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When you find out you’re pregnant, you’re elated that soon you’ll be bringing a bundle of joy into the world. But surviving the early weeks of your pregnancy and the morning sickness that often accompanies it can be difficult.

Morning sickness is usually characterized by uneasiness, nausea and vomiting during the first trimester of pregnancy, which is about 12 weeks.

“Morning sickness is a result of the change in hormones after you become pregnant and it’s actually a sign of a healthy pregnancy,” said Jason Cruff, D.O., an obstetrician/gynecologist at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre. However, that doesn’t change the fact that it’s less than pleasant to deal with.  

Here are five ways to battle morning sickness.

1. Ginger

Ginger, in just about any form, can help ward off nausea. The root contains chemicals that relax the intestinal track and sooth an upset stomach. Try making ginger tea with boiling water and a bit of lemon, drinking ginger ale or eating ginger candies when you feel morning sickness coming on.

2. Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 has shown to curb the effects of morning sickness. It’s found naturally in poultry, fish, meat, potatoes and other starchy vegetables, and fruits other than citrus. But to stave off morning sickness, you can take it in a supplement of 10mg to 25 mg three times a day.

“Taking B6 during pregnancy won’t harm the fetus, but you should always talk to your doctor about adding supplements to your diet,” said Dr. Cruff.

3. Acupressure

Acupressure targets different points on the body to increase blood circulation and release tension. Applying pressure to the inside of the wrist during morning sickness — or wearing acupressure wristbands that are typically marketed to relieve motion sickness — can relieve nausea.

4. Avoiding Foods and Smells that Trigger It

This may be easier said than done — especially if you work in an office — but staying away from foods that trigger nausea can help you keep morning sickness at bay. Foods that commonly can make nausea worse are coffee, orange juice and other citrus juices, milk and tea.  

5. Eat Early and Often

You may begin to feel nauseas because your stomach is empty. Rather than eating three large meals each day, try eating smaller meals and snacks in intervals.

“A small snack every one or two hours can help keep you from feeling hungry and then nauseous,” said Dr. Cruff. “Try crackers, which are typically bland and metabolize quickly, with peanut butter, which is high in protein and will keep you feeling full longer.”

It’s also important to drink plenty of fluids throughout the day. If you find it difficult to drink a lot of fluids during your meal, try drinking more between meals and snacks to avoid feeling too full.

If you’ve tried remedies and they don’t seem to work, talk to your doctor about it. You should also let your physician know if you lose more than two pounds in one week, or if you are vomiting severely. This can cause dehydration and malnutrition.