5 Eating Tips to Survive Morning Sickness
Tossing your cookies into the trash can under your desk? Not cute. Or fun. Or helpful in keeping your news under wraps, for that matter. The relentless queasiness may be linked to increases in some hormones (such as estrogen) and to your heightened sense of smell—which is actually Mother Nature’s way of making you hyper-vigilant about food safety. But whatever the cause, we know you just want it to go away already. Try these easy fixes and kick the barfy blues to the curb. And if your tummy is okay but your head is throbbing like crazy, check out these 20 Best and Worst Foods for Headaches!
Stash some salty, 100 percent whole grain crackers at your bedside and eat a few as soon as you wake up, even if you’re not hungry. An empty stomach ups the risk of nausea.
Go for Balance
Aim for a diet high in protein (such as grilled chicken) and complex carbohydrates (such as whole grains and vegetables). If you start adding in rich, fatty foods, you may be more likely to suffer.
Grab a Lemon
Slice it, sniff it, squeeze it into your drinking water—the refreshing smell and taste can calm your stomach. Suck on lemon drops if you’re feeling off while on the run.
Slurp Your Calories
If you’re concerned about getting enough nutrients, try a broth-based soup, which will help both hydrate you and give you some calories when you don’t feel like you can hold down solid food.
Meet Your New BFF, Ginger
It’s no myth that ginger root can calm an upset tummy. Here’s a soothing morning sickness mocktail we love that puts the ingredient front and center.
Nutrition: 85 calories, 1 g fat (0g saturated), 7 g fiber, 2 g protein
• 4 to 6 raspberries (or 2 strawberries)
• 1 tablespoon lime juice
• 1 teaspoon grated ginger
• ¼ cup mango juice
• ¼ cup grapefruit juice
Muddle raspberries or strawberries at the bottom of a glass, and pour in lime juice. Add grated ginger, mango juice, grapefruit juice, and ice. Stir and enjoy!
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Still Not Feeling Better?
If your morning sickness is severe, you should talk to your doctor right away. She may recommend prescription medications like scopolamine, promethazine, prochlorperazine, or trimethobenzamide. (All have been shown to be safe for use during pregnancy.)
If you can’t hold liquids down for longer than 24 hours, you may be suffering from a more serious condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (yes, the same one that Kate Middleton famously suffered from), in which case you may have to be admitted to the hospital to be rehydrated.
Just remember, no matter how dark things seem, you’re not alone in this. And if you are worried about bothering your doctor, don’t be! It’s her job to make sure you are taken care of during this physically and emotionally charged time.