I can't stop vomiting, and it's got to the stage where I'm afraid to eat or drink anything because nothing stays down. Is this normal?
If things are this bad, you should see your doctor without delay. While morning sickness is common and not usually harmful to you or your baby, severe vomiting can interfere with your nutrition and cause dehydration and weight loss.
This syndrome is called hyperemesis gravidarum, which literally means 'excessive vomiting in pregnancy'. It usually occurs in early pregnancy and requires prompt medical attention. Treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum generally involves a stay in hospital where you'll be given anti-nausea medication (this will be safe for your baby) and intravenous fluids. Another good reason to see your doctor is that you may have an underlying disease which is causing the problem.
However, you may like to try some of these natural ideas:
1. Take your breakfast in bed before you actually get up and start your day.
2. Eat several small meals a day if you can and avoid an empty stomach.
3. Include some protein in your diet at every meal, such as eggs, dairy products, meats, beans, whole grains, pulses and seeds.
4. Drink lots of water and other fluids between meals instead of during meals.
5. Have a spoon of ginger juice mixed with honey every morning. You could also try some ginger or lemon tea. Slices of lemon added to sparkling water or iced tea can also help provide some relief. Looking for more options? Check out our healthy and alcohol-free drinks.
6. You may want to try homeopathy treatment, which is safe, simple and fast in these conditions. Sepia, Nux Vom, Colchicum, Ant Tart are some homeopathy medicines that may be taken after consulting your doctor