Ways to overcome morning sickness

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For some, it’s merely a food aversion; a strong reaction to certain smells or tastes. For others, it’s periodic queasiness, often peaking in the morning and dissipating after lunch. For an unfortunate few, it’s an overwhelming feeling that lasts all day, their waking, and sometimes sleeping, hours punctuated by repeated heaving over the toilet.

Nausea during early pregnancy, sometimes called morning sickness, is very common and completely normal. More than half of women experience some degree of nausea and/or vomiting during their pregnancy. Even in severe cases that result in hospitalization, studies indicate that women who brought their weight up later in the pregnancy had the same birth outcomes as women who didn’t have morning sickness at all.

Choose foods carefully.

Select foods that are high in protein, low in fat and easy to digest, and avoid greasy, spicy and fatty foods. Bland foods, such as bananas, rice, applesauce and toast may be easy to digest. Salty foods are sometimes helpful, as are foods that contain

Snack regularly

Before getting out of bed in the morning, eat a few soda crackers or a piece of dry toast. Nibble throughout the day, rather than eating three larger meals so that your stomach doesn’t get too full. Plus, an empty stomach may make nausea worse.

Drink plenty of fluids.

Sip water or ginger ale. Aim for six to eight cups of non-caffeinated fluids daily. If you can hydrate yourself well, you will be able to overcome some of the effects of the throwing up such as dehydration.

Pay attention to nausea triggers

Avoid foods or smells that seem to make your nausea worse. As you go along your pregnancy, you will be able to pick up on tastes and smells that really trigger the barfing sessions. Take note of it and try o avoid it as much as possible.

Breathe fresh air

Weather permitting, open the windows in your home or workplace. Take a daily walk outdoors.

Take care with prenatal vitamins

If you feel queasy after taking prenatal vitamins, take the vitamins with a snack or just before bed. If these steps don’t help, ask your health care provider about other ways you can get the iron and vitamins you need during pregnancy.

Rinse your mouth after vomiting

The acid from your stomach can damage the enamel on your teeth. If you can, rinse your mouth with a cup of water mixed with a teaspoon of baking soda. This will help neutralize the acid and protect your teeth.

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