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How Do I Relieve Afternoon Nausea?

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Afternoon nausea, whether caused by pregnancy or simply an upset stomach, can be debilitating. To relieve an upset stomach, do not avoid eating, even if the idea of doing so makes you feel even more nauseous, and try to eat only bland foods. Light-colored drinks can help to keep you hydrated as well as settle your stomach, and moving slowly when sitting or standing can also make you feel better. If these tricks do not help, or in addition to these ideas, you can also take anti-nausea medication, although it is important to avoid products containing aspirin.

Oftentimes when you’re experiencing afternoon nausea, the idea of eating anything can seem ridiculous. Despite this, eating a small amount of food may make a significant difference in how you feel. For many people, an empty stomach can make nausea even worse, and eating even a few crackers or a plain piece of toast can provide just enough weight for the stomach to make feelings of nausea subside.

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Relieving afternoon nausea is just as much about what you eat as what you don’t; fried foods, fatty meats, and spicy foods should all be avoided, as they can upset your stomach even further. When you’re nauseous, the last thing that your stomach needs is overly spicy or heavy foods. Instead, eat small amounts of crackers, light soups, and even nuts to keep up your energy without upsetting your stomach. Apples can also be helpful, as can other foods rich in fiber, because this nutrient helps your body to better process food.

In addition to bland foods, you should also try to consume plenty of mild drinks. Water is usually best, and can help to keep you hydrated if your afternoon nausea turns into actual vomiting. If you prefer something with flavor, a clear soda or slightly-carbonated water can also be helpful. Generally, you should avoid caffeine, dark sodas, or any other liquid with a lot of flavor, as they can make your stomach feel worse.

After you’ve eaten a small amount of food and as you’re drinking plenty of water, try to move slowly about your day, especially when changing from a standing to sitting position, or vice versa. Doing so will not only help you to relax, which is important when managing afternoon nausea, but it can also help to prevent upsetting your already delicate stomach. In addition to this, it is also important that you move from a laying down to standing position in stages: always sit up slowly and wait a few minutes before standing up completely to give your body, and your stomach, time to adjust.

In some cases, medication may also help. There are plenty of anti-nausea medications on the market, most of which are available at your local drugstore. If the nausea is severe, you may want to contact your doctor for further direction, as a stronger prescription anti-nausea medication may be necessary. No matter what you are taking, avoid products containing aspirin, as this can make the problem worse. If the issue persists and you cannot figure out the cause, you should consult with your physician to see if there may be a more serious underlying condition.

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Cageybird
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I've been known to feel light headed and nauseated after I've had a big lunch. I have learned to avoid places that only offer lunch buffets, so I won't be facing afternoon nausea later. If it does happen, I rely more on OTC antacid tablets and effervescent medications to relieve the nausea and bloating. My symptoms usually resolve themselves by the time I go home, though. I rarely go home feeling light-headed. I suspect part of the problem is my blood sugar spiking after I've had a big meal or a mid-afternoon snack.

Phaedrus
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Sometimes when I experience afternoon nausea, I need to change the air temperature around me. If I'm too hot, I need to turn up the air conditioner or splash cold water on my face. I very rarely feel nauseated when I'm cold.

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