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Dealing With Morning Sickness? Read This!

Moms share the foods (and one soothing scent) that helped ease their nausea during those first weeks of pregnancy, and beyond.
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Tame the beast, bright and early. “I had to eat something as soon as I woke up or I’d be in a world of nausea. Saltine crackers, tomatoes on toast, or dry cereal always did the trick.”
—Katie Lumpkin, mom of one, Los Angeles, California

Never stop nibbling. “I found that frequent, small snacks high in protein helped quell my queasiness, like crackers and cheese or dried fruits and nuts. To this day, that is still how I eat!”
—Barbara Salage, mom of four, Arvada, Colorado

Try an old standby (or its tastier cousin). “Raw ginger root tastes like the sole of a grimy boot, but sweet ginger chews gave me about thirty blissful, non-vomity minutes.”
—Ashley Bryan, mom of three, Las Vegas, Nevada

Have at least an apple a day. “I’m not sure why, but apples were the only thing helped settle my stomach—and they had to be cold. Room temperature ones didn’t have the same effect. I kept a stash in the fridge, and ate a couple a day.”
—Sherri Hutchins, mom of one, Phoenix, Arizona

Do some aromatherapy. “Foods didn’t help with morning sickness, but putting spearmint oil on a cotton ball and breathing it in for several seconds could calm my stomach for several hours.”
—Lisa McCarron, mom of two, Lansing, Michigan

Cave to those cravings! “At times, indulging in a food craving really helped. Not all the time, but once in awhile. Mine was fried chicken. Crazy!”
—Jennifer Papera, mom of three, Seattle, Washington

Turn down the heat. I’ve always loved spicy foods—the hotter, the better! But during pregnancy, these foods, well, let’s just say they didn’t do nice things for me. I put away the cayenne pepper, swore off jalapeños, and ate milder foods. Ginger became my new best friend; it gave food flavor without giving me heartburn. Win-win.”
—Amy Lee, Portland, Maine

Keep your eye on the prize. “I just kept eating as much as I could, whenever I could, and telling myself that the nausea would end at week 12. It did!”
—Kristen Moore-Huey, mom of one, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by I always had trouble getting my child to take a nap. I finally gave up trying, and she would get tired on her own, then was the time to put her down for a nap. July 24, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I actually try to avoid t.v. before nap time because my daughter has a hard time falling asleep after watching it. We read books and play with her puzzles before naps. I absolutely hate when it comes to wake her up though. I found that if I turn on the lights and let her wake herself up then she is a lot more pleasant than if I try waking her up or letting her sleep too long. April 24, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I find that my nausea had a ton to do with smells the worst ones were colognes, peanutbutter, and fritos honey bbq twists ( this was the worst one since i love these). I also found myself loving other smells that helped sooth/calm me the two i really remember was fruit flavored marshmallows and never used from the store off the shelf plastic containers. Crazy but smelling these calmed my nausea. February 2, 2014
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I will have to try the cold apple idea!! I have struggled with terrible morning sickness, and before I get pregnant again I want to be prepared!! Some good ideas here. Thank you. April 26, 2013
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