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Managing Morning Sickness

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Nausea, also known as morning sickness, can often be related to what you are or are not eating.

Here’s where you’ll learn how nutrition can help relieve symptoms of nausea.

Foods that help manage morning sickness

Nausea, sometimes called morning sickness, is a common symptom of pregnancy. Morning sickness is most prevalent in the 1st trimester, likely due to fluctuations in hormones. It can return later in pregnancy, but nausea at that stage is probably caused by the growing baby pressing against Mom's stomach.

Easy ways to help alleviate morning sickness

To fight morning sickness, try to:

  • Eat five to six small, frequent snacks throughout the day
  • Eat slowly
  • Avoid foods with smells that bother you
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Avoid fatty and spicy foods
  • Take your prenatal supplement (as recommended by your Healthcare Professional) with food
  • Eat a small snack, such as whole-grain biscuits or toast before getting out of bed in the morning

Soothing snacks for morning sickness

To ease stomach discomfort, try:

  • Cold foods such as smoothies and yoghurt
  • Cool, bubbly drinks such as fruit-flavoured carbonated water
  • Easy-to-digest foods such as whole-grain biscuits, toast and rice
  • Fruit such as bananas
  • Ginger ale with real ginger or ginger tea with fresh grated ginger

What to do when morning sickness persists

Usually, morning sickness is mild to moderate and is not harmful to you or your unborn baby. However, if nausea or vomiting persists or becomes severe, speak with your Healthcare Professional.