A woman’s body endures many changes during the first trimester of pregnancy. Hormonal changes, combined with stretching abdominal muscles and a heightened sense of smell, cause nausea in up to 90 percent of pregnancies.

Here are some useful guidelines from wikiHow.

1. Eat foods that are known to combat nausea

Many women have a very short list of foods they can tolerate during the first trimester, so donâ??t be too concerned about balance.

â?¢ Combine whole grains or animal or plant protein â?? legumes or tofu â?? that will ease your nausea and for an energy boost that may improve your condition.

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â?¢ Bland crackers will settle your stomach when you can’t keep other foods down.

â?¢ Fresh ginger is safe for pregnant women to consume. Grate ginger root and sprinkle it into tea or carbonated water.

2. Eat small meals and snacks

â?¢ Eat before you feel hungry, or immediately after you feel an urge for food.

â?¢ Do not overeat. Eat slowly and only until you are satisfied.

3. Avoid foods that trigger nausea

â?¢ Avoid fatty foods, spicy foods, foods with a strong odour and/or unappealing texture. Avoid eating foods that make you feel nauseous when you think about.

â?¢ Do not drink alcohol at any time during pregnancy. Besides subjecting the foetus to birth defects, it also exacerbates nausea.

4. Drink water whenever you feel thirsty

â?¢ A person eating a plant-based diet needs less water than someone eating a diet of fast- and processed foods.

â?¢ A good rule is to drink a glass of water half-an-hour before each meal, and before every beverage that you drink.

â?¢ Sufficient water keeps you hydrated and helps prevent vomiting. Carbonated water might be helpful too.

5. Adjust your environment

Avoid perfumed candles and household cleaners that trigger queasiness. Adjust room temperature, lighting and air quality if necessary.

6. Get enough sleep and rest

When your body is weakened due to exhaustion, you are more likely to succumb to nausea.

7. Take your prenatal vitamins with food and plenty of water

The nutrients in your vitamins can overwhelm your digestive system and make nausea worse. If this happens, talk to your doctor about switching to a less potent vitamin until your nausea spells subside.

8. Try alternative treatments

Acupuncture, acupressure, yoga and hypnosis are alternative remedies that may ease nausea and are safe for pregnant women.

Warning

Contact your doctor immediately if you experience constant vomiting, or if you are rapidly losing weight during pregnancy. These are symptoms of hyperemesis gravidarum, a condition that may threaten your health and that of your baby.

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