“Morning sickness” is not necessarily confined
to the morning hours. Try eating smaller
meals of simple foods, avoiding spicy and
highly acidic foods. Lying down immediately
after eating for just a few minutes may also
be helpful. If your nausea is more severe than
this, try eating a dry saltine cracker just before
getting up in the morning. Sometimes a little
bland food in the stomach will help you keep
your breakfast down. Few women suffer
with nausea after the fourth month, but if
unusually severe, call your healthcare provider.
Medication is usually reserved for those who
have significant vomiting or dehydration. While
the exact causes of nausea during pregnancy
are not totally understood, you may or may not
experience this common problem.
Heartburn is another common complaint of pregnant women. It is not your heart that is burning, it is your stomach!
This is common indigestion, but it can still be an aggravation. It is fine to use an antacid preparation, but do not use
baking soda or sodium bicarbonate preparations for your heartburn. Before you buy an over-the-counter remedy, ask
your healthcare provider to recommend the most appropriate choice. In severe cases of heartburn, you may want to
elevate the head of your bed to encourage your stomach fluids to stay put! (You can add 4 inches of books beneath
the head posts to elevate the head of the bed temporarily.)
As mentioned earlier, you need to drink lots of fluids while you are pregnant. Drinking fluids is one way to avoid
constipation, a common complaint of pregnant women. Exercise every day and eat plenty of fruits and raw vegetables.
Try all the natural remedies first, including the addition of bran and bran products to your diet. If these do not work, your
healthcare provider may prescribe a very mild laxative or stool softener. Do not be shy about discussing constipation
because it is a common problem during pregnancy.
Shortness of Breath
Shortness of breath may be a problem for you during the last month or 2 when the baby is large enough to interfere
with your breathing muscles. Slow down your movements and practice deep breaths from the chest. If you have
trouble sleeping due to shortness of breath, prop yourself up with pillows.
Morning Sickness Remedies:
• Eat bread or crackers before you
get out of bed each morning.
• Get out of bed slowly — do not
• Try yogurt, milk or juice before
• Avoid greasy, fried foods or
• Eat several small meals
during the day rather
than a few large meals.
• When nauseous, get
fresh air, take deep
breaths and sip water.
Some women suffer with
“morning sickness” and
some women are rarely,
if ever, nauseated.
HINT: Take your prenatal vitamin or iron
during the day when nausea is not a problem.