HAVE BREAKFAST IN BED
Eating a few bites of food before you get up will settle your stomach. There’s nothing better than a banana: it’s easy to digest and delivers essential nutrients, including vitamin B6, which is thought to help counter nausea. Give yourself 10 minutes to digest it, then sit up slowly and ease yourself into a standing position to avoid stomach acid
FOLLOW YOUR CRAVINGS
If you fancy eating something, and it’s safe in pregnancy, try it, even if it’s not what you’d normally choose. While fatty and greasy foods are generally best avoided, be guided by what your body is telling you. Bread, biscuits, crackers and dry toast are gentler on the stomach. And small, frequent doses of carbs, such as popcorn or pretzels, will help stabilise your blood sugar.
HYDRATE THE CLEVER WAY
Nausea makes it hard to drink enough, but getting dehydrated makes symptoms worse. Sucking an ice cube or crunching crushed ice delivers a slow dripdrip of liquid. And try taking tiny sips of liquid through a straw to avoid triggering nausea. Water is your best bet, but try different tastes to tempt you too: flat cola and herbal teas are mum-to-be faves.
Easing sickness with ginger is a centuries-old remedy, and recent research is adding scientific weight to its effectiveness: it calms the stomach and may also act on the brain to control nausea. Keep a packet of ginger candy. it’s an effective way to deal with the uneasiness.
USE YOUR PRESSURE POINTS
Use the ancient Chinese principle of acupressure to block out nausea by pressing lightly on a specific point on the wrist. Put a band on each wrist, ideally before your nausea kicks in, to benefit from all-day acupressure or even just a powerful placebo effect.