Diabetes during pregnancy

Morning sickness

During the first 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy, some women feel sick first thing in the morning, some in the evenings and others in the afternoon. Other women feel sick all day long and may vomit frequently. For some women this may continue well into the pregnancy.

Tips for managing morning sickness

  • Eat small, frequent meals - if you are taking insulin, talk to your doctor or diabetes educator about changing insulin doses to allow for this.
  • Avoid strong food odours and rich, fatty foods.
  • If mornings are a problem, snack on food like dry toast or dry biscuits before getting up.
  • Eat and drink slowly.
  • You may find that you tolerate cold foods better than hot food.
  • Some women find ginger (tea, biscuits or tablets) to be useful. 
  • Keep your fluids up - sip on drinks such as water, flat diet (sugar-free) lemonade, diluted diet cordial, or diet icy poles.
  • If you have been vomiting or unable to eat, you may need to include ordinary soft drinks and cordial instead of diet drinks (refer to your sick day management plan).
  • If you are on insulin, you may be advised to change the dose
  • If you are taking metformin you may need to stop this medication temporarily if your vomiting is severe - ask your doctor for advice..
  • Ask your dietitian for some other ideas on managing morning sickness.