Eating to Avoid Morning Sickness

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 | Articles, Treating Morning Sickness Category | | Print This Article

If you’re dealing with morning sickness, you may not even want to hear about eating. No one likes to think about eating when they’re nauseated. Still, there are some eating habits that can actually help prevent morning sickness. Nothing can guarantee that you’ll avoid morning sickness altogether, but making these proactive nutritional choices can help you avoid the worst of it.

  • Avoid caffeine. We know. Your doctor told you one cup of coffee or caffeinated soda per day won’t hurt you or your baby, right? While it may not cause lasting damage, the one cup of coffee rule is really just a concession. Dropping the caffeine altogether is healthier and may help decrease your likelihood of morning sickness.
  • Avoid fried food. The oil used for frying can aggravate morning sickness. On top of that, it isn’t very healthy. Make baked chicken instead of fried or skip the breading altogether and eat it grilled or broiled.
  • Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners. Most kinds of sweetener can increase your chance of morning sickness. On top of that, many types of artificial sweetener are bad for the baby. Try eating naturally sweet foods like fruit instead.
  • Eat more cereals. High intake of cereals and whole grains decreases your chance of having morning sickness. Be careful with breakfast cereals, though: many of them have added sugar and sweeteners that you’ll want to avoid.
  • Eat a balanced diet. It should come as no surprise that eating a healthy, balanced diet is important during pregnancy. It can also help reduce morning sickness. Many believe that morning sickness is your body’s way of protecting your baby from food that’s unhealthy. Eat lots of veggies, fruit, and whole grains. Eat lean, non-fried, meat in moderation.

None of these tips is a guarantee that you won’t still have morning sickness. Morning sickness is a normal part of most pregnancies. While you’re going through it, though, it’s good to know that there are some things you can do to help reduce the nausea.

Be proactive about your morning sickness. Try to keep your diet healthy. Even if you adopt all of these healthy habits, you’ll still want to keep some saltines and ginger ale close by.

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