Foods that May Help Curb Morning Sickness

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Morning sickness occurs in approximately eight out of ten pregnancies, and is thought to be caused by a number of hormones that are elevated during pregnancy. Although it is most common early in pregnancy, some women are nauseous throughout and not necessarily only in the morning.

Morning sickness can actually occur at any time of the day during pregnancy.

Some ways to combat morning sickness will seem obvious, while others you might not have thought of.

If there are smells from food or anything else that make you sick to your stomach – avoid them. Tell your friends, family, and coworkers if something they are eating or cooking is making you feel sick. If cigarette smoke bothers you, tell them to stop smoking. They shouldn’t be smoking around you anyway, and you’ll be surprised how willing smokers are to stop once they realize you are pregnant.

Ask someone else to do the cooking if the smells bother you. Often spicy, aromatic foods increase the nausea. You might find you want plain, bland food most of the time. If you have cravings for specific foods, go ahead and eat them. Just make sure not to overeat because overfilling your stomach can actually make you nauseated.

Most women feel the best if they eat frequent small meals and drink small amounts of fluids throughout the day. You do not want to get too low on either fluids or calories, as not eating can cause a vicious cycle making you feel even less like eating. Dry crackers eaten in the morning have been recommended, as well as dry toast. Small amounts of dry, bland food often help as well.

To prevent low blood sugar, which results in low energy in the morning, eat protein before you go to bed. Cheese is a good choice, but any protein source will work. Put some crackers by your bed, and eat a few when you awaken, but before you actually get up. Then get up slowly.

If you are having a lot of morning sickness, be sure and talk to your doctor. If your vitamins have iron, and you cannot get rid of your nausea, ask your doctor if you can stop the iron long enough to calm down your insides. So, what else can help?

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8 comments

  1. Avatar of Nichole Nichole says:

    Ginger chews diff help with nausea although they kinda caused it some days, those things are nasty! Preggie drops helped but they get spendy. I’ve found the best thing to help is Burger King breakfast (my reward if I’m vomiting in the am, figure I deserve it at that point) but plain cherrios and gateraid are the only thing I’ve been able to eat in the am and keep down. I’m tired of being sick but so thankful I’m finally pregnante!!! I guess I have to trade it for something

  2. Avatar of Namaste Namaste says:

    I was feeling better if eaten immediately as you wake up and frequent during the day…

  3. Avatar of Diana Diana says:

    Like the info, relate to all of it, some mornings i’m ok and out of the sudden… strong smells, like a lot of perfume, cigarettes, some food, anyway I will be trying the orange and lemons in a bag, just cause now even the nausea pills are making me sick…

  4. Avatar of ale ale says:

    I used to bite into a lemon it seemed to make me feel better. That is great information on ways to help with morning sickness

  5. Avatar of EbyMom EbyMom says:

    Ginger is good. I think Fresh or ginger tea might help curb it. What works for one might not work for another so keep trying till u succeed. Good article.

  6. ginger may even help in serious conditions such as cancers : http://tratamenteanticancer.wordpress.com/2013/05/17/ghimbir/

  7. Avatar of ErinF ErinF says:

    Fuji apples, oddly, have been the only food that I can consistently tolerate, and actually helps with nausea. I used to love spicy, garlicky dishes, and now they make me sick.

    Cigarette smoke has always made me sick, and with pregnancy it’s been even worse. You’d think that people would be willing to stop or go elsewhere when they find out you’re pregnant, but I’ve found that most people just don’t care. I’m having to cut down on a lot of social events where I know people will be smoking because I apparently can’t expect people to be considerate.

  8. Avatar of McKenzie McKenzie says:

    Thank you for the info!

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