Morning Sickness and Nutrition
An unpleasant side-effect of pregnancy, morning sickness can
leave you in need of nutrients.
sickness is common in the early months of pregnancy. It usually
dissipates by the fourth month and is no indication of problems for
mother or child. Although common, it is nonetheless unpleasant, but
there are natural ways to minimize discomfort through nutrition. Here
are some tips:
Eat dry or bland foods first thing in the morning. Some examples
include crackers or dry toast. You can even keep them at your
bedside to munch before getting out of bed.
Eat small frequent meals every two to three hours. “It helps to
keep the belly a little full all the time,” advises Courtney B.
Huard, RD, LDN, a pediatric clinical dietitian at Rhode Island
Hospital. Though it might be tempting if you feel queasy, Huard
recommends against skipping meals.
Eat the foods that appeal to you and minimize food odors. If you
are sensitive to strong smells, keep in mind that
room-temperature or colder foods are easier to tolerate.
Drink clear, cool beverages between meals rather than with
If you have trouble getting adequate fluids, try popsicles,
gelatin and Italian ice.
Eat foods high in protein or complex carbohydrates. For example,
try peanut butter and apples, nuts, yogurt and/or cheeses.
Remember to avoid soft, unpasteurized cheese like Brie, goat
cheese and feta, as these may contain potentially harmful
Avoid fatty or fried foods; sometimes they can cause distress.
Take your prenatal vitamin with food and/or just before bed.
Ginger has long been used in Asia to alleviate nausea. Use fresh
ginger in soups or salads, or put juice from the root in
dressing, marinade, lemonade or tea. Ready-made remedies like
ginger candy or ginger ale may also do the trick.
"Lemon has also been found to help with nausea," says Huard. You
could make some fresh lemonade, drizzle lemon on a fish or
chicken dinner or just put a slice of lemon in a glass of ice
water for some relief.
Each woman and each pregnancy is different. If you are experiencing
morning sickness, work with your health professional to determine ways
in which you can best manage your symptoms.