Avoiding certain pregnancy complications can be challenging, but you may be able to reduce your chances of experiencing certain pregnancy issues by being particularly cautious while you're expecting. For example, if you avoid alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, then you may lower your baby's risk of being born with a defect. However, knowing what to eat and what to avoid to help combat morning sickness can be more challenging. Luckily, many women have experienced this common pregnancy issue and have shared their tips on how to beat it.
What to eat and what to avoid
Your doctor has probably talked to you about what foods you should be eating during your pregnancy if you want to have a healthy baby. While you should be sure to follow his or her advice, you should also look into what foods will help you combat morning sickness - and which ones may be more likely to bring it on. It's important for you to be able to keep food down during the early months of pregnancy, so if you find that you've been getting sick a lot, you may want to re-examine what you're eating.
Yahoo! published an article by a pregnant woman who explained what she had been eating during her first trimester that seemed to be helping with her morning sickness. She explained that after a while she could only take so many soda crackers, so after throwing up in the morning she would try eating a few tortilla chips instead. She found that they settled her stomach and didn't seem to come back on her.
She also said that egg bagels were one thing she could consistently eat during her pregnancy without feeling sick. This makes sense, since Discovery Health explained that while they may not be your best friends if you're on a diet, complex carbohydrates such as pasta, bread and potatoes can be easier to digest, which is why you may want to consider eating these if you're experiencing morning sickness.
While these foods may help you combat morning sickness, you may still be wondering which ones will worsen it. According to WebMD, every woman is different and some of the foods that are making you feel nauseous may be ones that other women crave. This is why you need to identify the foods that seem to trigger your morning sickness and avoid them. For example, do you feel sick every time you smell something fried or fishy? If so, try to stay away from these foods as much as possible. Furthermore, you may want to eat your meals next to an open window to avoid having odors become overwhelming. This way, you can get a little fresh air and still enjoy your meal.
Other tips for battling morning sickness
Discovery Health added that to ease nausea, you may want to avoid eating and drinking at the same time. Instead, eat your meals and then drink your beverages between them to avoid too much bulk in the stomach.
Also, consider taking a walk and getting fresh air when you feel nausea coming on. Walking outdoors is a good way to avoid certain food smells, and it may help your body digest the food that's already in your stomach. Furthermore, getting regular, moderate exercise is good for your body and your growing baby.
Finally, talk to your doctor if your morning sickness becomes too much to handle. He or she will be able to give you helpful advice.
Did you experience severe morning sickness during your pregnancy? What did your doctor tell you to do to ease your symptoms? Do you have any advice for other women? Tell your story here!