What to Do to Ease Morning Sickness

Morning sickness and nausea are common in pregnant women. Most nausea occurs during the early part of pregnancy. In most cases this discomfort improves when you enter the second trimester. For some women, morning sickness and nausea might last longer, even for the entire nine months.

The changes in your body can cause nausea and vomiting when:

  • you smell certain things,
  • you eat some foods,
  • you are tired,
  • you are stressed,
  • no apparent reason

You may be able to reduce nausea by changing when and what you eat:

  • Eat smaller meals, such as six to eight small meals instead of three larger ones each day.
  • Don’t go for long periods of time without eating.
  • Drink fluids between, but not with, meals.
  • Avoid foods that are greasy, fried, or highly spiced.  
  • Soda crackers or dry toast when you first wake up.
  • Small snack at bedtime.
  • Eating foods high in protein and complex carbohydrates, such as peanut butter on apple slices or celery; nuts; cheese; crackers; milk; cottage cheese; and yogurt.
  • Ginger products (proven effective against morning sickness) such as ginger tea, ginger candy, and ginger soda.
  • Avoid strong, foul and unpleasant odors.
  • Rest when you are tired.

Source: womenshealth.gov/Pregnancy/pregnancy/eat.cfm