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How to Combat Morning Sickness

We provide an intravenous therapy service for our patients who are having bad days with morning sickness. This service is useful if your usual remedies aren’t working. In severe cases of morning sickness (Hyperemesis Gravidarum), we can administer intravenous fluids in our rooms to provide you some relief.  Dehydration from the inability to hold down fluids can make it difficult for you to bounce back from nausea and vomiting. By providing IV fluids there can be an improvement in symptoms as your body rehydrates. We can provide IV therapy in our rooms if you are not getting better on oral medications alone. The administration is provided over several hours in our clinic where we will continue to monitor your health throughout the course of the day.  Prior to the fluids we will perform an ultrasound and pathology to ensure that the IV therapy is right for you. It is best to commence the IV Fluids in the morning to allow time to see if you improve.  Where there is no improvement admission to hospital can be arranged.  If you need to come in for fluids, please call us to arrange a time. 
If your morning sickness is hanging around for much of the day and is preventing you from keeping food down, you may be suffering from Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG). This type of morning sickness is more intense, with symptoms of nausea and vomiting continuing beyond the first trimester. It is important to raise your concerns with your practitioner as HG can cause severe dehydration, causing decreased urine output and headaches.  Extreme fatigue, fainting and a lowered blood pressure with rapid heart rate are also signs of Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
A good idea is to avoid triggers of nausea, such as strong odours and certain foods.  Eating smaller portions, and more frequently can also help with nausea. Simple measures: Stop taking multivitamins as these tend to be quite strong for the stomach to tolerate. Ideally, remain on folate and iodine alone to support fetal growth and development.
  • Ginger: Scientific trials suggest that the chemicals released in fresh, dried and crystallised ginger may influence the nervous system, stomach and intestines to assist with nausea. If you are suffering from queasiness, fresh ginger and apple juice is worth a try.
  • Acupressure: The pressure point that helps with nausea can be found three finger lengths away from the crease in the inner wrist. Locate by placing your pointer, middle and ring finger on the inner wrist. Press firmly on the point between the two tendons. Try this with both wrists, holding pressure for three minutes at a time.
Dr Elgey can recommend medications at your next consultation to help improve your morning sickness. Medications can be taken daily as tablets or disolvable wafer placed under the tongue. Alternatively, Dr Elgey can also administer IM injections (intramuscular) to ease symptoms almost instantly.

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