Remedies for nausea in pregnancy

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Many women, in pregnancy, suffering from nausea, a condition that has no consequences for the baby - indeed, it appears to be associated with a lower risk of miscarriage in the first few weeks - but can be very annoying.



If you are one of them, here are a series of tips to try to fight it.

In this article

  • Change the way you eat
  • Choose the most suitable snacks
  • Avoid fatty and spicy foods
  • Avoid foods and smells that bother you
  • Eat something as soon as you wake up
  • Drink a lot, in small sips
  • Don't drink too much with meals
  • Try ginger
  • Try chamomile tea
  • Try to rest
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Try to get away
  • Try vitamin B6
  • Try acupuncture and bracelets
  • If the malaise is intense, see your doctor

1. Change the way you eat

  • small frequent meals
  • break up the portions

Frequent small meals are more tolerable: the ideal is to focus on three complete meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) plus two snacks (mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks) rather than just two more substantial meals (lunch and dinner).



If that's not enough, you can further break up the portions during the day: munch on a toast, eat a banana, chew some almonds or pumpkin seeds, so the stomach does not empty and the nausea subsides.

2. Choose the most suitable snacks

Prefer products based on carbohydrates (such as bread, crackers, rusks) and with low in fat. Many women like slightly salty flavors (ok even a cube of parmesan or parmesan) more than sweet ones.



In the first few weeks a moderate intake of salt is still allowed, while the amount of salt introduced in the diet should have decreased from 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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3. Avoid fatty and heavily spiced foods

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4. Avoid foods and smells that bother you

There is no fixed rule: every woman knows what she tolerates least. She considers that cold foods have less scent than hot ones, so you may prefer definitely freddi.

5. Eat something as soon as you wake up

If the nausea is particularly annoying in the morning, try eating some crackers, some dry bread or some dried fruit straight from the bed, even before you get up. This will raise your blood sugar levels, which may lessen the feeling of nausea.

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6. Drink a lot, in small sips

Find out what makes you feel better: water (many prefer it sparkling), or other carbonated drinks (but without caffeine), herbal teas, perhaps with a little sugar, vegetable broth.

Possible alternatives to drinks - but without exaggerating - are fruits that contain a lot of water, such as melon, fruit ice cream, an ice cube.

7. Try not to combine solids and liquids during meals

In other words, don't drink too much while you eat

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8. Try a ginger tea ...

If you like it, you can buy it ready-made, or prepare it at home by pouring boiling water over a few slices of fresh ginger or candied ginger. Alternatively, you can also chew a few fresh slices.

Read also: Nausea in pregnancy and ginger

9.… or with chamomile tea

According to the latest recommendations of the World Health Organization for a healthy pregnancy, even a herbal tea with chamomile could reduce the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Trying doesn't hurt for sure.

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10. Try to rest

If you feel nauseous, fatigue can exacerbate the discomfort. If you need help around the house, don't hesitate to ask.

12. Try to distract yourself

Sometimes, thinking too much about the nausea that plagues you makes it seem even more intense. Try to distract yourself with a book, a good movie, a walk, a chat with a friend.

13. Try Vitamin B6

It is already contained in multivitamins used in pregnancy, but it may be worth talking to your doctor, who may recommend a more specific formulation or a higher dosage. Several studies confirm a certain usefulness of vitamin B6 in reducing the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.

Read also: Vitamin B6 and pregnancy

14. Try acupuncture or anti-nausea bracelets

The results of the few studies available are not striking, but some women may actually benefit from the anti-nausea bracelet in pregnancy. For acupuncture, you obviously need to go to a specialist doctor.

15. If the malaise becomes intense, talk to your doctor

Some pharmacological solutions are possible for the most accentuated cases.

Sources for this article

Web page of the information site of the English health system; WebMD website page, American Gynecologists' Guidelines on Nausea in Pregnancy; consultancy from Stefano Bianchi, director of the Gynecology and Obstetrics Unit of the San Giuseppe Hospital in our city; Guidelines of the Ministry of Health on physiological pregnancy; World Health Organization Recommendations for a Positive Pregnancy Experience; article Doxylamine / pyridoxine for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy published in March 2022 in the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin

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