Morning Sickness

Here are my tips:

  • Eat several small meals a day to prevent an empty stomach and to keep your blood sugar level stable. Include a protein-rich food with each meal or snack, as the protein helps to stabilize blood sugars.
  • Don’t drink a lot of fluids with meals. Instead, drink between meals.
  • Trust your food preferences. If something sounds good to eat, you’ll probably tolerate it.
  • Identify and avoid odors that make nausea worse.
  • Try smelling peppermint oil or fresh lemon slices to ease nausea.
  • Drinking peppermint tea may also help.
  • Caregivers often recommend ginger, and research supports it as a very effective tool. You can eat ginger in foods, eat candied or pickled ginger, or drink ginger tea or natural ginger ale.
  • Increase your intake of foods rich in vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), such as whole grains and cereals, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Vitamin B6 supplements may reduce nausea. The research studies have involved taking supplements of 10-25 mg per dose, three doses per day. Your daily intake should never exceed 100 milligrams.
  • Use acupressure wristbands, which are marketed to relieve motion sickness.

A quick note on nutritional supplements: The other thing that’s getting a lot of research press now is omega-3’s. (essential fatty acids, found in fish, flax seeds, and canola oil.) It’s an anti-inflammatory, and seems to help with cardiovascular health, reduce miscarriage and preterm birth, and reduce chances of prenatal or postpartum depression. Recommended amounts: 650 mg / day of omega-3’s, of which 300 mg is DHA.


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