Need Help With Pregnancy Nausea? | Here’s my 8 Best Tips

by Natalie on July 3, 2014

help with pregnancy nauseaIf you’re struggling with pregnancy nausea, my heart goes out to you. I know it can be difficult to get through the day when you’re feeling sick all the time.

When I was pregnant back in 2012, I definitely had to deal with nausea. Luckily it wasn’t severe, and it went away right after the first trimester. But during those first 12 weeks, eating was a constant struggle.

Unfortunately, there’s no magic bullet to morning sickness. Some women respond to intervention, while other’s don’t. Below you will find my 8 best tips for dealing with pregnancy nausea. Think of it as a buffet. Try what you want and leave the rest. I just hope something in the list provides you some relief.

1. Try the “BRAT” diet.

B – Bananas
R – Rice
A – Applesauce
T – Toast

Traditionally used for children with nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, the BRAT diet can also be helpful for pregnant women suffering from severe morning sickness. The foods included on the BRAT diet are considered to be very easy to digest and tolerate. Because it’s so limited in nutrients, it’s not recommended as a long-term pregnancy diet, but it works well in the short term, when nausea and vomiting are at high levels.

2. Eat a few crackers or a piece of dry toast before getting out of bed in the morning.

3. Experiment with your pre-natal vitamin.

Some women struggle with taking their pre-natal during pregnancy. I actually never had trouble with my pre-natal, but had a really hard time taking my fish oil supplements (hello fish burps). Make sure to take your pre-natal with food, and see if it helps to take it in the evening with dinner. You may also want to trial taking your pre-natal in a drink form. I know of a brand called Oxylent, which you can stir into water. I have tried it and liked it.

4. Have smaller, more frequent meals.

Due to hormonal changes in pregnancy, your digestion slows. A large meal can lead to feelings of nausea, or make nausea feel worse. Feelings of hunger can make nausea worse too, so be sure to have a little something every few hours.

5. Sip on lemon water with meals.

Lemon water may help digestion by stimulating your stomach’s acid production. The key is to sip, because large amounts of liquids with meals can make nausea worse.

6. Try sipping on ginger tea throughout the day.

To make ginger tea, just peel and slice a 2” chunk of ginger. Cover with boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. No need to take the ginger out. Ginger has long been known to help with nausea. I tried tons of ginger products during pregnancy with no relief, but it works wonders for some women!

7. Try supplementing with vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).

Vitamin B6 supplements have been shown in research to aid in pregnancy nausea. The recommended dose is 25mg, three times per day. I suggest starting with 25mg, once daily for 3 days. If you don’t have improvement, increase to 25mg, twice daily, for 3 days. And if that still does nothing, then increase to full dose of 25mg, 3 times daily. Do not exceed 100mg per day. Check your pre-natal to see how much you are already taking. Some pre-natals already contain higher amounts of B6.

8. Acupuncture may help.

Many women have found relief of morning sickness through acupuncture. Many acupuncturists even work specifically with pregnancy and fertility. Check local listings in your area.

Foods Helpful For Nausea/Vomiting

  • Dry carbohydrates: crackers, toast, bagels, pretzels.
  • Bland grains: rice, quinoa, millet, buckwheat. Cream of buckwheat is a great hot cereal to try.
  • Cooked fruit purees made with fruits like apples, peaches, pears, or bananas.
  • Homemade chicken or beef broth, especially if made with bones from organic chickens or grass-fed cows. The bones release gelatin when cooked, which is very soothing on the GI tract.
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Lisa July 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

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Olive July 16, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Prenatal Oxylent is great! The iron is chelated so no added nausea or constipation and the 10 mg of B6 helps with nausea too, as you mentioned in your article. Thank you for posting!

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