An OB/GYN’s Tips For Managing Illness During Pregnancy

Mid-Michigan Moms is thrilled to partner with McLaren Lapeer Region and McLaren Flint to bring you Navigating Your Pregnancy, an editorial series event. In this installment of our Editorial Series Collection, McLaren, and the #MidMichiganMoms team share fifteen different posts addressing all aspects of life as a pregnant woman. From humor to stories of perseverance, no topic is left off the table. Below, Dr. Ahmed Abdulla, MD, OB/GYN shares his best tips for moms who are ill during pregnancy. Tune in, learn, share, and join the conversation!

Illness during pregnancy can be debilitating.

If you’ve been through pregnancy before, chances are that you’ve experienced some level of nausea throughout one, or more, of your trimesters. If you’ve never been ill while pregnant, count yourself very lucky. First-time moms, never fear! Below, Dr. Ahmed Abdulla, MD, OB/GYN has shared some information and tips for managing illness and nausea during your pregnancy.

illDr. Abdulla shares that, although called morning sickness, nausea can occur at any time of the day during pregnancy. Levels of the pregnancy hormone HCG develop rapidly during the first trimester, which is the cause of nausea during pregnancy.

Some tips to control nausea during pregnancy include:

  • Eating smaller meals
  • Snacking on saltine crackers and small snacks throughout the day
  • Avoiding triggering smells when possible
  • Not lying down after eating
  • Avoiding spicy and fatty foods
  • Wearing an anti-nausea wristband
  • Consuming ginger such as ginger tea, ginger candies, or ginger ale
  • Increasing your intake of vitamin B6 as directed by your OB/GYN
  • Changing the time of day you take your prenatal vitamin
  • Getting plenty of rest.

If you’ve tried these tips and still feel ill, Dr. Ahmed Abdulla encourages you to speak with your OB/GYN to consider other options for relief. It is also important to keep an eye on yourself for signs of dehydration.

If you are unable to keep food and drinks down, it is best to call your OB/GYN for further care.