[My opinion/suggestions for helping with Hyperemesis
When I was going through morning sickness I too had to eat frozen foods, although this is not the healthiest, I think it was due to not being able - or not tolerating the preparing process of cooking and the smells along with it. There are healthier choices if you are tolerating these foods I liked "Lean Cuisine", or I think it's called "Amy's organics" (frozen entrees). Look through your selections to try and avoid unnecessary food preservatives and lower sodium amounts (frzn./processed foods can contain higher sodium amounts). I for some reason loved watermelon and nectarines, and frozen beef - Go figure? Smelling the scent of a lemon slice helps some before getting up. Try to eat something small before getting up from bed helps. I was prescribed medication for nausea (though chose not to take it. I think if your keeping food down at all and still ok hometreatment is best. - talk to your dr. if med. is something necessary to consider if you feel it's out of control or your dehydrated etc. - and look into the type of med. that it's considered safe and if it is helpful for you.)Try, if you can, the healthiest alternatives for your cravings or tolerable foods. What might help you also - if your able to take your prenatal vitamin - ask for one without iron (if ok by doc.),
iron from natural source is actually healthier; iron in a supplement can actually cause stomach upset in some. There are specific prenatals that can help nausea that includes the essential folic acid, calcium and B6 - I took this for a short period. Or ask your doctor first
before or if you can add B6 to your current prenatal (do not overdose on vit.B6 though; see the Note at the bottom of this reply
) I wouldn't limit yourself to vit. b6 alone, as you don't want to become deficient in another vit. - this is info. I have learned and helped me through my nausea/vomiting period. I was not able to return to normal eating until into my 3rd month -when I started to take more vitamins and eat more balanced.
If your really not tolerating food here's some other suggestions (healthy ideas to try) that might be tolerable:
- Try Knox gelatin packets and make your own jello with 100% juice you can tolerate (apple juice, white grape juice, fruit punch)
- Try Rice Milk instead of milk if possible (it's easier on the stomach, though milk is good as well; I like "Rice Dream" in original or chocolate best). I mix with some protein powder (a good one I like is "Balance" in vanilla or chocolate- or look for another that's all natural if possible - (Note:DO NOT get the Muscle building stuff!) If you can, add this to your tolerable foods for more nutrition
- "Ensure" Plus I like too; maybe not the healthiest choice (has some artificial flavoring & cornsyrup etc.)-for occasional use as an alternative to protein powder
I hope my suggestions can help - always ask your dr. if they are something they agree with.
Here's some helpful info on managing Hyperemesis taken from Webmd.com:
Home treatment measures for morning sickness include:
Changing what, when, and how much you eat.
Taking certain dietary supplements that are known to reduce nausea during pregnancy.
Avoiding nauseating foods and smells.
Trying acupressure, which seems to work for some women.
If you have severe, persistent nausea and vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum), see your doctor or midwife immediately. This uncommon complication of pregnancy can lead to dehydration and malnutrition, sometimes requiring prescribed medication or hospitalization.
Vitamin B6 for morning sickness
Studies suggest that taking vitamin B6 supplements for morning sickness significantly reduces nausea, though not vomiting, for some women. Experts do not yet understand how vitamin B6 affects nausea.
A typical dose of vitamin B6 for morning sickness is 10 mg, 4 times per day. Talk to your health professional before taking vitamin B6 for morning sickness.
Note: Intake of more than 100 mg a day of vitamin B6 can cause temporary nerve damage.
Isaiah (Feb 04)