1. Keep Eating
You might find it hard to stomach this fact, but food is your friend. Don’t let your tummy go empty, as it can set off nausea. Instead of three square meals, Dr Tan Wee Khin, obstetrician and gynaecologist at WC Cheng and Associates at Thomson Medical Centre, recommends eating five to seven small meals throughout the day.
Avoid going hungry, especially in the morning, says Dr Ben Choey, specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology at SBCC Women’s Clinic (Clementi). Keep some biscuits by your bed so you can nibble on them before you get up. Or get a family member to make you a cereal drink to stabilise your blood sugar. When you’re out and about, keep a stash of snacks with you at all times to stave off hunger pangs.
When you find a food that works for you, don’t be surprised if you want it all the time. Stay-home mum Sangeetha Gardiner, 33, craved the Vietnamese noodle soup, pho, early in her pregnancy, but by the 16th week, it was nasi lemak with sambal ikan bilis, she says.
Julie Tan, 44, founder of a human resources services company, recalls taking food notes when she was pregnant. Her son is now 11 and her daughter is four. She would pen down which foods made her feel worse, so she could avoid them.