Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Cup O' Joe Anyone?

I found this Time article a bit interesting. For a couple of reasons. One, caffeine can be a serious addiction and should not be taken lightly. And two, as someone who did not have any morning sickness I'm a bit offended that morning sickness is equated with a healthy pregnancy. My midwife would say otherwise. Most past and present pregnant women give me the evil eye whenever I say I haven't had any morning sickness.

Speaking of morning sickness, according to the American Pregnancy Association (didn't know there was one), morning sickness "is not harmful to you or your baby." But if the sickness is excessive definitely tell your health care provider. Here are some of the Do's and Don'ts of morning sickness. Truthfully, if you are experience morning sickness, try them all. But if not... you and your baby are fine until otherwise told by a doctor or midwife.

Helpful Do's and Don'ts:


  • Eat small meals often
  • Drink fluids 1/2 hour before or after a meal, but not with meals
  • Drink small amounts of fluids during the day to avoid dehydration
  • Eat soda crackers 15 minutes before getting up in the morning
  • Avoid foods and smells that increase nausea
  • Ask someone else to cook for you and open the windows or turn on fans if the odor bothers you
  • Get plenty of rest and nap during the day
  • Avoid warm places (feeling hot adds to nausea)
  • Sniff lemons or ginger, drink lemonade, or eat watermelon to relieve nausea
  • Eat salty potato chips (they have been found to settle stomachs enough to eat a meal)
  • Exercise


  • Do not lie down after eating
  • Do not skip meals
  • Do not cook or eat spicy food
Lenox Davis Out.

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