You may have a hard time mustering the energy or enthusiasm to get organized for your baby if pregnancy symptoms such as nausea are hitting you hard. Often referred to as "morning sickness," pregnancy nausea is a common affliction: morning, noon or night.
"Expectant mothers and their families are bracing for big changes," says Christine Zuchora-Walske, co-author of Getting Organized for Your New Baby (Meadowbrook Press). "Unfortunately, nausea can add to stress and detract from enjoyment during this exhilarating time." Fortunately, she provides some tools for combating pregnancy nausea.

Take note
If you suffer from nausea, Zuchora-Walske suggests taking careful notes throughout the day. Record your activities, your snacks and meals and how you feel. This may help you recognize patterns in your nausea and try to prevent it in the future.

If you can't seem to quell your sickness, carry a "nausea survival kit" with you at all times. This should include unscented moist towelettes, a travel-size toothbrush and toothpaste, gum or breath mints, a plastic bag and possibly a fan.

From her newly revised book, Getting Organized for Your New Baby Zuchora-Walske provides the following 10 remedies for pregnancy nausea:

1. Try high-protein or high-carbohydrate snacks such as peanuts, soda crackers and granola bars. These will soak up excess stomach acid and prevent blood sugar swings that can lead to nausea.

2. Eat small, frequent meals to avoid having an empty or too-full stomach.

3. If you don't have to wake up at a set time, don't. Get as much rest as possible and ease into your day.

4. Carry hard candy with you. Sometimes, sucking on something tart or sweet can ease nausea.

5. Take vitamins with your biggest meal of the day.

6. Keep a damp cloth at your bedside to place over your eyes or on your forehead when you feel ill.

7. Exercise, preferably outdoors. The fresh air will help.

8. When traveling by car, be a driver instead of a passenger.

9. With your caregiver's permission, try a chewable antacid.

10. Undergo acupressure treatments or wear acupressure wristbands.

"Whether or not these remedies seem to help you, think positive and keep your eyes on the prize," says Zuchora-Walske. "Your baby!"

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