Nausea and Morning Sickness in Pregnancy

“What do you do if you’re nauseous when you’re pregnant? It is incredibly common and the first trimester is the worst. (Nausea) can happen other times in your pregnancy. There is a lot of stuff that you can do to make yourself less likely to have nausea problems in pregnancy. Start with water. Dehydration is one of the number one causes of nausea in pregnancy. And you need to drink enough water for your urine to be clear. If you’re not drinking enough water, your urine will have the color of orange-yellow. And so that’s the way you check at home. For you, that could be a glass of water every hour you’re awake. For other people, it may be less, but drink until your urine is clear. One little trick is when you get up at night to go to the bathroom, keep a cup by the sink, and drink. That is the longest time you go without drinking. You can be really dehydrated when you wake up in the morning and more nauseous.”

Avoid Sugar

“The second thing is to drink no sugar. When you get sugar into your stomach, when you’re pregnant, it makes your blood sugar shoot really high. Your insulin overreacts, and you bottom out an hour and a half later. So, drinking things that have sugar in them or eating things that have sugar in them can really make you more nauseous. The bad news is that that also means carbohydrates. Most of the prepared foods that we eat have their carbohydrates or sugars denatured from any fiber. As soon as they hit your stomach, your blood sugar shoots up and then bottoms out. So the bottom line is, when your blood sugar is bouncing around all day, you’re going to be nauseous. When it goes slow, or have a wave of fatigue or maybe want to eat something else what you need to do is not eat those foods.”

“You want to eat lean proteins, fruits, and vegetables, and eggs. Those are the things that are going to keep you from feeling awful. So, you should drink no sugar. That is no soda, no sweet tea, no Gatorade, and no fruit juice. Fruit juice seems healthy, doesn’t it? But it’s not because all the sugars and the fructose in that juice have been denatured from the fiber. You need to drink water. You can add a little MEO squirt to it, if you want, to for a little flavor to get it down. But fruit juices are your enemy.”

Are Smoothies a Good Choice?

“Smoothies are not a bad way to go. Look, when you’re trying to get protein in, if you can’t do meat and you can’t do eggs and you can’t do dairy, get some whey powder. Whey powder is in the muscle-building part of the grocery store and it is basically milk powder and milk protein that has been put into a powder form so that you can use it easily. You can throw that into a smoothie when you’re making smoothies and you’re putting whole foods in like whole fruits, berries, and other vegetables and things. Then you add whey protein to that. That is healthy and that is okay. That is not the same as squeezing all of the juice out of fruit. You can actually get great protein and get something down that way.”

Snacking is Key

“The other thing is you’re not going to make it four or five hours between meals. You are going to need to have a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon. What are good ideas for snacks? Things like Greek yogurt or drinkable Greek yogurt, or maybe an Apple and cheese, V8, and tomato juice is the one juice that you drink while you’re pregnant. So that’s what you need to do to avoid nausea; lots of water, make sure that you’re eating proteins, you’re not eating carbs, and you’re not drinking sugars. That is going to go a long way to making you feel better.”

How to Avoid Constipation

“The last little trick is for constipation. If you are constipated, when your lower intestinal tract is emptying, your upper intestinal tract doesn’t like to let the food move through either. If you have trouble with constipation, that may mean that you’re just not going regularly. It doesn’t mean that you’re all completely backed up. But if you’re having gas and feeling bloated and nauseous, especially at the end of the day, you probably have constipation in pregnancy. So, go ahead and start on some Miralax and again, water, water, water. And if you do those things; really control what you eat, cut out the sugars and carbs, and take care of constipation, you are going to be a new woman.”