By eating something small more often, it is possible to avoid these.
  • Get your partner to bring you a dry biscuit or a slice of toast while you are still on your back in bed and eat it before you get up.

 
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