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Tips to help with morning sickness or drug-associated nausea

  • Eat smaller meals and snacks more frequently instead of eating a few larger meals.
  • Try to eat more bland food.
  • Avoid spicy, greasy or strong-smelling food.
  • Try eating cold rather than hot food. Or let hot food cool before you eat it.
  • Do not eat in a room that is stuffy or that has lingering cooking smells.
  • If cooking smells bother you, then open the windows while cooking.
  • Keep the room well ventilated.
  • Microwave meals prepare food quickly and with minimum smells. They also help you eat a meal as soon as you feel hungry. Getting someone else to prepare your meals can help.
  • Eat at a table, rather than lying down. Do not lie down immediately after eating.
  • Try not to drink with your meal or straight after. It is better to wait an hour and then sip drinks. It is important for pregnant women not to become dehydrated though
    so do remember to drink outside mealtimes.
  • Leave some dry crackers by your bed. Eat one or two before you get up in the morning.
  • Peppermint might be helpful. It can be taken in tea or in chewing gum.
  • Ginger might be helpful. It can be used in capsule or as ginger root powder. Fresh root ginger peeled and steeped in hot water might help.

Last updated: 1 December 2015.