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What to Do (and Avoid) When You Have Morning Sickness

I am almost 8 weeks pregnant, and I am in the throws of morning sickness.

If you’ve ever been pregnant, you are probably well aware that it’s not really morning sickness, but rather strikes-at-any-time-you’re-breathing sickness. This time around, mine is most noxious in the early morning, the late morning, and the late afternoon.

how to ease morning sicknessThat’s an improvement over my pregnancy with Grace when it was all day, every day. I’m grateful for little miracles.

Anyway, I have found some things that help my nausea – and some things that make it worse – so I thought I’d share in case you’re ever in the throws of it yourself.

What to Do to Ease Morning Sickness

  1. Sleep. So it’s not an option if you’re the sole care giver of other children or if you are at work, but taking a nap can give you the respite you need for the wave of nausea to pass.
  2. Eat more frequently. I’ve been able to stave off the nausea by eating every hour.
    No kidding, every hour.
    Before you ask how much weight I’ve gained, please understand that I’m just eating a few bites of something every hour. A Fiber One bar. A 100 calorie pack of pretzels. An apple. Just enough to keep something in my stomach.
    And I don’t know how much weight I’ve gained, if I’ve gained any. I haven’t stepped on the scale in a month or two.
  3. Plan ahead. Always have snacks that settle your stomach in your purse, just in case.
  4. Eat within 20 minutes of waking. Freeman Michaels told me that one, and it’s been a miracle cure for me. If I wait 30 minutes (because I’ve taken a shower or something), I get sick. Eat within 20 minutes of waking up, even if it means having a snack ready to go on your nightstand.
    You have my permission to eat in bed if you need to.
  5. Suck on hard candy. This time around, I swear by Preggie Pop Drops. I’m starting to sweat because I’m awaiting a big shipment from Target any day now, and I only have 3 drops left in my purse.
    Preggie Pop Drops are super sour hard candies. I don’t know whether it’s the sucking or the sour or something all together different, but the lemon, tangerine, and green apple flavors give me relief (albeit it temporary) from the nausea.
    Incidentally, there are also Preggie Pops Lollipops but I haven’t tried them. I ordered some with my sour drops, so we’ll see.
  6. Consume ginger. Ginger is supposed to be good for nausea, if you can stomach it. Ginger tea and ginger cookies are supposed to be helpful, whereas ginger ale doesn’t contain enough ginger to help. That’s what I’ve heard anyway, I do not really care for ginger to begin with.
    Trina at Oh Boy Organics shared a recipe with me for Roasted Carrot Ginger Soup that she claims will work wonders for my nausea, but I haven’t gotten around to trying it just yet.
  7. Wear acupressure bands. When I was pregnant with Grace, Acupressure Bands helped a lot. I can’t find mine at the moment, so I don’t know if they’d help this time around or not.
    Also. Acupressure bands are worn on the lower forearm, just above the wrist. Given the warm weather, I’d have a lot of pregnancy-related questions to answer from my students if I showed up at school wearing my Sea-Bands.

What to Avoid to Ease Morning Sickness

  1. Don’t let yourself get too hungry. An empty stomach is a nauseous one.
  2. Don’t overeat. It is probably common sense, but I’ll say it anyway. Don’t eat too much at one sitting. Shortly after I learned that I was pregnant, I ate two brownies and a cookie at a teacher appreciation luncheon. I felt like I was going to throw up for hours afterward. Don’t overdo it.
  3. Avoid pungent odors. Smells you previously liked could make your stomach lurch during these hormone-colored days. My mom still talks about how the smell of dinner cooking made her sick every day.
    If you can, avoid bad smells especially. When I’m upstairs, I ask Joe to move our cats’ litter box outside. I just can’t handle its odor (even though it’s almost nonexistent to me when I’m not pregnant).
  4. Avoid foods that are hard on the stomach. Fried and/or spicy foods give me indigestion almost immediately, and they induce heartburn and nausea for hours afterward.
  5. Don’t forget to drink lots. Get plenty of water. Even before I was pregnant, I drank 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. Thinking that was enough, I didn’t increase the amount I was drinking.
    A few weeks ago, I called my obstetrician’s office in a panic; I had intense cramps in my pelvis. It turns out that I was dehydrated. Make sure you’re getting enough water, and go easy on the caffeine.
  6. Don’t wear yourself out. If you become exhausted, it will be harder to deal with the nausea. Ask your family members for help, and take time out to lie down when you need to.
  7. Don’t go to bed hungry. Have a little snack – a yogurt, some cheese, a glass of milk, or even a piece of fruit – or else you may wake up nauseous in the morning.

I’m not a doctor, and I don’t presume to be, so if you are worried about something, get real medical advice. I am, however, a mother who’s been through rather severe nausea before, and I thought it might be helpful if I shared what has worked for me.

Happily submitted to Works for Me Wednesday

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8 thoughts on “What to Do (and Avoid) When You Have Morning Sickness”

  1. When I was pregnant with the twins, the only way to keep nausea bearable was to eat all night long too- so I'd snack on a little something every time I woke up to pee LOL
    The nights I didn't, I was sick the whole next day.

  2. Very good tips! I ate just about every hour and it was the ONLY thing that helped. I had the added disadvantage of not being able to stomach warm or hot foods (???) so I usually ate mandarin oranges or cantaloupe that had been chilled to ice-cold. And you're so right about avoiding strong odors–the smell of popcorn made me want to die. Ginger beer (it's non-alcoholic) worked sometimes, but it's so sweet that it often turned my stomach. Preggie Pop Drops are amazing! The apple and raspberry ones were my favorites and were the only way I made it through my workday for most of my pregnancy.

    I hope your morning sickness fades soon. Here's wishing you a happy and healthy pregnancy!

  3. Congratulations!

    I was extremely lucky and never had any morning sickness. I did however have a horrific migrane today and some of those same tips you gave were ones given to me for that.

  4. I feel for you! My daughter I was only nauseous with cleaning products, huge garbage bins, and my husbands video game. I'm sure people think I'm crazy but to this day, the video game still makes me remember how nauseous I was with my daughter. My son, everything made me sick and since I was still breastfeeding there was no way I could get enough food in. I even got in trouble for losing weight during my pregnancy.

  5. Ugh.. I also had all day sickness this pregnancy. I felt great when I was pregnant with Graham. Luckily, it ended at about 16 weeks. Now I just have to deal with the heartburn! Ugh!

  6. congrats on your pregnancy! i hope you are feeling better soon. i had the worst nausea, so i feel for you. it truly is all-day sickness and lasts long past the first trimester for so many women.

    you are so right that rest can make a big differenence. unison and green apples also worked for me, and an essential oil foot rub worked for my s-i-l. i post about fighting pregnancy nausea here:

  7. Just a note- I don't like ginger either, but I found ginger capsules at the pharmacy during my last pregnancy. They did help!

  8. I've had 12 pregnancies and only 1 I wasn't hyperemic(extreme nausea and vomiting) with through out the entire pregnancy. Here are my tried and trues…
    bottle of rubbing alcohol…carry it around and sniff it if you feel you're about to go. I got this from a post op nurse. She tears open swabs for people to sniff when they're feeling woosie from the anethesia.

    orange….organic orange and just carry a whole one around with you…tear at it with your nails/stick your nail into the rind and sniff. The orange oil is a great antiemic. I also went through tons of orange essential oil and rubbing it on my feet and hitting tummy pressure points.

    sea bands are good but not with hyperemics. There is a new thing out that is like the sea band, but it has an electric current attached to keep the stomach calm…I plan on looking into that for our next one since I discovered it as I was walking in to deliver my last babe. Talk about lousy timing! 😉

    Also…put peppermint essential oil in the toilet. It gets rid of that nasty smell(don't know if there really is one but I swear there is…hubby called me weird under his breath but would scrub it in the morning and at night. isn't he sweet?!) and just makes hugging the potty a more enjoyable experience. Buy the big runs around 9 bucks and would last me a month and I'd vomit about 14 times a day.

    Congrats on the pregnancy. I wish you a blessed and enjoyable pregnancy & a healthy birth you are happy and excited about. I wish you a happy postpartum & baby too.

    When Mon(tessori) (Wal)dorf Attachment Parenting meet in our home..

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