Morning sickness is a common part of pregnancy, especially in the first trimester. While it may seem impossible to think of planning meals when you’re trying to just keep what you do eat down, it’ll pay off immediately to have these foods on hand. Below is a short list of meal and snack ideas that can help you feel better while providing power-packed nutrients to your growing baby. Keep that expanding tummy happy and give these a try!

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1. Fortified Cereal: For a lot of women, complex carbohydrates are just the ticket to help settle pregnancy nausea. Easy to find in the store, and even easier to prepare, a little vitamin-fortified cereal can go a long way in making you feel better, faster. Start with dry cereal and see how that feels before adding regular or non-dairy milk.

2. Greek Yogurt: Vitamin packed and full of probiotic power to boost your immune system and keep your tummy happy, Greek yogurt delivers a ton of good nutrients, including B vitamins and potassium, to you and your baby. This is another easy-to-prepare snack to reach for when you need to eat as soon as possible, but can’t spend too much time thinking about what to get.

3. Whole Grain Bread: Remember when you were little and had an upset stomach and your mom only gave you dry toast? The same principle applies here. If your stomach is really out of whack, try eating dry toast. The vitamins found in the whole grain varieties will give you and your baby a much needed nutrient boost, while the gentleness of toasted bread should help your digestive system settle back into a normal routine.

Banana smoothie with ground almonds and oat flakes

4. Almonds: Oftentimes pregnant mamas feel less nauseated if they eat frequent small meals and snacks. Almonds are a great snack to reach for if you’re trying to keep your hunger levels in check. Chock full of protein, fiber, vitamin E and healthy fats, this powerful snack will promote healthy brain development for your unborn baby while regulating blood sugar and blood pressure levels for you. Keep a resealable baggie of almonds with you throughout the day for a quick vitamin-dense pick-me-up that can also keep nausea away.

5. Ginger: This is the most popular morning sickness power food out there. You can drink ginger tea, take ginger supplements or shred fresh ginger into a stir fry with other vitamin-rich veggies, grains and proteins. This superfood provides immediate relief if your nausea is really getting to you.

6. Bananas: This totally portable snack helps fight off nausea and reduces swelling (like around your ankles). If you are feeling up for it, pack in the power foods with a bowl of Greek yogurt, sliced bananas and almonds for breakfast or a mid-day snack.

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