When a woman is pregnant, nourishing herself and her baby should be a top priority. A well-balanced diet, rich in vitamins and minerals, is essential for the health of the mother and the growing child, but it’s not always easy for High Desert women to stick to the nutritional guidelines.

During the first trimester, many Apple Valley women will suffer from morning sickness, which can make it difficult to eat. Later in the pregnancy, it’s not uncommon for women to experience cravings — not all of which are healthy. At Reza Ahmadinia OBGYN, we have provided our patients with tips to help them manage their cravings and morning sickness.

How Can I Manage My Morning Sickness?

In many ways, morning sickness is somewhat of a misnomer.

Women who are pregnant might find that they feel nauseous or sick in the morning, but this sensation can last throughout the entire day. At the same time, some other women only experience this first trimester sickness in the evenings. Morning sickness can result in a lack of appetite, but there are actually certain foods that women can eat in order to ease the pain of morning sickness.

Foods that are packed with carbohydrates can help with nausea significantly.

Crackers, popcorn, and peanut butter toast are all good choices when a woman feels nauseous. Protein is also a pivotal part of feeling well when pregnant, so women should try to include some type of protein at each meal. Instead of eating the traditional three large meals a day, pregnant women will find they enjoy several lighter meals throughout the day; this will help them feel better. Women should eat the foods that sound good to them, and if they cannot stomach anything solid they should drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

How Should I Approach Cravings?

Pregnancy is known as a time of cravings. Some women crave food they have not enjoyed in the past, while others want their favorite junk food for the entire nine months. While cravings are a normal part of the process, women should be careful not to give into them wholeheartedly.

Instead of eating three bowls of ice cream with four pickles, women should opt for a small bowl of ice cream with one pickle. Moderation is important when it comes to cravings. When a woman is craving something, she can eat a small amount and still satisfy the craving without going overboard. This will help her to manage her weight without forcing her to sacrifice what she wants most at that moment.

Women should expect to gain weight throughout their pregnancy, with the average woman gaining anywhere from 25-35 pounds. However, women should still recognize that pregnancy is not a time to throw caution to the wind and eat whatever they want. Eating right and enjoying a well-balanced diet will ensure that they feel their best throughout their pregnancy and that their baby is as healthy as possible. Women can discuss their own dietary needs, restrictions, and desires with their OBGYN during regular visits.