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How to Avoid Morning Sickness

About three quarters of pregnant women have nausea (and sometimes vomiting) during their first trimester. For some, it’s worse in the morning and gets better over the course of the day, but “morning sickness” can strike at any time.

Commonly recommended suggestions to help relieve morning sickness:

  • Avoid foods and smells that trigger your nausea.
  • Keep simple snacks such as crackers by your bed. When you first wake up, have a few crackers and then rest for 20 to 30 minutes before getting out of bed.
  • Eat small, frequent meals or snacks throughout the day so that your stomach is never empty.
  • Sip water frequently throughout the day and aim to drink about a quart and a half altogether. If you’ve been vomiting a lot, try a sports drink that contains glucose, salt, and potassium to replace lost electrolytes.
  • Take your prenatal vitamin with food or just before bed.

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