If you are suffering from pregnancy nausea or morning sickness, you know how miserable it can be. However, there are some things you can do to make sure you have the best chance at a sick free day. Consider the following:
1. If it sounds good eat it. Many pregnant women have silly cravings, however, if you are not keeping anything down, and something sounds good, try it. Often getting some food in your stomach that sits, paves the way for other, healthier, and better options. So, eat it, and then in an hour or so eat something that is good for you to keep food in your stomach.
2. Snack throughout the day. An empty stomach usually makes pregnancy nausea worse. So, while you don’t want to overeat, nibble and snack all day so that you always have something in your stomach. This is going to help you keep your blood sugar level, and in doing so ward off a lot of morning sickness.
3. Eat smaller meals. If you feel good, do not go and eat too much. Large meals can often upset the stomach and contribute to morning sickness. So, eat smaller, healthier meals, with more frequency. It is a healthy practice whether you are pregnant or not, but when you are pregnant it helps you keep your stomach under control.
4. Eat before bed. One of the reasons many women have morning sickness is that they go too long without eating and their blood sugar levels drop. Sleep tends to be a longer stretch, which means that you may go a while without eating. To combat this, make sure you eat a meal before going to bed. Try to have a good combination of complex carbohydrated and protein, as those will stay in your system longer and keep blood sugar more level.
5. Eat before getting out of bed. Again, if your blood sugar is low, it could lead to morning sickness, so before getting up in the morning, eat a few crackers, a piece of toast, etc. right away so that you give yourself a fighting chance of having a sick free day.
6. Ginger. Ginger has been known to help reduce nausea and help you deal wih morning sickness. Add a little bit to a beverage, or eat some when you first get up. If you do not like real ginger, try a ginger-ale drink, or ginger snap cookies. You do not need a lot to get some of the anti-nausea benefits.
7. High nutrition foods. You will feel better if you are getting all the nutrients and things you need, so even if you aren’t keeping much down, try to eat foods that are bland and full of nutrition like baked potatoes without topping, dry wheat toast, bananas, etc.
8. Try medication. If all else fails, ask your doctor for a prescription. Anti-nausea medication can be helpful, but it may make you groggy.