Morning Sickness | Treatment

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How is morning sickness treated?

Treatment usually isn’t necessary for morning sickness, but there are some things you can do to help feel better.

Tips to relieve morning sickness

  • Eat small meals throughout the day so that you're never too full or too hungry.
  • Avoid rich, spicy, greasy or fatty foods.
  • Avoid foods with smells that bother you or make you nauseous.
  • Eat more carbohydrates (plain baked potato, white rice or dry toast).
  • Eat bland foods when you feel nauseous (such as saltine crackers, gelatin desserts such as Jell-O, popsicles, chicken broths, ginger ale and pretzels).
  • The iron in prenatal vitamins can bother some women. If you think your morning sickness is related to your vitamins, talk with your doctor and he or she may change your vitamins.
  • Before getting out of bed in the morning, eat a few saltine crackers to calm your stomach.
  • Wearing "acupressure" wrist bands, which are sometimes used by passengers on boats to prevent sea sickness, may help some women who have morning sickness. You can buy the bands at drugstores, boating stores or travel agencies.

If these tips don't provide some relief from morning sickness, talk to your doctor. Keep in mind that morning sickness does not mean your baby is sick.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 03/14
Created: 09/00

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