Feeling queasy can be one of the very first signs of pregnancy—and one of the least likeable. Get a handle on this symptom with these helpful tips.
Eating several small meals during the day may help you get rid of morning sickness, as symptoms often seem to be worse when the stomach is empty. While food may be the last thing you want, it is important to make sure you and Baby are
getting the nutrition you both need. Try snacking on high-carbohydrate and high-protein foods since they are easier to digest (good choices are whole-wheat crackers, bread, or pretzels, almonds, and granola cereals). Greasy, fatty foods may often worsen nausea, so pick your meals and snacks wisely.
Many women find moving quickly can make them feel a little queasy, much like motion sickness. Take things slow all day long if you find this is true for you. If you work or have other children, taking things slow can be tricky. Try making time for short work breaks; sit outside for a few minutes or simply get up, walk around your work area, and stretch. Be sure to read our pregnancy work tips to help you get through the day. If you commute, be sure to
plan accordingly to avoid added stress and discomfort.
to eat first thing in the morning, before you even get out of bed, can help stave off
morning sickness (some women also find this helpful right before going to sleep). Keep a box of crackers or rice cakes at your bedside table and nibble as you (slowly!) rise and start your day (or as you get ready for bed).
Your extra keen
sense of smell can greatly influence when, where, and why you experience morning sickness. Foods that you once loved may now emit the most foul odors, according to your new pregnancy nose. If this is true for you, ask your partner or a friend to take on the grocery shopping and/or the cooking for awhile.
This old-fashioned remedy seems to really work for many expecting women. Feeling ill? Try eating or drinking something with ginger in it. Munch on a gingersnap, suck on a ginger candy, or sip on a cup of ginger tea or ginger ale when
Prenatal vitamins can really do a number on your stomach! If you've got this problem, mention it to your doctor or midwife; you may be able to switch the time you take your pills (and sleep through the side effects). You can also try taking your vitamin with food. Some physicians will prescribe prenatals or an extra dose of vitamin B-6 to help with nausea; check with your healthcare provider for more information.
Many moms-to-be tout the benefits of acupuncture and/or acupressure for relieving morning sickness. If you're curious to try one of the treatments but aren't comfortable with seeing a
Traditional Chinese Medical (TCM) doctor, an acupressure wristband might be perfect for you. Some of the more common brands, like Sea-Band were originally intended to prevent seasickness, but are helpful for many women combatting pregnancy-related queasiness.
Many women find that sucking on a lemon slice, eating lemon candy, sipping lemonade or lemon tea, or even lighting a lemon-scented candle can do wonders for alleviating morning sickness. (Here's a tip: Mix up an Arnold Palmer mocktail with ginger tea for a tasty and therapeutic drink.)
Build some extra time into your routine and start the day slowly. Many women find that moving quickly from a prone or sitting position to standing induces a bout of
nausea. This can be attributed to the drop in blood pressure that occurs upon rising. Think of getting up in a three-step process: Start by propping yourself up slightly on your pillows, then move to a sitting position, and finally slide out of bed.
If you find that you are ill so often that you can't hold down any food or you're just unable to eat, it is important to speak with your doctor or midwife. This may be a sign of
hyperemesis gravidarum, a more serious form of morning sickness. The good news is this pregnancy complication often can be easily treated.