Help for Nausea, Heartburn & Constipation
Pregnancy may make your cheeks glow, but thanks to the growing fetus's pressure on your organs, it can certainly do a number on your digestive system. But by tweaking your diet and following a few simple tips, you can help ease unpleasant symptoms, says Jeff Hempl, Ph.D., R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Here are some to try.
- Opt for cold dishes, which give off fewer aromas, over warm ones.
- Keep dry, bland foods, such as crackers and popcorn, at your bedside to quell a.m. queasies.
- Munch on small snacks throughout the day: A little something in your stomach can stave off nausea.
- Fit in plenty of high-fiber foods every day.
- Drink at least 8 glasses of fluids per day.
- Ask your doctor whether splitting your iron supplement in 2 doses is an option for you (iron is a possible cause of constipation).
- Eat small, frequent meals (6 small meals instead of 3, for example).
- Save beverages for after meals.
- Avoid reclining or lying down within an hour of eating.
Originally published in the May 2002 issue of Parents magazine.
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