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Tips for Dealing With Ongoing Morning Sickness

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Up to 90 percent of pregnant women experience some degree of nausea or vomiting, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Even though morning sickness typically winds down sometime between weeks 14 and 16, a rocky stomach during your pregnancy can make dealing with daily life a challenge. Instead of waiting for morning sickness to gradually go away, you may be able alleviate the symptoms by watching your diet and trying a non-medical intervention.

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Many Meals

Instead of eating your normal three daily meals, try several small ones. Doing so prevents your stomach from being empty, according to the U.S. Office on Women's Health. That empty tummy feeling is likely to contribute to your nausea. Try eating every few hours to keep your stomach constantly full.

Select Your Smells

Odors may set off your morning sickness. If possible, avoid such smells that disagree with you. While you can't always get away from every foul smell, you can plan ahead to keep your nausea to a minimum. For example, if you can't stand the smell of meat cooking, ask your husband to grill the hamburger outside instead of cooking it indoors yourself.

Just Ginger

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists suggests taking ginger capsules to alleviate morning sickness. It notes that three 250 milligram capsules a day plus one at bedtime may keep nausea at bay. Before trying this or any other herbal medication or supplement, talk to your doctor.

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Food Choice

Paying close attention to what you eat can make the difference between ongoing nausea and feeling better. High protein, low-fat foods can make you feel full without setting off your stomach. You may also want to stick to bland foods, such as toast and crackers, to settle your morning sickness. Avoid greasy or spicy foods, which may irritate your stomach and magnify what you're already feeling.

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