Pregnancy is a huge blessing, but can come with some harsh symptoms. As someone currently going through their first pregnancy, I’ve had to learn what my body can and can’t handle when it comes to morning sickness. Some mamas are very lucky to not have to deal with this pregnancy symptom, but for those who are I’ve compiled a list of tips to help ease some baby-induced nausea. Everyone’s pregnancies are different and what has worked for me, may not for you. It is all about finding your perfect balance with foods and what you need to avoid.
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Drinks that Help
Ginger ale: Ginger is a great way to ease nausea. However, ginger ale must be drunk in moderation because of the sugar content. I typically stick to one small glass a day and it helps to stop that less-than-lovely pukey feeling.
Ginger tea: A good alternative if wanting to cut back on sugar from ginger ale is ginger tea. It can also ease cramping and is thought to be very healthy for pregnant women, especially in their first trimester. It is also caffeine-free, making it an even better alternative.
Peppermint tea: This is my go-to on cold mornings when food isn’t the most appetizing. It typically helps me to at least be able to keep down crackers or a granola bar. Peppermint is also helpful for gas, which is another unpleasant pregnancy symptom.
Pedialyte: While this one won’t help with actual nausea, but will help when you can’t keep anything down. It restores sodium and potassium as well as keeps the body from dehydration which is crucial during pregnancy.
Foods that Help
Sour Foods: Lemonheads, Sour Patch Kids, and other sour foods can curb nausea. The tartness apparently makes these easier on the stomach.
Peppermint Gum: This is another go-to as soon as nausea hits me in the middle of the day. I just chew one piece and as an extra bonus, it helps with any bad breath which can also add to nausea.
Applesauce: Applesauce is extremely easy on the stomach, which is one of the reasons I eat it almost every morning when my stomach is empty and nausea can be at its ugliest. For those who are also suffering from diarrhea, this is an optimal choice.
Smells: If possible, stay away from offensive smells. I have to leave the room if it smells like garlic or onion. As your pregnancy continues, you’ll learn what triggers your gag reflex and what is safe. The smell of lemon or peppermint is quite helpful for me.
Brushing Teeth: This one has been quite a problem for me and I’m told many other expecting mothers. When brushing your teeth, it may trigger your gag reflex, especially right after eating. I typically wait at least 30 minutes after eating and that really seems to help.