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During pregnancy, your health is number one priority. That’s why we went straight to top pregnancy health experts for all the details you want to know about the most common pregnancy problems. In our pregnancy problems guide, you can read about a slew of pregnancy conditions – everything from hemorrhoids to gestational diabetes. Find out what any pregnancy symptom could possibly mean (are you swollen just because you’re expecting, or is it a sign of some complication?) and find out whether or not it’s worth a call to your OB. If you already know you’ve got a pregnancy complication or health condition, our comprehensive articles will give you the scoop on its causes and how it can affect you and baby. Plus, get treatment tips straight from medical experts and pregnant women like you. Yup, we've got answers to all your questions about pregnancy health problems right here!

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Morning Sickness

Feel like you're gonna puke? Here's how to feel better.

What’s the best way to treat morning sickness?

Unfortunately, there’s no magic pill for curing that horrible, about-to-barf-any-second sensation. But there are some things you can do to try to minimize it:

Try to eat frequent, small meals throughout the day, focusing on stomach-friendly foods like starchy carbs and yogurt, and avoiding greasy and spicy foods. An empty stomach only increases nausea. Keep saltine crackers by your bed so that you can snack on a couple before getting up in the morning.

Prevent dehydration (another nausea trigger) by sipping small amounts of water throughout the day and eating hydrating foods like popsicles.

You can also try Sea-Bands or Psi Bands, which are oh-so-stylish stretchy wristbands that can reduce nausea by stimulating acupressure points. (They’re available at most drugstores.)

Vitamin B6 has been shown in scientific studies to reduce early pregnancy nausea. Taking a 10 mg or 25 mg tablet up to four times a day can help soothe your tummy. A ginger capsule (250 mg) taken up to four times daily has also been shown in scientific studies to reduce nausea and vomiting associated with pregnancy.
Finally, if you’re spending a good part of the day over the toilet or simply can’t stomach the thought of waiting until your second trimester to feel better, ask your doctor about over-the-counter or prescription medications that might help

What can I do to prevent morning sickness?

Although you can’t really prevent morning sickness, studies show that women who take multivitamins before conception are less likely to get nauseous -- so if you’re TTC, start sucking those vitamins down now.
What do other pregnant moms do when they have morning sickness?

“I asked a nurse, and she said to drink flat Coke, but only in little sips, all day long. It totally helped!”

“Saltines, Life Savers and sparkling water are my miracle drugs at the moment. For my other pregnancies, I used those Sea-Bands, and they always seemed to help.”

“Last night. I ate a small something every time I got up to go to the bathroom, and drank two big glasses of water throughout the night. This morning, I slept later than I have in quite a while and feel pretty good. Yay!”
Are there any other resources for morning sickness?

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

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