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How to Quell Morning Sickness

If you're always feeling ill, perhaps this will be comforting: Morning sickness may actually be beneficial.

Nausea and vomiting may help protect both mother and fetus from food containing harmful chemicals and organisms, according to a study from Cornell University. In fact, researchers found that nearly 65,000 women who suffered from morning sickness had fewer miscarriages as well as a greater chance of giving birth to healthy babies.

If that alone doesn't make you feel better, some proven ways to help:

Stay out of the kitchen. The hormone surges of early pregnancy often cause women to have extra-sensitive noses. Let someone else cook, or order takeout.

Eat often. An empty stomach will only make you feel worse. And if you crave it, eat it, say experts, even if that means a grilled cheese sandwich for every meal. (Don't worry about getting a balanced diet, but do take prenatal vitamins, which will compensate for any nutrients you lose during this stage.)

Go alternative. The American Medical Association has approved acupuncture (often covered by insurance) as a means of treating pregnancy nausea. Another option: Bio-Bands, acupressure bracelets often used to ease motion sickness (available at most drugstores). Both methods can provide short-term relief.

Drink up. It's important to consume ten cups of fluids a day. If that's difficult, try alternating water or juice with watermelon cubes (they yield about half a cup of liquid per cup consumed), ice pops, or ice chips.

If you can't keep down any liquid, even water, and you begin to lose weight, call your doctor right away. This may be a sign of hyperemesis gravidarum, severe nausea and vomiting that affect about two percent of pregnant women and can lead to dehydration and malnutrition.