Eating Habits to Reduce Morning
Up to 90 percent of women experience nausea
beginning at about the fourth week of pregnancy.
Simple lifestyle and diet changes can sometimes
alleviate the discomfort of morning
Despite its name, morning
sickness can occur at any time, and its cause is
unknown. No drugs are available for the nausea,
but altering your eating habits can help.
Doctors recommend foods high in protein and
carbohydrates, such as cheese, crackers and
milk. Try not to eat fatty foods, as they have
been shown to exacerbate morning sickness. It's
best to eat before you become hungry, and be
sure to drink enough liquids.
your daily routine can make a difference, too.
Avoid smoking for the health of both you and
your baby. Some women find that being less
active in the morning helps with nausea.
Increasing sleep and decreasing stress also have
been found to decrease nausea.
morning sickness doesn't abate after taking some
of these steps, talk to your doctor. Be sure to
call your doctor if you have more serious
systems, such as severe vomiting for several
days in a row.
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Prepared for Pregnancy
If you're trying to get pregnant, you can be
ready by making healthy lifestyle choices before
conception. Being prepared can help avoid
complications later in your pregnancy.
Address any health
concerns. Manage any health conditions,
such as diabetes, heart disease or epilepsy,
before becoming pregnant. If you have an ongoing
condition, talk to your doctor before
Know your family's
history. Some conditions can be
inherited, so be sure to tell your doctor about
medical problems in your family, such as cystic
fibrosis or multiple sclerosis.
Exercise helps you stay healthy during
pregnancy, and it can make labor less
Start on a nutritious diet before you conceive.
Focus on eating proteins, fruit and vegetables,
whole grains and dairy products, while trying to
reduce sugar and caffeine.
Take a folic acid
supplement. Folic acid reduces the
chances of birth defects that affect the spinal
cord and brain, such as spina bifida.
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