Between my two pregnancies, morning sickness was worse with my girls but awful nonetheless. I didn’t know what to expect the first time around until every morning became difficult to get out of bed.
I was working at the time doing respite care so I was constantly lifting, moving around, and doing some activity. The hardest part was trying to not get sick through any of it (luckily I never did at work). I decided to keep a very bland diet throughout my first trimester. Thankfully, I made it through without many “sickness” spells.
My second pregnancy took it up a couple notches. The nausea took over every single part of my day, not just the morning. There was no escaping it!
I had zero cravings and even if I did, shortly after eating, I couldn’t keep it down. I started losing weight and that is when my doctor put me on medication.
While this medicine helped, it didn’t curb it completely. I learned alot of different ways to help keep the “sickness” part away. Things I wish I had known when I was pregnant the first time. Here are just a few things that you could use:
Crackers in Bed
When you first wake up in the morning, that’s when you will feel the nausea most. Mostly because your hormones are at their highest and your stomach has nothing in it.
Crackers will become your favorite go to. I suggest you keep a small stock of crackers next to your side of the bed. Before you even sit up to get out of bed, nibble on a few crackers first.
Doing this will help ease that “wave of nausea” you will feel. It won’t take it away but trust me it will help.
I don’t think I truly learned to do this until my second pregnancy. I would try to have smaller meals with my son but I was just so hungry I would forget all about it and pay for it later.
Having smaller meals multiple times a day could definitely help curb nausea. If your body is constantly getting the nutrition it needs, you won’t have any empty stomach feeling or hardly any nausea feeling.
Try to avoid foods high in sugar and definitely avoid seasoning your foods (salt is fine). These two things definitely won’t help your situation.
So pick your meals wisely and only eat what you can handle. Your vitamins will help balance it out for the time being (try to eat healthy and fresh foods as much as you can).
Keep Up with Your Water
It is especially important to drink water while you are pregnant. You can get dehydrated real easy if you are getting sick.
I would use a water bottle with a straw. Sipping through a straw controls the flow a little bit which can help with the nausea. Gulping water will only make the feeling worse.
So take smaller sips when drinking water.
Not everyone is a fan but something about sour candies (not too much sugar) helps with nausea.
The flavors that helped me the most were lemon and orange. Now I know some people don’t like these so just try out a few different ones to see what works best.
They do sell sour candies specifically for moms with morning sickness. Those are great too! Just look up candies to help with morning sickness.
This one is a pretty well-known aid for an upset stomach. Whether it is fresh ginger, ginger tea, pickled ginger, or gin gins any of it helps!
Whenever you are feeling quesy, try some ginger. Definitely take your time if you are eating it (at least for me it took me a while to warm up to the taste of it). You only need to have a fee pieces of ginger to help.
Just speaking from experience, these are ways that helped me tremendously get through the yucky part of pregnancy. I hope they are able to help you too.
While I am no doctor, you should still talk to your doctor if you are having really bad nausea. These are just some simple home remedies to help you curb that icky feeling!
Hang in there Mama! The sickness is only temporary and won’t last forever. You got this!
If anyone has any other helpful suggestions, please comment below!