Archive for February, 2011

Morning Sickness Survival Guide

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Ways to help you deal with daily nausea. 


Ginger is believed to settle an upset stomach. Try ginger candies, gingersnaps, ginger tea and ginger ale. You can grate fresh ginger into tea too.


Suck on or sniff lemons (many women swear by the taste and scent!). Drink water with sliced lemon and lemonade. Wearing lemon-scented hand cream can also help.

Acupressure bands

Acupressure bands (sold in drugstores) are cotton wristbands with plastic buttons that push acupuncture points on your wrist. Generally used to prevent seasickness, some soon-to-be moms say these bands have alleviated their morning sickness.

Catch your zzz’s

Not getting enough shut-eye can increase nausea, so be sure to get your rest and catch a nap whenever possible. And don’t jump out of bed in the morning; get up slowly so you don’t upset your tummy.

Mints or peppermint gum

If you can stomach chewing gum or sucking on mints, peppermint is said to quell nausea.

Herbal tea (lemon, peppermint, chamomile)

A nice, hot cup of tea might do the trick. Add rinsed, grated lemon, grapefruit or orange rind if citrus flavours and scents work for you.

Vitamin B

Some studies show that taking vitamin B6 when pregnant can reduce nauesa and vomiting. Talk to your cargeiver about this option.


A glass of good old-fashioned H20 can do wonders. The thought of downing a glass of water might make your stomach turn, but the more hydrated you are, the better you’ll feel.

Ice chips and popsicles, my favourite!

Icy treats will keep you hydrated when you’re having problems keeping food down.

Keep eating

Many women swear by keeping crackers or dried cereal on their nightstand so they can get something in their empty tummies when they wake up. Eat small meals and snacks all day (little meals are easier on a sore stomach). Try not to indulge in fried foods too often (fatty, greasy fare digests slower than other foods and that can upset your stomach). That said, if French fries are all you can handle, go ahead and eat them! (Note: Keep drinks separate from meals. Drinking and eating at the same time can upset your stomach.)


Your caregiver might suggest and prescribe Diclectin to help manage your nausea. Diclectin is the most studied pregnancy drug available and is safe for you and your baby, says The Hospital for Sick Kids’ Motherrisk program. Speak to your caregiver about this option if you’ve tried these suggestions and still need relief.

Thank you Today’s Parent for a great article.