I was fortunate enough with my pregnancy to not have morning sickness too bad. I mean during the entire first trimester I felt sick, but thankfully I never threw up. Many of my friends were not as lucky. One of my friends lost a ton of weight right at the beginning of her pregnancy because she couldn’t keep any food down, and she says looking back now, she wished she'd had more research on what to eat when pregnant with nausea. Because some foods are definitely better than others when it comes to eating while feeling sick.
In addition to what to eat when pregnant with nausea, I asked Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman, OB-GYN and one-half of the Twin Doctors for TwinDoctorsTV, why some women have pregnancy-related nausea more than others. And he says it has to do with hCG and estrogen. “Specifically, hCG increases steadily until about 10 weeks gestation and this is when nausea is at its worse,” he tells Romper. “After 10 weeks, as hCG levels fall, nausea tends to also improve. One woman may experience extreme nausea at a hormone level that in another causes little to no nausea. Every woman’s brain responds differently to hormones.”
Additionally, the baby’s gender actually can determine how sick you’ll be during pregnancy. I thought it was an old wives' tale, but all of my friends who had bad morning sickness had girls — and this is not a coincidence. “Believe it or not, there is actually some science to support the fact that the gender of the fetus can affect mom’s level of morning sickness,” says Abdur-Rahman. “Remember we just discussed the correlation between hCG levels and morning sickness? Well, studies have found that pregnancies with a female fetus have higher hCG levels, so it would stand to reason that carrying a female fetus is in fact associated with a higher frequency and degree of morning sickness, a fact borne out by multiple studies.”
Abdur-Rahman says in addition to this list of things to eat when pregnant with nausea, it’s important to start your day slowly. “Morning sickness is made worse by sudden movements, especially in the morning. I always tell patients to set their clock for 15 minutes before they actually need to be up and to start their day slowly, preferably with saltines and ginger ale at the bedside.”