5 Simple Diet Changes to Control Nausea at Work

    No one likes morning sickness or pregnancy sickness, but sometimes it's just part of pregnancy. Making simple changes to the diet is often enough to curb nausea while ensuring you keep enough food down to keep energy levels high and prevent dehydration. The actual nausea and vomiting does not typically harm baby, but dehydration and lack of nutrients can have negative effects on the health of the fetus and expectant mother.

    Drink small amounts of water at a time. Drinking small amounts of water helps keep you hydrated at work without sparking nausea. Skip fluids while eating to ensure you are getting all the nutrition you need during meals. If you've been vomiting often, rehydrate with electrolyte drinks like sugar-free Powerade or Gatorade.

    Eat small snacks frequently, skip large meals. Small, frequent snacks are less likely to cause nausea. No nausea means no vomiting. There is nothing wrong with eating a small snack every hour, as long as you keep the snacks down and continue drinking small amounts of water.

    Eat according to cravings, but skip fatty foods. If your body is craving a specific food you may be more apt to keep that food down. If you're craving fatty or spicy foods, these can increase nausea symptoms, so skip those if possible.

    Keep salty snacks at work. Salty snacks may lessen nausea and prevent vomiting at work. Baked chips, crackers and pretzels are ideal. These keep easily in a desk drawer or sandwich bag. If you suffer from high blood pressure, talk with your obstetrician before adding salty snacks to your lunch box for work.

    Choose cold meals instead of hot meals. Some women feel nausea when they smell food cooking. To prevent this effect, skip the lunch room and choose cold meals that do not require reheating. If you must eat warm meals, try to avoid peak lunch times when the lunch room or dining area is filled with a plethora of intermingled scents. If dining out at a restaurant, ask to sit outdoors to avoid smells when possible.

    Nausea and vomiting is not the best part of pregnancy, especially when these symptoms arise at work. Some women suffer morning sickness for a few weeks during the first trimester and other women suffer nausea for the entire pregnancy. After a while, you'll learn the foods, scents and activities that trigger nausea. Use that knowledge to avoid these situations.