Morning sickness is caused by hormones released by a woman’s body during pregnancy. Morning sickness occurs most often during the first trimester of pregnancy. Some women find that nausea and vomiting are worst in the morning, but symptoms can occur at any time of the day or night.
Most women feel better at the beginning of the second trimester, but some continue to feel ill throughout their pregnancies.
Vitamin B6 to Treat Nausea
Studies suggest that taking vitamin B6 for morning sickness greatly improves nausea, though not vomiting, for many pregnant women. There has been no sign of harm to the fetus with vitamin B6 use. A typical dose of vitamin B6 for morning sickness is 25 mg, 3 times a day.
Foods that are high in vitamin B6 include:
Talk to your health professional before taking vitamin B6 for morning sickness. Intake of more than 100 mg a day of vitamin B6 can cause temporary nerve damage.
Vitamin B12 to Treat Vomiting
Studies suggest that taking vitamin B12 improves vomiting for many pregnant women. There has been no sign of harm to the fetus with vitamin B12 use. In fact, a combination of vitamin B12 and folic acid is thought to prevent neural tube defects in the growing fetus. Studies have shown that the dose of vitamin B12 has ranged from 4 mcg a day to 25 mcg twice a day.
Foods that are high in Vitamin B12 include:
Talk to your doctor before taking vitamin B12 for vomiting during pregnancy.