Morning Sickness Misery
Whether it's in the morning or all day long, pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting can be debilitating. Here are some ways to muddle through the misery.
New York nutritionist Keri Glassman, MS, RD, CDN, who recently experienced her own bout with morning sickness, recommends keeping healthy foods on hand, "just in case." "You may have a moment when you feel like you could eat something," she says. "If there's something nutritious already in the house -- like fruit or veggies that have been cut up into bite-size pieces -- you're much more likely to eat them than you would be if you first have to go to the store to get them."
There are also nutrients in fluids, Glassman adds, so if you don't feel like you can eat, you may be able to get down a fruit shake.
Finally, says Miriam Erick, a registered dietician at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, and author of No More Morning Sickness: A Survival Guide for Pregnant Women and Take Two Crackers and Call Me in the Morning, find out what works for you, which may not be what worked for your mother or your best friend.
"There is no one-size-fits all remedy," she says.
Originally published Nov. 18, 2002.
Medically updated February 2005.
SOURCES: Jennifer Dansicker • Peter Degnan, MD, director of integrated medicine, Equinox Health and Healing, Portsmouth, New Hampshire • Cathryn Tobin, MD, author • Ann Douglas, author • William Grant, EdD, associate dean of graduate medical education and research professor of family medicine, State University of New York Upstate Medical University • Miriam Erick, registered dietician, Brigham and Women's Hospital