From finding certain odors extremely bad to disliking your favorite food all of a sudden, nausea during pregnancy can get more annoying than you think.
Experiencing nausea during pregnancy can begin as soon as you are six weeks into your pregnancy. However, certain foods can do wonders in relieving this discomfort.
Read this blog to know all about it.
What does nausea during pregnancy indicate?
Wondering what morning sickness can possibly indicate apart from the very fact that you are carrying your little one in your womb? Well, feeling nauseous during pregnancy is actually a good sign.
While studies are yet to be sure about what exactly causes nausea, research suggests there’s a good chance that it’s your pregnancy hormones doing their part. This means your body has already started prepping up for a healthy pregnancy.
How can I manage nausea during pregnancy?
As common as it sounds, experiencing nausea during pregnancy can result in you not being able to eat healthy. But guess what? With some small lifestyle changes and home remedies, you can combat nausea to a great extent.
Tips to eat healthy while nauseous during pregnancy
1. Snack often but in small quantities
Wondering about the best way to plan your meals while you are still struggling with pregnancy nausea? It’s by breaking your meals into smaller portions. Yes, eating proper meals might not seem easy, but remember, an empty stomach can worsen your nausea.
So, on days when you don’t feel like eating anything, munching on healthy and light snacks like toast, nuts or seeds might be your only way out.
Morning sickness, at times, can make you ditch your favorite foods too. When this happens, make fluids come to your rescue. From drinking plenty of water to ginger water and even ginger tea, see what works best for you.
Just know the trick is to stay hydrated without feeling sick. Here are some of the other liquid foods you can experiment with:
- Water-rich fruits and vegetables (cucumber, watermelon)
- Fresh coconut water
- Healthy smoothies and shakes
3. Eat before getting out of bed
Munching on a light snack before you get up in the morning has worked for many in fighting morning sickness. Make sure to keep this snack a light one! From dry toast to dry fruits, see what your body likes.
Besides, avoid eating too close to your night bedtime since it can lead to indigestion that might ultimately make you feel like throwing up.
4. Take your prenatal vitamins with meals
Your doctor might recommend prenatal vitamins to make up for all the additional vitamins you need for both you and the baby. But guess what comes as an unfortunate side effect with these vitamin tablets? NAUSEA!
In this case, you can try taking your vitamins with the meals, and you should be good to go! See your doctor if it still doesn’t seem to help.
5. Add protein to your diet
Research suggests that adding protein-rich foods to your diet can be really helpful in keeping the feelings of nausea during pregnancy at bay. In fact, you can even try starting your day with a protein-rich breakfast and see if it seems to be any better for your nausea.
Major sources of protein include:
- Peanut butter
- Hard-boiled eggs
Contrary to its name, morning sickness can hit your schedule with its presence at any time of the day, and if it’s any consolation, nausea affects around 70% of pregnant women. Now that you know it’s quite common for you to experience it, why not stay prepared well ahead? From making lifestyle changes of often snacking to trying home remedies like eating a light snack before getting out of bed in the morning, see what works best for you.
Read this blog to know 8 healthy snacks for pregnancy.