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Guide to HIV, Pregnancy and Women's Health: Tips to Help With Morning Sickness or Drug-Associated Nausea

March 2013

  • Eat smaller meals and snack more frequently rather than eating just a few larger meals.
  • Try to eat more bland foods.
  • Avoid foods that are spicy, greasy or strong smelling.
  • Leave some dry crackers by your bed. Eat one or two before you get up in the morning.
  • Ginger can be helpful. It can be used in capsule or as ginger root powder. Fresh root ginger peeled and steeped in hot water can help.
  • If cooking smells bother you, then open the windows while cooking.
  • Keep the room well ventilated.
  • Microwave meals prepare food quickly and with minimum smells. They also help you eat a meal as soon as you feel hungry. Getting someone else to prepare your meals can help.
  • Don't eat in a room that is stuffy or that has lingering cooking smells.
  • Eat meals at a table, rather than lying down. Don't lie down immediately after eating.
  • Try not to drink with your meal or straight after. It is better to wait an hour and then sip drinks. It is important for pregnant women not to become dehydrated though so do remember to drink outside mealtimes.
  • Try eating cold rather than hot food. Or let hot food cool well before you eat it
  • Peppermint can be helpful. It can be taken in tea or in chewing gum.

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