Pregnancy Foods For Moms Who Suffer From Nausea
Nausea and sickness during pregnancy are not just a morning phenomenon. It can happen anytime through the day. The important thing to remember is that even though the mere thought of food might make you sick at this stage, you still have to nourish the baby in your womb! Precisely why, this is the time when you must resort to smart eating.
Adding certain foods to your pregnancy diet can help curb nausea and ensure that your unborn baby gets all the nutrients, essential for healthy growth and development.
Before getting up
Stack some dry snack along your bedside for a quick munch, each time you feel like one. Make sure you stock up on light snack like dry toast, crackers and dry cereal.
Before going to bed
Before you call it a night and retire to bed have a cup of milk or a bowl full of fruits. Dried apricots, figs and limited quantities of other dried fruits also make healthy midnight snack.
But if you do get up in the middle of the night, you can also munch on a small portion of the dry snack by your bedside. This can keep you from feeling sick in the morning.
Foods that help ease nause
- Ginger tea
- Ginger candy
- Lemon tea
Eat small amounts of food at regular intervals
- A small portion of apple, banana, orange or any other seasonal fruit
- A small bowl of vegetable soup
- 2-3 pieces of figs or apricots
- ½ a bowl of poha, upma, oats, ragi, porridge, idlis
- 1 small dosa or paratha
Eat Foods rich in Vitamins B6 and B12
Taking care of your nutrition intake during pregnancy is of utmost importance so make sure you pick on the right nutrients. Foods rich in B6 and B12 are vital to both, your personal health and your baby’s growth so make sure you balance these nutrients in your diet.
You can opt for chicken, beef, pork, salmon, tuna, bell peppers, spinach, green peas, yams, broccoli, asparagus, turnip greens et al. Also munch on nuts and seeds like peanuts, sunflower seeds, cashews, hazelnuts, and lentils. While the foods rich in B12 include sardines, salmon, venison, lamb, beef, shrimp, scallops, yogurt and milk.
Avoid difficult to digest, processed, oily foods
Avoid eating heavy to digest foods like whole grains, legumes, whole nuts, Raw vegetables like broccoli, carrots, fried foods like fries, papads et al.
Eat easy to digest foods like
- Fruits like oranges, grapes, watermelon, muskmelon
- Watery vegetables like cucumbers, celery
- Vegetable Soups
- Well cooked vegetables
- Lightly sautéed / baked fish or meat
- Well cooked eggs
- Things to remember
At the risk of sounding preachy, here are a few more things that you must be careful off, regarding your pregnancy diet!
- Avoid eating or seeing or thinking about foods that make you feel sick! Avoid cooking if it triggers your nausea.
- Take good care of yourself. Get a lot of rest, drink plenty of fluids and do take your prenatal supplements and exercises seriously. Lastly do reach out for help when in doubt.
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