Nausea after Bariatric Surgery. What to do?

Nausea after Weight Loss Surgery

Vitals and Vitamins to Overcome Nausea

If you have chronic nausea, one thing to do is go to your primary health care physician and have your labs drawn. They will check your B Vitamins as well as B12, folic acid and your iron levels just to make sure that everything is as it should be; that’s a good place to start. Anytime you are having a chronic issue; whether it’s nausea or tiredness or some tingling sensations or if something doesn’t feel right, it is wise to start with getting your labs checked. After most patients are 12 months or more out from surgery and have had normal labs, going to have your labs drawn once a year is acceptable. However, if you are questioning how you’re feeling or symptoms that you may be experiencing, it is wise to go and have your labs checked.

Understanding Your New Body

After surgery, your body can go through different hormonal changes. Various gastrointestinal enzymes and hormones are normally released in different quantities than prior to surgery and this adjustment can lead some individuals to have increased nausea or sensitivity to certain foods or smells in the initial post op period.

Make sure that you are taking the recommended vitamins and minerals regularly to help prevent some of the nausea.

Other tips to prevent or reduce nausea include having small portions. Start with 1/4- 1/3 cup at meals. Be cautious and eat slowly, having no more than 1-2 bites per minute. It can be helpful to get a clock with a second hand or use the stopwatch on your smart phone to help with this initially. Remember to have small bites of food or sips of liquids. Using the visual of a dime for solid food and a teaspoon for liquids can help to gauge how much to put in your mouth at one time. Choose soft, moist foods at meals for increased tolerance.

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US-registered Bariatric Dietitian

US-registered Bariatric Dietitian
Katelyn Mock is a US-registered Bariatric Dietitian certified by the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. With more than 8 years of experience in formulating and reviewing diet programs across various hospital settings, Katelyn has also served as the Lead Bariatric Dietitian for the Ohio State University Medical Center.

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