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7 Tips to Ease Morning Sickness

iStock_000003729666XSmallPregnancy might be a joyous time in your life, particularly if you have been waiting to have a baby for a while, but morning sickness can put a damper on the excitement. While the nausea and vomiting usually only lasts the first trimester, some women are unlucky enough to be sick for several months afterwards or even the entire pregnancy. There is no cure for morning sickness, but there are methods of reducing the nausea.

1. Eat before you get up. Many women find that the morning sickness hits as soon as they get up. Have some crackers or another dry snack item by the bed so you can munch on a little something before moving in the morning.
2. Give in to your cravings. If you normally are vegetarian, but you are craving chicken and can’t keep anything else down, it’s a good idea to give in. Your body knows what it needs and often during pregnancy that isn’t what you would normally choose for yourself. By eating what you need to eat, you’ll find that the nausea reduces a bit.

3. Take folic acid. Many women have a folic acid deficiency and don’t even realize it. You should be taking prenatal vitamins, but talk to your doctor about an extra folic acid supplement. If taking vitamins is making you queasy, be sure to take them on a full stomach and get the coated kind so you won’t taste them.

4. Eat more frequently. Many women find that when hunger hits, they get sick. So, don’t wait that long. Eating something small every couple of hours will help prevent the waves of feeling ill.

5. Try some herbal teas. Not all herbal teas are safe for pregnancy, but peppermint and ginger tea are both fine and both have anti-nausea qualities. You can drink the tea hot or cold, depending on your preference and which makes you feel better.

6. Eat plenty of carbs. Foods like bananas, toast, rice and potatoes can also help curb upset stomachs caused by pregnancy. Try adding more carbs to your diet during the first trimester and see if it helps.

7. Get some liquid nutrition. If solid foods just aren’t sitting well, try sipping broth or fruit and veggie juices. It’s important to stay hydrated and get some nutrition into you, so if liquids work, stick to those until you feel better.

Not all of these tips will work for every woman. Everyone and every pregnancy is different, but if you listen to your body and follow your instincts, chances are you will be able to ease the discomfort. And keep your eye on the goal . . . you’ll have a beautiful baby at the end!

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