While the thought of a new baby may make you want to jump for joy, the churning in your stomach may keep you leaning over the toilet. Many women experience occasional bouts of nausea and vomiting during the first few months of pregnancy. Commonly known as morning sickness, this stomach upset can occur any time of day or night. Although morning sickness usually decreases as pregnancy progresses, minimizing discomfort in the meantime may help you enjoy your pregnancy.
An old-fashioned remedy your mother may have employed, crackers may actually reduce your feelings of nausea. The American Pregnancy Association recommends eating soda crackers about 15 minutes before you get out of bed in the morning. Keep a package on your nightstand to ward off the morning nausea.
Drink After Eating
Drinking large amounts of fluids with your meals may lead to nausea and vomiting. Sip just enough water to help you swallow your foods. Allow your food to digest for about 30 minutes before consuming a glass of water or juice. Sipping small amounts of fluid throughout the day may help you ward off dehydration, without upsetting your sensitive stomach.
Turn Down the Thermostat
Staying cool may decrease your feelings of morning sickness. Avoid hot rooms or prolonged periods outdoors during hot weather. Turn on your air conditioner when indoors, and wear loose clothing that allows the air to cool your skin.
Stuffy areas and certain odors may make you feel ill. Open a window while you cook, or turn on a fan to keep the air moving. Roll down the window in your car to let in a little fresh air. Limit your exposure to strong odors, such as heavy perfumes, rotting garbage and cooking foods.
Nibble and Snack
Keeping something in your stomach reduce vomiting. Snacking throughout the day may also keep you from vomiting by limiting the pressure of heavy meals. Consume a well-balanced diet by splitting your meals into several small snacks. Certain snacks may also reduce nausea. In addition to soda crackers, salted potato chips might help settle your stomach. Sucking on a hard candy, such as a lemon drop or a breath mint, may reduce unpleasant tastes in your mouth and mask unpleasant odors.