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Coping with Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

It is important that you eat even when you don’t feel like it. The list below may help you get started.

If you like these tastes... TRY

Tart/Sour - pickles, lemonade

Earthy - brown rice, mushroom soup, nuts

Crunchy - celery sticks, apples

Bland - mashed potatoes

Salty - chips, pretzels

Soft - bread, noodles

Sweet - cake, sugary cereal

Fruity - juice, fruity popsicles, dried fruit

Wet - juice, seltzer, water

Dry - crackers

  • Eat small meals more often (every two to three hours). Do not skip meals and avoid getting hungry.

  • Have a snack before bedtime or during the night.

  • Try eating a piece of dry toast, dry cereal or a few crackers before getting out of bed in the morning.

  • Get out of bed slowly; avoid fast movements.

  • Eat foods with carbohydrates such as fruit, fruit juice, breads, cereals, rice and potatoes.

  • Drink fluids between meals rather than with meals to avoid feeling too full.

  • Get lots of rest.

Avoid the following:

  • strong, spicy foods

  • high fat and fried foods, such as battered chicken or bologna

  • brushing your teeth right after eating

  • brushing your tongue

  • strong food smells and cooking odours by eating cold foods, open windows to freshen the air, avoiding coffee, garlic and other spices and having others cook when possible or buy frozen dinners

  • cigarette smoke

If these tips do not help, call your doctor or Motherisk at 1-800-436-8477. If nausea and vomiting occur for a long time it can be harmful to you and your baby.