Eating for Two: Healthy Pregnancy Nutrition Tips

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.

Nausea

  • 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.

Constipation

  • 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).

Heartburn

  • 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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