Week 6 - Nausea
Hello. This is Dr. Mauldin. Congratulations on your pregnancy! You are in your 6th week!
Whether you’ve been caught by surprise or this was meticulously planned, I know it’s very exciting.
We hope these messages will help you feel more comfortable with your pregnancy and answer some of your questions or point you in the right direction to find out some more answers. If you would like to hear more extended versions of these broadcasts, you may do so at www.muschealth.com
Well… let’s see. At six weeks, your baby is shaped like a tadpole and is about the size of a pea. Over the next few weeks, your baby’s arms and legs will start to appear. The baby’s heart, brain and spinal cord are all in their final stages of development. And, this week, the baby’s heart beat can be seen on ultrasound.
Many patients are nauseated during these early weeks of being pregnant. Although it’s called ‘morning sickness’ many of you are going to feel bad thru out the day.
Here are some easy things you can do to feel better:
- Eat small frequent meals. Instead of 3 regular meals, break that up into 6 smaller meals. You’ll probably feel better if you always have a little something in your stomach.
- Avoid fried and spicy foods. Lean protein – such as turkey - is usually tolerated very well.
- Do not lie down for at least 2 hours after eating.
- And drink carbonated clear sodas – such as Sprite and Ginger Ale – They may help your nauseated feeling.
If you still feel nauseous and need more relief, try taking Vit B6 and Unisom. Together, they work well for many women to relieve the nausea. Or you might also try drinking ginger tea several times a day or taking ginger in a pill form for 2-3x/day.
And... If you still don’t feel better, talk to your doctor. There are some prescription meds we use during pregnancy that are stronger but will help.
I hope you are doing well and I’ll talk to you in a week.