When you are constantly feeling nauseous, morning sickness food is not the first thing you want to talk about. There may be a few times throughout the day that you feel like taking a little some in and it will be very helpful to know what foods will sit the best.
Many serious health problems like starvation ketosis and dehydration can occur if you aren’t getting the nutrition that you and your baby need.
One thing to understand is that your progesterone levels get higher in the early days of pregnancy in order to soften the uterine muscles which will prevent early labor. It will also soften your digestive muscles which will cause your stomach to empty more slowly. This contributes to stomach acid build up.
If the majority of the foods you consume are more alkaline, you’ll be able to neutralize that acid. I’ve included a list of alkaline foods at the end of this article to help you get started.
Another factor to consider when deciding what food to eat, or try eating, while battling morning sickness is your sense of smell. Many women experience a very heightened sense of smell during pregnancy and smelling certain odors can trigger a bout with morning sickness.
At first, I thought the sickness itself was causing the smell sensitivity until I dug in a bit further. It turns out that estrogen has lots to do your sense of smell. In fact, many women will experience a decrease in their sense of smell as they progress through menopause where their hormone levels begin to decrease.
During those early weeks and months of pregnancy, your estrogen levels are shooting through the roof. This would make your sense of smell so strong, that instead of morning sickness triggering a sensitive nose, your sensitive nose is actually triggering the morning sickness.
So, you can either walk around with a clothespin on your nose (ouch!) or you can try to be careful about the smells you are introduced to, specifically as it relates to food.
The more bland your foods are, the more likely you’ll be to avoid morning sickness. I’ve also included a list of bland or morning sickness food, along with specific meal ides, to help you get some ideas flowing about your choices.
From my own experience, I couldn’t stand beverages that were warm. I had to have it either boiling hot or freezing cold – anything in between would make me gag. Another thing that worked very well for me was to never, ever get hungry. I had four or five small snacks with me at all times so that “morning” sickness never overtook me while grocery shopping or at the library.
Just a little bit of knowledge will go a long way to helping you choose the right morning sickness food! Try lots of things from the lists below and my other morning sickness articles and you’ll be well on your way to feeling better and enjoying this pregnancy!
Highest Alkaline Foods
High Alkaline Foods
Lemons (suck on or sniff)
Baked potato chips
Raspberry leaf tea
Coffee and cola
High fat foods
Plain, dry crackers
Baked potato chips
Sour fruit candies
Lunch & Dinner
Soup or broth
Plain baked potato
Frozen fruit juice bars
Ginger ale (not diet)
Ginger root tea