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5 Practical Ways for Dealing with Morning Sickness in Pregnancy
Morning sickness in pregnancy sucks, let’s just call it as it is.
And, I can tell you first hand that it’s not just something that happens in the morning. It’s all day long. It’s relentless and feels like it will never go away.
It usually only sticks around for the first trimester of pregnancy, but for some women, it lingers into the second trimester. For some, it will last through out the whole pregnancy!
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What is Morning Sickness and What Causes it?
Morning sickness is the lovely nausea feeling you have during pregnancy, it often includes puking (often, like everyday). It is not pleasant, and DOES NOT only occur in the morning. For many, like myself, it’s an all day phenomenon.
Though, I personally tended to get sick the most in the morning time. Which could be explained by the stomach not having food in it for a long period of time.
Morning sickness is cause by an increase in hormones, usually just in the first trimester, but not always. It’s a sign that the pregnancy is going well, though it’s not the only sign, and there are some pregnant women who never had morning sickness. I don’t know any of them, but I’m sure they exist!
Just remember that your sickness, and the change of hormones, is a good thing for your developing baby, and it’ll all be worth it in the end. You know, when you trade all the annoying pregnancy symptoms in for an adorable little bundle and sleepless nights!
Know, you are not alone in this morning sickness ordeal.
Ways to Help with Morning Sickness
Maybe you’ve tried all the usual remedies, like I have.
- Ginger ale, ginger tea, ginger everything
- Eating something small before getting out of bed in the morning (for me, this ensured I puked as soon as I got up in the morning)
- A prescription to help ease the nausea (I couldn’t swallow the pills without throwing up)
- Preggie pops (at least they taste good)
- The wrist bands with plastic things in them that are supposed to press on a pressure point
- And more
Maybe, you’re like me and none of them worked.
If you find yourself still suffering after those recommendations, know you’re not alone. I am right there with you suffering through the first trimester of pregnancy.
Luckily, I’ve found a few things that actually do help, at least slightly. But if I can find a slight relief from morning sickness, maybe you can, too.
First, give yourself grace in pregnancy
You’re growing a baby inside of you for goodness sake. That takes a lot of work. Be appreciative that your body is capable of such things. Not everyone can grow another human being inside of them, not even all women can. As sad as that is to think of, and as hard as it can be to feel thankful when you’re puking every couple of hours; be thankful for what your body can do.
Also, if you have horrible morning sickness, like I have, make sure you give yourself grace.
This is not a time to be hard on yourself, nor to put more on your plate of responsibilities.
Don’t feel bad if the dishes sit in the sink for a few days or if you can’t cook dinner because the smells make you sick.
If the kids end up eating more cereal for dinner than you’d like; know that this time will pass. It’s only temporary.
If you can’t take on as much as you used to, that’s ok.
No one is expecting you to take on the world in your first trimester of pregnancy. If your home doesn’t look like a tornado literally went straight through it, then consider that enough, especially if you have other kids to take care of too.
Do what you can, and don’t feel bad about what doesn’t get done.
5 Things You Can Do That Might Actually Help with the Nausea
More specifically for me, cran-apple juice. The strong and slightly sour flavor of this drink was one of the only drinks that helped me not feel nauseous. That is, if I was able to drink it before my toddler drank my whole cup.
Add lemon to your water
I’m a huge water drinker, like I usually can drink a gallon of water a day no problem. Unfortunately, during the first trimester this pregnancy, I couldn’t stand the taste of water.
It was too plain and just blah. Adding some lemon juice to my water seemed to do the trick to help me stay hydrated.
I would simply use the lemon juice that you’d get in the produce section in the shape of a lemon. I’m sure you could easily swap it out for lime juice or some other juice of your preference. Or, simply add fruit to your water for some flavor.
The lemon juice was another thing that I’d have to get to before my toddler. She literally drinks the juice from the lemon itself, though she will also eat a whole lemon if I cut one in half for her….
Eat as often as a baby does
Growing a baby takes a lot of work, and nutrients. I’ve found with this pregnancy, that eating about every hour and a half helped keep me from getting sick. Any longer and I would end up in the bathroom.
What is eaten doesn’t seem to matter as much as how often in this phase of pregnancy. Just make sure it has some nutritional value to it, and it’s not just all junk.
You don’t have to eat a lot, either. Just a small snack will do.
Eating too much can make you feel even worse, and you don’t really need to have more calories in your diet in the first trimester. (Unless of course, if your doctor tells you to eat more than usual. But, that will usually only be if you’re underweight in the first place.)
Try to stay in touch with your body and what it’s telling you. It’s pretty good at telling you how much you should eat, and when.
You may want to remember this advice again in your third trimester. With my two children, now 3 and 6, I felt like I ate as often as a newborn baby does when I was in the third trimester. Yes, I even remember waking up in the middle of the night to eat, too. I was up anyways to use the bathroom, with my baby jumping on my bladder, that tends to happen often in pregnancy.
Rest when you can
Just as you need to give yourself grace, you need to rest when you can.
If you have to be on your feet for an hour or longer, make sure you have some time to relax and put your feet up, too.
I understand this can be difficult if you work outside the home, or if you have little ones running all over the place.
If you’re morning sickness is bad, maybe let your employer, or at least friends at work, know. That way they won’t question why you’re going to the bathroom so often, when you get sick, or when you don’t seem to have the energy you used to.
As for dealing with morning sickness and other kids, don’t feel bad if you let them watch some tv while you rest. Honestly, some shows aren’t that bad, especially pbs kids shows like Daniel Tigers neighborhood, Super Why, and Peg + Cat.
*If you don’t have cable, some pbs kids shows are available on Netflix or Hulu. They also have a free app called pbs kids video, where you or your child can choose which pbs kids show to watch, or watch what’s on tv live. My 3 year old even got a PBS KIDS streaming stick for Christmas and loves it, it has shows, games, and more!
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Be active when you can
Sometimes going for a walk, or being active in other ways, can help you forget about being sick for a little bit and ease your nausea.
Just be sure not to over do it. Fatigue in early pregnancy is real. This is not the time to start training for a marathon or start an intense workout plan, especially if you weren’t very active before becoming pregnant.
If you feel up to working out at home during this trimester, or any trimester in pregnancy, I’d recommend these workout dvds. I’ve used them for all of my pregnancies, minus most of the first trimester. Each dvd is tailored to the trimester of pregnancy you’re in, there’s even a postnatal bootcamp dvd.
But, simply getting off the couch to clean up your home, or going for a walk can help. Just let whoever is with you know that you may not walk as fast as you used to and may need to take a rest a little more often.
Know that it usually means your hormone levels are where they should be
Morning sickness is a pain, and the all day nausea that accompanies it is even worse, in my own opinion.
But, feeling this sick is a good sign.
It’s a sign of our hormones going crazy to make our body a nice little home for our baby while it grows into a newborn.
It’s a sign that our baby is most likely healthy and growing as they should.
I have only had one pregnancy without horrible morning sickness, and I ended up miscarrying at 9 weeks. So, to me, horrible morning sickness is an amazing sign. A sign that there’s a healthy baby growing inside of me. A sign that I’m not going to miscarry again.
I am thankful for feeling so sick in the first trimester of pregnancy. But, I also have to live and care for two kids while being pregnant. Using the tips above, I’ve been able to cope with the morning sickness enough so that my kids aren’t just eating cereal all day long for every meal. And enough so that we don’t just lounge around all day on weekends watching tv.