The Best Foods to Fight Nausea During Pregnancy

You find out that you’re pregnancy and you feel on top of the world. Your friends tell you that you’re glowing and your husband can’t stop talking about how beautiful you look. After all you’re going to be a MOM. And then it hits you like a ton of bricks….morning sickness. The euphoria quickly dissolves into nausea around week six and you’re overcome by a carsick/hungover feeling that leaves you feeling totally depleted and nauseous, and stretches way past noon. While feeling queasy may be unavoidable for some, there are certain foods that can help tame your tummy. Here at A to Z we recommend stocking up on the six foods below.

1. Ginger. Tea, ginger ale, ginger candy or even cookies. There’s a reason ginger snaps are “prescribed” for seasickness.

2. Saltines. Keep a stash of salty treats (saltines, pretzels, cereal) on your nightstand and reach for them before getting out of the bed in the morning. The starch helps absorb stomach acids and salty foods are often tolerated when nothing else is. (FYI many brands are full of hydrogenated oils. The best way to avoid those and other yucky ingredients is to buy organic. We recommend Back to Nature, Late July or Annie’s Homegrown Organic Bunny Classics.)

3. Popsicles.  Ice pops and other frozen treats can be soothing and easier to stomach than liquids. Pregnant women need lots of fluids and the less hydrated you are, the more nauseous you will feel. Try to choose a brand that doesn’t use high fructose corn syrup (Whole Foods sells several brands) or make your own.

4. Peanut Butter. The thought alone of chicken or meat may send you rushing to the bathroom, so try to eat foods that are high in protein but also comforting. A high protein snack before bed will help keep your blood glucose levels stable through the night. Also some women find that cold foods like sandwiches are easier to tolerate than warm, more pungent fare. That said, we know many a pregnant woman who’s lived on grilled cheese, mashed potatoes and pizza alone!

5.  Bananas. Potassium is an important electrolyte that is often depleted as a result morning sickness. Other good sources of potassium include potatoes (see reference to mashed above!), dried apricots, yogurt and avocados.

6. Lemons. Some women find that the smell of citrus makes them feel better. Try adding lemon or lime wedges to water or sucking on a lemon-flavored hard candy.

A few other tips…
* Try to eat small meals and snacks throughout the day rather than three large meals.
* Fluids between meals will keep you from feeling full and may be easier to tolerate.
* Avoid spicy or greasy foods–or anything with a strong smell.
* Vitamin B6 may also help, but talk to your doctor first.