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My nausea is so strong I can't take any food. Will my baby be affected?

Your hormones slow your digestive system during pregnancy so that your body can take the maximum nutrients from whatever food you eat. Your body prioritises your baby, drawing reserves of major nutrients such as calcium and protein from your own body if it needs to.

If you are suffering from pregnancy sickness, try these suggestions to help you change the routine of what you eat or drink and when.

1. Eat little and often
Break you food intake down into more palatable, manageable mini meals can help you consume enough nutrients each day. For example, Try eating six small meals a day rather than attempting three meals and two snacks.

2. Make your food starch-rich

As well as being bland, which is all you might be able to face, potatoes, rice, pasta, and couscous contain good quantities of nutrients (B-vitamins, iron, protein, and fibre among them).

3. Eat raw foods

Your queasy response to food is often to do with the smell of it rather than the taste. Raw (or cold) foods tend to have less of an aroma, which might make them more palatable for you.

4. Nibble on snacks
Such as unroasted skinned almonds, which are nutrient-dense but plain to taste, are ideal.

5. Sip water

Try adding a slice of lemon or two, or try hot water with a few mint leaves (which contain potassium, iron, and folate, among other nutrients). Drinking ginger tea can also help to suppress nausea.

As long as you eat a little, your baby should be fine. If you are worried or vomiting frequently, talk to your healthcare professional would be the best.


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