by Lempi Koivisto
We've put together a list of food moms swear will have you spending more time glowing, and less time throwing up.
Unfortunately there's no guarantee that any food will help you to avoid pregnancy nausea completely. We hope one of these will help keep morning sickness from overwhelming you.
1. Bland, Baby, Bland
Starting out the day with crackers, dry toast or dry cereal as soon as you wake up puts something in your stomach and can help prevent nausea. There's lots of new types of bread out there - and even some crackers that are beyond "saltines."
2. Ginger Anything
Ginger calms your stomach and can help prevent symptoms of morning sickness. Add fresh peeled ginger to many different foods. Steep fresh ginger in boiling water to make a hot ginger tea. Health food stores offer powdered ginger caplets that can be taken to prevent morning sickness symptoms, but consult your doctor before taking them to make sure they are safe for you and your pregnancy.
Moms swear by lemon -- lemon slices, lemon drop, lemonade. You can even find lollipops just for pregnant gals in "lemon flavor." Some moms-to-be maintain that just a whiff of lemon curbs their nausea. It's definitely worth a try!
You can crush peppermint into your lemonade. Herbal teas including anise and peppermint work as nausea reducers, so you can follow your dry toast up with a nice cup of tea. Later you can chop a leaf into a pasta salad, together with fresh cherry tomatoes. Like lemon drops, sucking on a peppermint candy works too.
5. Greek Yogurt
Yogurt contains live-culture bacteria that help with digestion and boost your immune system. Sandy, a pregnancy.org member shared a family cure for morning sickness featuring another cultured milk product -- buttermilk.
6. Baked Potato
A small baked potato without butter or sour cream can help settle your stomach. These starches seem to halt the nausea and vomiting that often accompany a new pregnancy, at least for a while. You can bake, microwave or use a convection toaster oven to make the culinary delight.
7. Whole Grains
Whole grains are rich in fiber, which might help prevent the hallmark symptoms of morning sickness. Try a slice of whole wheat toast, a whole grain English muffin or a bowl of oatmeal with almonds and berries. Since there are so many varieties, keep trying until you find the brand or kind that helps you the most.
8. Green Apples
This sour fruit has a reputation among pregnant women. A sniff or a few bites of the green apple helps get rid of that "hurling" feeling. Keep a few apples in the fruit bowl, you'll be glad you did. Sometimes when you chill them in the fridge, they can be even more refreshing.
9. Ice Chips
Dehydration exasperates morning sickness which isn't good at all. If you've hit the point where you can't even keep water down, try sucking on ice chips. Once your body's had a good drink, you might find you can stomach food again. If your case is severe, please contact your healthcare provider right away.
10. Simple Electrolyte Replacer
Instead of water, try a glass of home-made "gatorade." Add a few squirts of lemon juice, a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda to a tall glass of filtered water. You can wweeten to taste with stevia or another pregnancy-safe sweetener.
Since your reading this article, you're probably battling nausea or worse. Did any of these "cures" bring victory to your home? Do you have some of your own to share? Tell us in the comments!
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