Coping With Morning Sickness During Pregnancy

A Word of Advice

It's important to go in with realistic expectations so you don't get too frustrated. You're unlikely to find a magic bullet that will completely resolve your symptoms. Instead, you'll probably continue to experience some degree of nausea during early pregnancy, and may even vomit from time to time.
It's also important to keep in mind that treatments that worked for one woman may not work for another. So, you may need to try several different things before finding the best strategy for you. By all means, ask your friends and family members what worked (or didn't work) for them, but try not to get too discouraged if you don't have the same results.  

Home Remedies for Morning Sickness

If you have mild nausea, some simple lifestyle changes or at-home remedies may be all you need to take the edge off. Here are some strategies that may help:
  • Eat something. Sure, food may be the last thing on your mind when it seems anything that goes in your stomach is going to come right back up. But an empty stomach can actually worsen your nausea. Try to have small snacks or meals throughout the day -- aim for six to eight small meals instead of three large ones.
  • Choose the right foods. Fatty, fried, or spicy foods may make your nausea worse, so try to avoid them. Instead, opt for foods that are high in protein and carbohydrates, such as meat, yogurt, crackers, toast, and dry cereals. You might even consider keeping some crackers by your bedside so you have them nearby if you wake up nauseated. Some women find it helps to eat a few crackers before getting up in the morning.
  • Drink fluids between meals. Go for clear, cold beverages that are carbonated or sour. Try things like ginger ale, seltzer water, or lemonade.
  • Avoid triggers. Do certain odors or tastes make you sick to your stomach? Be in tune to things that trigger your nausea, and then try to steer clear. Food and smells aren't the only triggers, either. For example, some women find that motion, such as riding in a car, can trigger their nausea. Other examples of common triggers include:
    • Strong odors, such as perfumes and smoke
    • Warm environments
    • Noisy rooms
    • Flickering lights.
  • Give ginger a try. Some women find that ginger can reduce nausea. Ginger ale, ginger candies, and ginger tea are easy and safe options. If you want to try supplements, you can ask your pharmacist to recommend a reputable brand. Also, keep the dose at or below 1000 mg a day -- higher doses haven't been well studied in pregnancy.
  • Avoid lying down right after eating. This could make your nausea worse. Stay upright for a bit to give your stomach a chance to digest the food you just ate.
  • Distract yourself. Try reading a book or watching a movie to take your mind off your symptoms. Also, be sure to rest. Nausea and vomiting can wear you down, and you need to save your energy.
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