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Home remedies to help Chrissy Teigen (and you) fight morning sickness

PHOTO: Chrissy Teigen and her husband John Legend announced last week they are expecting their first child.  |  Kevin Winter~Getty Images

I like Chrissy Teigen. The “Lip Sync Battle” co-host and model is one of those rare celebrities who speaks candidly rather than sticking to some script a publicist has handed her.

So I was happy last week to hear she and her husband, singer/songwriter John Legend, are expecting their first child. True to her open nature, she has talked about how the two have wanted to have a child, but have struggled with getting pregnant. 

But, I was not happy to hear that it sounds like she might be suffering from morning sickness. Poor Chrissy! 

Calling it morning sickness actually is a little misleading. (Actually, that’s me talking, not Teigen as you can see from the tweet above.) While many moms-to-be will have it at the beginning of the day, others have it at different times during the day.

While experts say the majority of pregnant women experience nausea, only about half of them end up vomiting. Usually by the end of the first trimester morning sickness ends. (Hey, it takes a while for your body to settle into this amazing experience.)

There are a number of home remedies that can help relieve the symptoms. Leave a sleeve of plain crackers next to your bed. Then eat a couple about 15 minutes before getting out of bed.

Drinking liquids with meals often makes things worse, so have your beverages before meals. But, it’s also important to stay hydrated, so keep your water intake up, just not at meals. Sip slowly.  

Herbal teas also are good at settling your stomach. I know folks who swear by ginger tea. For me, any sort of citrus tea seemed to help.

Very often smells trigger the nausea. (I felt like I had become part bloodhound in those first months. I could smell everything near and far. Especially if it was unpleasant.) If possible, just open a window and get some fresh air.

But if that’s not doable, try this home remedy: keep a little vial with lemon extract or a sprig of rosemary with you. (Some people carry around ginger.) Then when smells are bothering you, pull out your container and take a deep breath. Also, note what it is that seems to set off the nausea.  Even foods you formally enjoyed can make you feel nauseous when you are pregnant. (During my first trimester I couldn’t eat chocolate and didn’t like the smell! Boy, did that surprise me.)

Maybe it’s the burger your co-worker brings back at lunchtime. Try to arrange a walk outdoors to avoid that smell and a bout of nausea.

Some moms-to-be discover that fatty, fried foods — again, even the ones they once loved — now bug them. If so, skip those for now.

Do your best to eat small meals throughout the day. Get as much sleep as you can. And keep the stress to a minimum. Talk to your doctor about the right exercise for you. Keeping yourself as healthy as possible can help combat the nausea.

If it becomes very serious and you’re not able to hold down food or liquids, make sure you get in touch with your doctor. There is a rare and severe condition, Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), that one’s doctor should know about; you might remember Kate Middleton reportedly suffered from that in both her pregnancies.