Doing Battle With Morning Sickness
Doing Battle with Morning Sickness
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On some level, the nausea can be reassuring -- an early sign that a tiny
human being really is growing inside of you. Carla Laszlo, 29, of Southwick,
Mass., recently found out she was pregnant and a week later started to feel
queasy. "I finally feel like something is happening to me," she says.
"With this being my first pregnancy, I was anxious to 'feel' pregnant.
Fortunately or unfortunately, I'm getting my wish."
Some studies, in fact, have indicated that women with little or no morning
sickness have a higher rate of miscarriage. That's because women who end up
miscarrying typically have lower levels of hCG, says Dr. Niebyl. Another
theory, although widely disputed, is that morning sickness is actually nature's
way of keeping women away from substances that could harm the developing
Quelling the Queasies
One principle that might help keep morning sickness at bay is that nausea is
often worse on an empty stomach. So eat small, frequent meals throughout the
day rather than the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner. Keep some crackers
on your nightstand to munch on before you get out of bed in the morning. If
taking a prenatal vitamin in the morning on an empty stomach exacerbates your
nausea, try taking it at night instead.
Bland starches, such as breads, rice or pasta, which are metabolized
quickly, are often the best choices for morning sickness, says Anne Dubner, a
registered dietician and nutrition consultant in Houston. So are high-protein
snacks, which take longer to digest and therefore stay in your body longer. A
combination of the two -- crackers with peanut butter or cheese, for instance,
might be particularly helpful. Also, avoid highly spiced or greasy foods and
gas-producing vegetables like cabbage.
"Whatever works, that's the rule in morning sickness, and what makes you
feel good at 9 a.m. may not make you feel good at 4 p.m.," says Elizabeth
Ward, a registered dietician in Boston and author of "Pregnancy Nutrition:
Good Health for You and Your Baby." Don't worry about not getting enough
nutrition during the first trimester if you don't have much of an appetite,
either, because the nutritional needs of the fetus are still minimal.