Managing Nausea in Pregnancy

Dr. Safia Kassam, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, discusses nausea in pregnancy and how you can help manage symptoms.

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Dr. Safia Kassam, ND, Naturopathic Doctor, discusses nausea in pregnancy and how you can help manage symptoms.
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Featuring Dr. Safia Kassam, ND, Naturopathic Doctor

Duration: 1 minute, 54 seconds

One of the most common conditions women experience during their first trimester of their pregnancy is nausea and vomiting and although it is quite normal, it can cause women a lot of stress and fatigue as well as a loss of a lot of nutrients and fluids.

The cause isn’t fully understood. However, it’s mainly due to the increase – the exponential increase of hormones experienced during this time, mainly HCG, estrogen, and progesterone. These hormones have effects on all other cells in the body as well which can cause some of these gastrointestinal symptoms women feel.

Although nausea can be very frustrating and tiring for women, there are a lot of treatment options to help. Simple things like changing your diet and your lifestyle can make a huge impact, like having regular exercise or ensuring that there’s always food in your stomach. Having an empty stomach can actually make the nauseating symptoms much more severe. So keeping a snack in your purse or in your car will help alleviate some of these symptoms.

Dehydration is common in women with increased nausea and vomiting so it’s really important to find ways to replenish fluid in the body. If you’re not able to keep water down or have trouble taking in water, intravenous vitamin therapy is a great alternative.

With this treatment, your naturopathic doctor can also infuse vitamins directly into your blood stream. Vitamins such as B6 and B12 will help decrease the nauseous feeling as well as increase energy throughout your pregnancy.

Acupuncture is also another great treatment option expecting mothers can use to help alleviate some of their symptoms. In addition to treating nausea and vomiting, it can be used to help manage stress levels as well as treat heartburn and other gastrointestinal disorders.

As with all treatment, especially during pregnancy, it’s really important to discuss with your healthcare provider or your midwife to ensure that these are right for you. If you have any other questions or concerns, please consult with your naturopathic doctor or your midwife.

Presenter: Dr. Safia Kassam, Naturopathic Doctor, Port Moody, BC

Local Practitioners: Naturopathic Doctor

Pregnancy and Nausea Video Quiz ( 0 participated.)

How can you best manage nausea in pregnancy?


Nausea in pregnancy is common and is typically causes by a significant increase in hormones.


Acupuncture is an alternative treatment option that can help women with nausea in pregnancy as well as other gastrointestinal issues.


Making dietary changes and eating more often make nausea in pregancy even worse.


Dehydration is common in women with nausea during pregnancy. Naturopathic doctors can administer IV infusions fortified with vitamins to help with dehydration and nausea.

This content is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare professional with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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