Simply eating the right food can go a long way towards minimising some of the less welcome side-effects of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, constipation and heartburn.
Some women suffer from nausea and vomiting early in pregnancy, in particular during the first trimester. It may help to eat small frequent meals: Try dried foods such as bread or crackers before getting out of bed, sip flat lemonade or ginger ale, avoid high-fat or spicy foods, try to rest more often. Cold, plain or bland foods are often well tolerated.
Constipation can be a common problem in pregnancy. Dietary fibre, plus plenty of fluid, can help prevent this. Include high-fibre foods in your diet, such as dried beans, peas and lentils, vegetables, wholegrain breads and cereals, fruits, nuts and seeds. Aim for at least 30 grams of dietary fibre a day. You will be able to monitor this by reading food labels. When choosing a breakfast cereal, select one with at least six grams of fibre per hundred grams.
Indigestion can be a problem, usually arising later in pregnancy as your baby grows and presses on the stomach. It may help to eat small frequent meals: Avoid drinking fluids with your meals, avoid high-fat or spicy foods, sit or stand upright after eating.