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The Motherisk Nausea and Vomiting of Pregnancy (NVP) Forum

Motherisk receives questions from around the world about morning sickness symptoms, effects, treatments and ways to cope. Those questions and answers are posted here for anyone to read, provided the reader acknowledges and accepts the proviso and disclaimer below.

How you eat is more important than what you eat

NVP Counselor
Date: 2004-08-01

Question:
I'm about 7 weeks pregnant and have been experiencing morning, afternoon and evening sickness sporadically. Do you have a list of recommend foods to eat during pregnancy that do not trigger morning sickness or that lessen its possibility?

Answer:
When it comes to food and NVP, how you eat and drink matters more than than what you eat. We suggest that women with NVP forego meals or avoid eating substantial portions of food at one time, and eat very small amounts (e.g, one or two bites) every hour to hour and a half, throughout the day and night. That way, you avoid having an empty stomach.

Eating a wide variety of foods will help keep something in your stomach. Ginger can be added to snacks or beverages. The safety of normal consumption has been confirmed by our ginger study. If symptoms do not improve, safe treatment is available as described in other questions and answers in this NVP Forum. You are also welcome to call the Motherisk NVP Helpline at 1-800-436-8477.

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