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The Best Ways to Deal With Morning Sickness

It's called morning sickness, but it can ruin your entire day. Lingering nausea and vomiting spells are common in the first trimester. Luckily, for most women morning sickness eases up after that. Unluckily, there's no surefire way to treat morning sickness. "Nothing works for everyone, which is the very frustrating bit," says Miriam Erick, a morning sickness expert. Try different remedies to find the combination that works for you.

Eat Often

Carbs including crackers and dry toast may settle your stomach, but protein such as turkey is even more effective for many women, notes Erick, who has written four books about morning sickness and is a registered dietitian at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. And while many sufferers of morning sickness steer clear of greasy and spicy foods, Erick says that she's seen eating cheese or pepperoni pizza work to ease nausea. Salty foods like potato chips can also can be effective. Hot or cold foods may also be more soothing than room-temperature foods, Erick suggests.

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Other Foods to Try

  • Ginger - In addition to sucking on ginger candy and sipping ginger ale, you can try sweetened gingered carrots or adding slivers of ginger to hot chicken broth, Erick suggests. This flavoring is known to diminish nausea and vomiting.
  • Dill - The stereotypical pickle cravings that strike some moms-to-be might have medicinal effects for you. "Dill is a stomach calmative," Erick explains. She says that eating dill pickles, drinking the juice from the pickle jar, or making hot or cold red potatoes with dill could provide relief from nausea.
  • Foods to avoid - Sausage, Onions, Gas-causing foods such as cabbage and anything containing MSG.

And don't forget to snack throughout the day and keep nonperishable snacks by your bed for nighttime bathroom breaks. Keeping some food in your stomach at all times can hold morning sickness symptoms at bay.

Banish All Odors

Smells that you never noticed or even enjoyed pre-pregnancy can set off your stomach now. Put scented candles away, put your partner in charge of cooking and cleaning up after the pets, and open windows to fresh air whenever possible.

Track Triggers

Erick says that there are about 10 triggers for nausea and vomiting, and smell is only one of them. Keep a log of your daily activities, diet and sickness spells. Look for patterns. For instance, if you feel nauseated in a carpool to work, you may need to drive yourself. If you always feel sick around 3 pm, try to rework your schedule to make time for a 2:30 nap so you can sleep through that period.

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Try Acupressure

The ancient art of acupressure brings relief for some nauseated women. Find the P6 pressure point. Hold your ring, middle and index fingers together, and lay them across your other wrist, just below the base of your palm. P6 is just under your index finger, in the center of the wrist. Gently massage this spot for a few minutes when feeling the effects of morning sickness or buy an acupressure band to give that spot continuous pressure.

More Remedies to Try

  • Dress in light layers and avoid warm rooms and going out in hot weather.
  • Drink water between meals, not during them, to keep you from getting uncomfortably full.
  • Take any vitamins at night or with a meal, not when your stomach is at its emptiest.
  • Some women might find that acupuncture improves morning sickness symptoms. However, a 2010 survey of more than 5,000 pregnant women done by the UK's Cochrane Collaboration found that acupuncture had "no significant benefit to women in pregnancy." But you never know...

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