For many pregnant people, the onset of pregnancy presents itself in the form of nauseous episodes. These episodes are known to occur in the morning time and may be accompanied by vomiting. This phenomenon is often referred to as "morning sickness." Most people only have to endure these episodes during their first trimesters, but in rare cases, it can persist beyond that point. It is also worth noting that sick feelings do not always occur in the morning. There are a few things that pregnant individuals can do to make it through morning sickness. The following suggestions have helped some.

Get Pregnancy Care Services

A pregnancy care provider is essential to protect the health of pregnant people and their babies. Morning sickness is a condition that these professionals are familiar with. Some may skip meals in an effort to avoid getting sick. This deprives them of nutrition and can be harmful to developing babies. Instead, the issue needs to be discussed with the pregnancy care provider. There are anti-nausea medications that can be safely taken under the supervision of licensed pregnancy care professionals.

Limit Foods with Strong Odors

Some individuals only experience nauseous feelings when they smell strong odors. The reaction can be intense and pregnant people may discover that the odors of foods they loved pre-pregnancy make them sick. Some cooked foods such as steamed cabbage emit strong odors, but they are also nutritious. Limiting foods with strong odors will allow people to eat foods that are nutrient-rich and reduce the chances of vomiting. 

Eat Small Portions and Snack

It can be hard to keep down a lot of food when feeling ill. Pregnancy care professionals can help pregnant individuals develop meal schedules that improve the likelihood of reducing nauseous episodes. They can also recommend portions that are likely to be less straining on the gastrointestinal system. Some might find more relief if they choose to consume cool breakfast options rather than having a hot breakfast. Fruit and smoothies are examples of what can be consumed in place of a hot, greasy breakfast. 

Take Prenatal Vitamins with Food

Prenatal vitamins are recommended by most pregnancy care professionals. Taking the vitamins will aid in improving vitamin and mineral deficiencies that occur due to malnutrition or excessive vomiting. Vitamins taken on an empty stomach can evoke nausea. It is also a good idea to consider taking prenatal vitamins with a meal other than breakfast or with a snack if most sick episodes happen in the morning.

Keep a Food Journal

A food journal is a good way to track which foods trigger illness. The journal might also be helpful in detecting the time(s) of the day when symptoms are worse. This information can be relayed to pregnancy care providers.