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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.

    • 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.


    Public Health Agency of Canada. Common Pregnancy Complaints. 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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