How to Survive Severe Morning Sickness

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 The Duchess of Cambridge is not the only one who has dealt with severe morning sickness. There are many pregnant women who find themselves suffering from severe morning sickness, and it can be hard to know how to deal with it. Read on for some helpful tips.

1. Eat…. If You Can

It is very important when you suffer from morning sickness that you try to keep at least a little something in your stomach at all times. Not like the flu, morning sickness gets worse on an empty stomach, so try whatever you can to keep a little bit of food down.

keep at least a little something in your stomach at all times

2. Eat In Bed

Eating crackers or cookies about 30 minutes before getting out of bed is a good way to settle your stomach before you even start your day. This is a great way to try to combat your nausea before your day even gets started.

Eating crackers or cookies about 30 minutes before getting out of bed

3. Stay Hydrated

Being dehydrated can make morning sickness even worse, so make sure that you get enough to drink during the day. Water is always a good choice, but ginger ale or peppermint tea can also soothe your stomach.

Water is always a good choice

4. Avoid Strong Smells

When you are pregnant, the smallest of smells can irritate your nausea. Try switching to scent free soaps, detergents, cleaners, etc. You can also try eating cold foods like sandwiches, fruits, and salads to avoid cooking foods with strong odors.

Avoid Strong Smells

5. Keep Busy

It doesn’t make sense, but laying down can actually make nausea worse. Therefore, it is important to keep busy if you are feeling ill. Go outside, get some fresh air, go for a walk. These things can help you to relieve a little bit of your sick feeling.

go for a walk

6. Keep It Cool

Feeling hot and sticky can add to your discomfort and can make morning sickness worse. Stay in the cooler areas of your home, run an air conditioner or turn a fan on to make things a little better.

Stay in the cooler areas of your home

7. Try Nausea Fighting Foods

Ginger and peppermint are both well known as nausea fighting foods, so eat them when you are feeling sick. Licorice can also help.

Nausea Fighting Foods

8. Protein Up

Protein can help to fight off nausea too, so make sure to get enough of it in your morning breakfast so that you can be well equipped for the day. Eggs, yogurt, cheese, peanut butter and fruit smoothies are all great ways to incorporate protein into your breakfast routine.

Protein can help to fight off nausea too

9. Ask Your Doctor

If all else fails and you are still battling with severe morning sickness, be sure to talk with your doctor. There are several prescription medications out there that can help to relieve symptoms if nothing else works.

Doctor with laptop and pregnant woman in doctor's office

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Valerie Wisniewski, RN

Ms. Wisniewski has over 15 years experience as a labor and delivery nurse, having also worked previously as a nurse midwife in the Philippines and India. She enjoys empowering women and providing family centered care to women from all cultural and educational backgrounds.