What can I do to ease my morning sickness? Prenatal Care

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Woman with hands around stomach having morning sickness.
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For many moms-to-be, morning sickness can be debilitating. See what a doctor recommends and how other moms handle the nausea and vomiting of pregnancy.

Eat Enough and Often

"Don't wait to feel hungry to eat, and opt for foods that are high in carbohydrates and low in fat. Avoid foods that are spicy, salty, or high in protein. The BRAT diet is always helpful and consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast. Drink cold, clear, and carbonated beverages in small amounts as often as possible." -- Sherry Ross, MD, OB/GYN, and women's health expert at Providence Saint John's Health Center, Santa Monica, CA

Sip Sparkling Water

"Sparkling water makes me burp and feel better. I also find that lying on my left side helps. Ginger and crackers never did it for me. They just made me feel worse."

Keep Lemons Handy

"Scratch the peel of a lemon and smell it. Something about the oils helped me with nausea. Not a permanent fix, but it helped me keep something down."

Consider Medication If Necessary

"When my morning sickness got really bad, I called my doctor and she gave me a prescription. Peppermint and water work sometimes, too. Fried chicken and bacon are nauseating smells to me, but my husband seems to love to make them to torture me."

Eat Something Sour

"Trust me, I was hospitalized because my morning sickness was so bad and the only thing that worked was sour candies."

Crackers and Ginger Ale

"I ate crackers and drank ginger ale before I got out of bed in the morning. Lemon helps, too. I liked those little packs of lemonade that you put in bottled water."

The advice on CafeMom aims to educate, inform, and provide a range of solutions to the issues moms care about. It is not a substitute for consultation with a medical professional or treatment for a specific condition. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified professional. Please contact your health-care provider with questions and concerns.