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Nausea is a common symptom of pregnancy. This “morning sickness” is most prevalent in the 1st trimester, and is likely due to hormone fluctuation. It can return later in pregnancy, but by then it’s probably caused by your growing baby pressing against your stomach.

Prenatal multivitamins help ensure you're getting enough nutrients

Even if you are eating well, the amount of important nutrients you should eat daily increases during pregnancy and might be difficult to obtain from what you normally eat.

The Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) guidelines recommend that you increase your intake of many essential vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients. If your daily diet doesn’t measure up, prenatals will help you fill the gaps.

Consider prenatal multivitamins your backup plan in case you miss any of these nutrients throughout the day.

Make it stop, please.

To fight morning sickness, try to:

  • Keep crackers by the bed and eat a few before getting up in the morning
  • Eat at least every two hours to avoid hunger
  • Eat a high-protein snack at bedtime
  • Drink beverages and soups in between meals
  • Use fruit juices mixed with carbonated beverages, such as ginger ale or carbonated water

Source: Somer E. Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy: The Complete Guide to Eating Before, During and After Your Pregnancy, 2e. 2002: 129.

This should do the trick…

To ease stomach discomfort, try:

  • Cold foods such as smoothies and yogurt
  • Cool, bubbly drinks like fruit-flavored carbonated water or ginger ale with real ginger
  • Ginger tea with fresh grated ginger, or ginger candies
  • Easy-to-digest foods within the “BRAT” diet, including: bananas, rice, applesauce, toast or crackers

It’s not going away. Now what?

Mild to moderate morning sickness is normal and not harmful to you or your baby. However, if it persists or becomes severe, speak with your doctor.