Common Triggers and Easy Remedies for Morning Sickness
By Laura Klarman
Sep 13, 2017
Updated Jul 13, 2023
5 min read
Duchesses Get Morning Sickness Too! Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, announced she was pregnant with her third child last week. How did people find out? She started missing meetings and appointments because of morning sickness!
There are many different triggers for morning sickness – like certain strong odors (from changing a diaper to cat food to the fish counter at your local grocery store, etc.). Even brushing your teeth might cause a gag reflex. Being dehydrated, not eating enough, eating certain foods, riding in a car, or even hormone fluctuations can contribute to nausea and vomiting.
Lori Copling, RN, Labor & Delivery manager at Intermountain Riverton Hospital, suggests several ways to reduce morning sickness symptoms. “Don’t be afraid to try different remedies,” she says. “Everybody is different and every pregnancy is different.” She recommends the following:
Medication can help more severe cases of morning sickness. Ask your doctor about over-the- counter and prescription medications if natural remedies don’t help. Many moms-to-be worry that morning sickness medications may harm their unborn baby. "I always remind patients that doctors would never prescribe anything that isn't safe,” says Copling.