Dealing with morning sickness? Here are some tips you can try to help you feel better and keep your food down so it will nourish you and your baby.
What you eat can have a big effect on morning sickness. Try to stay away from foods that are spicy, fatty, or greasy. As good as they may sound, they might not make you feel good later. Foods that are plain and easy to digest are recommended. Try:
- Saltine Crackers
- Goldfish Crackers
Eating salty foods will help balance your electrolytes. Overall, high-protein and low-fat foods are recommended for women with morning sickness. Some high-protein snack ideas include:
- Cottage Cheese
- Nuts & Seeds
It’s also important that you drink plenty of fluids to replenish electrolytes and avoid dehydration. Try to drink 6 to 8 cups of fluids a day, preferably noncaffeinated. Ginger can reduce nausea, so try drinking ginger ale or tea. Peppermint can also help reduce nausea in the form of tea, gum, or mints.
An empty stomach can make your nausea worse, so try snacking throughout the day instead of eating a few big meals. You may even try eating plain crackers or toast before you get out of bed in the morning.
Light exercise, like going on a walk, can help settle your stomach. Sleeping at an incline with your head up will help prevent gastric reflux.
If you are worried about prenatal vitamins upsetting your stomach, take them with a snack or in the evening. Some supplements and medications that can help with morning sickness include:
- B6 supplements
- Preggie Pops (similar to a ginger and lemon cough drop)
- Prescription nausea medication (can be prescribed by an urgent care physician or your OB)
Morning sickness is a common experience for pregnant women, so remember that you’re not alone in this. And just because it’s common doesn’t mean you can’t get treatment for it. If these tips don’t help you and your morning sickness starts to negatively impact your everyday life, you may want to see your physician. However, many women see a decrease in their morning sickness during their second trimester.
Pregnancy is full of changes — and not just physical ones. P restonwood Pregnancy Center is a safe and confidential medical clinic that offers free resources to help you navigate your pregnancy. Call us today or book an appointment.