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What can you do against nausea during pregnancy?

  1. Many women suffer from morning sickness. Because this nausea mainly occurs in the morning, it is also called morning sickness. It is often assumed that you cannot do anything about it. Still, there are some simple ways to combat the nausea.

How do you prevent nausea?

  1. The feeling of nausea can appear suddenly and last for a long time. It is difficult to predict whether you will be nauseous or not during pregnancy. In general, an empty stomach makes the feeling of nausea worse. Certain foods also make you more nauseous: after all, your digestion is slowed to get the most out of your food. This allows some foods to "remain on your stomach". Anything that affects your digestion such as stress and medication can also make you nauseous and smells of foods that are bad for you can also make you feel sick.

Practical tips:

  1. Avoid an empty stomach: eat something in between, such as a cup of soup or rusk. Do not eat too much: rather eat 6 small meals than 3 large ones. Drink plenty of water between meals. This ensures smooth digestion and replenishes any moisture deficiencies that may arise from excessive vomiting. Do not eat heavy meals: fat and sugars can be avoided. Fried foods, in particular, can make nausea worse. Do not eat anything that irritates your stomach or eat these foods in small amounts. The culprits are spicy foods and drinks with fizzy foods as well as sugars. Provide plenty of laxative foods. Eat high-fiber foods so you don't get constipation: constipation makes you feel uncomfortable, which can lead to nausea. Avoid stress and rest during the day. It is ideal to lie down with your legs up. Do not lie down after eating, but sit upright for 10 to 15 minutes: this will keep your food from flowing back. Then rest. Eat something easily digestible before going to bed, such as a little yogurt, a biscuit or a cup of milk. This way you have enough sugars in your body when you wake up. Do not eat anything that can ferment in your stomach before bed. Some women are completely unaffected, but many pregnant women suffer from apples or certain vegetables. Eat a little before getting up. Do this lying down. This can be a rusk (with honey) or a cracker or salty biscuits. Don't eat anything too fat. Do not get up until you feel the nausea subside. Take this easy. Don't eat an overweight breakfast. Don't overdo it with caffeine. Coffee makes most pregnant women sick. However, some benefit from a cup of coffee. Drink a glass of lukewarm water or herbal tea every now and then. Ventilate your home well. Food smells that linger or musty smells (cigarettes, dust, perfumes, ...) can make you nauseous. Are you too nauseous to cook? Do not take away food: take-out food often contains a lot of fats and salt. Rather, ask someone else to cook and freeze multiple servings for you. Or cook large quantities yourself when you feel good. That way you always have something at home. Eat a balanced and healthy diet: this is how you prevent deficiencies. Choose seasonal vegetables.

What can you do against the nausea?

  1. A trifle like a piece of bread or a cracker or a cup of soup usually helps. Many women benefit from yogurt (Greek yogurt or natural yogurt). Pickles or other acidic foods such as pickled vegetables often help. Ginger tea also reduces nausea, but should be used in moderation. Chamomile tea and mint tea can also help. Give in to pregnancy cravings, but don't overdo it. Your body usually knows what you need at the time, but don't overdo it with unhealthy foods

When to see the doctor?

  1. Although morning sickness is usually harmless, in some cases it can be caused by a medical problem. Nutritional deficiencies in particular sometimes cause nausea. You should consult a doctor if you:

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