Breakfast, as you’ve probably been told for most of your life, is the most important meal of the day. For people who often wake up nauseous – whether it’s from morning sickness due to pregnancy, medication, or a medical condition – find it hard to eat anything before lunch time. Yet, if you want to stay healthy, eating a balanced breakfast is key.
So, what do you do? You find some foods that you can tolerate when you’re first getting up in the morning. This can be a challenge, but it’s necessary when you have recurring nausea in the morning.
Here are a few ideas that might work for you:
- Fruit with rice cakes. Fresh fruit tends to sit fairly well, just stay away from anything too citrusy. You should avoid oranges or grapefruit, for example. Apples, grapes, peaches, pears, and melon are all viable options. You can add in some Nutella or almond butter. Stay away from peanut butter, as it has a high fat content and may aggravate your morning sickness. Feel free to add a hardboiled egg; just make sure the yolk and the white are both very solid. This breakfast is a well-balanced combination of carbs and protein to get you started for the day.
- Porridge. Take your oatmeal and given it some extra flavor by turning it into a porridge. Add in some chopped nuts, some fruit, or some seeds. You can even get a bowl of oatmeal at many fast food restaurants now. This type of breakfast is full of protein and fiber, both of which are essential to starting your day.
- Sweet breads. Stay away from any that are too dense. Brioche is always a good choice. You can spread some low-fat Greek yogurt on the bread, or add some sliced figs. This breakfast is full of calcium and potassium, and particularly useful if you’re experiencing nausea because of morning sickness.
- Dried fruit. Dried fruits can be added to a bland cereal to give it some taste. Apricots, figs, and prunes are all good choices for breakfast.
Ultimately, it’s a matter of trial and error to find some breakfast ideas that work for you and don’t aggravate your nausea.