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    How to deal with morning sickness at the start of pregnancy

    Morning sickness can strike at any time of day or night, especially at the start of pregnancy. Here’s a few things that could help make your first, delicate trimester a little easier to stomach.

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    • Keep topped up with plenty of fluids – take small sips often to help prevent vomiting.
    • Eat whatever pregnancy-safe foods are appealing to you.
    • Eat small, frequent meals and that include carbohydrates.
    • Avoid spicy or rich foods.
    • Steer clear of foods that smell unpalatable.
    • Have a small snack, like toast or crackers, first thing in the morning.
    • Drink ginger beverages or eat gingery snacks.
    • Make a note of what you eat to see if you can learn which foods trigger nausea.
    • Get plenty of fresh air.
    • Try to get some rest.
    • Experiment with acupressure—it works for some people.
    • Do not take over-the-counter medicines to treat motion sickness or nausea. Speak to your doctor if you think your nausea requires medication.
    • To ensure your good nutrition, talk to your doctor if you are vomiting frequently or if your severe morning sickness isn’t subsiding by the 4th month.
    • Speak to your doctor if your urine is extremely dark or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
    • For any other aches and pains, read our checklist on pregnancy pains and discomfort.

    Sources:

    Public Health Agency of Canada. Common Pregnancy Complaints. www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/pregnancy/complaints.html Accessed August 2020.

     SOGC Clinical Practice Guideline No. 339: The Management of Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2016;38(12):1127-1137.

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