The clinic nurse is seeing a pregnant client who is expecting her first child. She complains of morning sickness and nasal stuffiness. The nurse recommends interventions to minimize discomfort from her symptoms. Which should the nurse recommend? Select all that apply.

  • take ginger pills to alleviate nausea
  • drink a full glass of water at each meal
  • use a humidifier to help with congestion
  • eat dry crackers before getting out of bed in the morning
  • eat three regular meals each day to provide needed nutrients
  • use an over-the-counter nasal spray such as a saline-based spray
Numbers 3 and 4 are correct.
A humidifier can help with congestion and stuffiness. Eating dry crackers before getting out of bed in the morning helps with morning sickness. Ginger pills should not be taken unless prescribed by the health care provider, as they can cause miscarriage in higher doses. Liquids should be consumed between meals rather than at meals. Several small meals during the day are better than three regular meals. Over-the-counter nasal sprays should not be used without the health care provider’s recommendation.