Morning sickness is one of the classic signs of pregnancy. Morning sickness refers to the nauseated feeling that occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is thought to be a result of the increased hormones in your body. It affects more than 50% of pregnant women. Morning sickness can strike at any time of the day or night. It usually subsides by weeks 13-14.
Here are some tips to relieve morning sickness:
- Eat several small meals throughout the day (Empty stomach makes nausea worse)
- Don’t lie down after meals.
- Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration
- Foods that contain ginger are sometimes helpful.
- Avoid spicy, greasy, and fatty foods.
- Try suck on hard candy or chew gum
- Avoid foods and smells that aggravate your nausea
- Eat dry toast, saltines, or dry cereals before getting out of bed in the morning
- Get plenty of fresh air (open windows or walk outside)
- Eat bland foods that are low in fat and easy to digest, such as cereal, rice, and bananas.
If you have severe, persistent nausea and vomiting or unable to take in fluids or keep any foods down, contact your health care provider IMMEDIATELY. This pregnancy problem can lead to dehydration and malnutrition.
Try These Tips to Fight off Fatigue
- Snack throughout the day, rather than eating 3 large meals
- Get as much rest as you can
- Get enough protein and iron in your diet (lean meat, chicken, eggs, nuts, beans)
- Get exercise
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References and Resources
- American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists – Morning Sickness: Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy
- Womenshealth.gov – Body changes and discomforts: Morning Sickness
- U.S. National Library of Medicine – Morning sickness (1)
- U.S. National Library of Medicine – Morning sickness (2)