Morning Sickness Strategies

Food for Thought

Though there's no surefire way to prevent morning sickness, some small changes to your diet can help you feel a lot better: Eat five or six small meals a day rather than three big ones, keep crackers on your nightstand to nosh on at bedtime and before you get up in the morning, and listen to your body's cravings.

Most women opt for a bland diet of bagels, applesauce, and bananas, but your stomach may tell you otherwise. For four straight weeks, the only thing I could stand for lunch was a plain Wendy's hamburger.

Consuming liquids between meals instead of with them worked wonders for Kelly Young, of Indianapolis. "I really missed washing down my food with a glass of water, but it was worth it to avoid feeling sick after eating," she says. Sipping tea or sweet, carbonated beverages can also quell an agitated stomach. Or try drinking lemonade. "Some pregnant women suffer from profuse salivation, which can stimulate vomiting," Dr. Yost explains. "Tart beverages help decrease the production of saliva."

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