Often, there is so much information to take in with regards to labour, that many people don’t know the facts from the falsehoods.  Here is the truth about: Nausea and Vomiting.

Nausea and Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting is common, particularly in advanced labour as women enter the ‘transitional phase’ where the cervix is dilated 7cm or more. The nausea and vomiting can be caused by the pain of labour, pain medication given during labour, such as Pethidine, and even anaesthetic medication (like the epidural) which causes nausea and vomiting due to a drop in Blood Pressure after administration.

Digestion stops in labour, so if there is any undigested food in your stomach, this is a likely cause of vomiting. It is recommended that you eat light foods in labour rather than having a heavy meal, and be sure to sip water and energy drinks. You may find that sucking on ice chips helps with the nausea, too. Many hospitals administer anti-emetic medication to help stop the nausea and vomiting.

Acupressure can help with the feelings of nausea – apply pressure in the middle of the inner arm, about three finger widths from the palm whenever nauseous, and hold the pressure there until the nausea goes away.

An acupressure point to help ease nausea
An acupressure point to help ease nausea

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