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Pregnancy Discomforts

Some of the common complaints during pregnancy include morning sickness, heartburn, and constipation. There are some things you can try to lessen these discomforts.

Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting sometimes occur during the first few months of pregnancy. Here are some hints that may help you feel better ...

  • Eat crackers or dry cereal before getting out of bed in the morning.
  • Eat what you can. Try small, frequent "mini-meals."
  • Drink liquids between meals, not with meals. Sip slowly.
  • Avoid foods with strong smells. Open the windows when you cook or let someone else do the cooking if the smell of cooking food bothers you.
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods if you don't feel well after eating them.
  • Starchy foods, such as cereals or crackers, and low-fat protein foods, such as lean meats, poultry and beans, usually settle best.


Constipation is common during pregnancy.

  • Eat plenty of foods high in fiber, such as whole grain breads and cereals, fruits and vegetables and beans.
  • Along with fiber, be sure to drink plenty of fluids, including water, milk, juice, and clear soups. Hot liquids are sometimes more helpful than cold. Try to drink at least 8 glasses of fluid each day.
  • Become more active. Physical activity helps relieve constipation.
  • Bran (such as bran cereals or homemade bran muffins) and prunes or prune juice also can help.


Heartburn is most common during the last few months of pregnancy when your baby is growing larger and pushing on your digestive organs.

  • Eat slowly. Relax and enjoy your food.
  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals and snacks.
  • Go easy on spicy or greasy foods, or any foods that seem to disagree with you.
  • Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Try not to lie down right after eating.
  • Avoid caffeinated beverages (coffee, tea, soda).

Pickles and Ice Cream?

Some women experience cravings for certain foods while they are pregnant. Others are turned off at the sight or smell of some foods.

  • Satisfy your craving. Eat foods that you enjoy in moderation, making sure that you are eating a healthy, well-balanced diet.
  • Avoid foods that you just can't seem to handle. Try to find other foods that are a good substitute. For example, if you can't seem to tolerate meat, make sure you still get enough protein in your diet by choosing lean poultry, fish, beans, peanut butter and dairy foods.
  • If you crave non-food items, let your doctor know.

Caffeine and Artificial Sweeteners

Although caffeine, in coffee, tea, sodas and chocolate, seems to be safe during pregnancy, it is best to limit them if you drink caffeinated beverages. Have no more than 2-3 cups per day. Try water, or fruit juice mixed with seltzer as a refreshing subsititute.

Although artificial sweeteners, such as aspartame seem to be safe during pregnancy, it is best to avoid them.

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