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Dealing with “morning sickness” is a normal part of pregnancy but it can make an exciting time somewhat frustrating and depressing when you are coping with it day after day. With each of my pregnancies, I suffered terrible morning sickness. With my last pregnancy, my nausea would start mid afternoon and continue throughout the night. Because I was so severely nauseated up until approximately 24 weeks, I had to learn ways to cope with it so I could continue going about my normal activities. Find below some things I did to help ease my daily nausea and hopefully they will help you as well!
1. Eat small, bland meals throughout the day. You know when your sick with a stomach virus how you’re supposed to eat the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce, and toast)? Stick with those foods in this case too. I used to keep a box of saltine crackers to snack on everytime I felt nausea coming on.
2. If your morning sickness starts at a distinct time or you notice a pattern, eat a moderate sized meal before that time. For a few weeks, my nausea started like clockwork at 7pm. I have no idea what the cause of this was, but the same thing would occur every night. So I resolved this by preparing and eating dinner around 6pm and that seemed to help decrease or even eliminate my 7pm nausea.
3. I know I said eat the BRAT diet above, but for some odd reason the sour taste of Granny Smith apples made me feel better. I would eat these everyday at lunch with a little bit of peanut butter and a bagel. If you have a food(s) that you can tolerate- eat it! My OB told me as long as I was able to keep down those select foods it was better than consuming nothing at all.
4. One word: Ginger. Ginger has long been used to settle the stomach and it truly does work. I am not a soda drinker by any means but drinking flat ginger ale was a go-to solution for me. There is also ginger gum for on the go- I would chew this while at work and it had the same effect.
5. Natural Teas: There are several teas made just for the treatment of morning sickness symptoms. I used Yogi Mother to Be Tea which was nice with a little bit of honey.
6. Acupressure Wristbands: I used these with my last pregnancy and they seemed to help take the edge off of my nausea. They work by applying pressure to Nei Kuan pressure point by a plastic stud on each wristband. You do need to be sure placement on your wrists is correct for optimal effect.
7. Fresh Air: Sometimes just going for a simple walk outside can help clear your symptoms. My morning sickenss was often triggered by smells so an outside walk was refreshing and would also help me feel better.
8. Rest: When all else fails try to sleep it off and hope you will feel better when you get up!
9. Take your prenatal vitamin! There is some research that deficiencies in certain vitamins (mainly B Vitamins) can cause the symptoms associated with morning sickness. There are now lollipops and lozenges that are supplemented with B vitamins to alleviate nausea.
10. For a while I had to skip out on family dinners because the odor would trigger me to get sick every night. I also learned exactly what foods put my gag reflex in full effect. Don’t be afraid to tell friends or family you can’t attend certain events or perform tasks you once could before. My husband had to do our family’s grocery shopping for a few months because it would literally make me sick.
Stay focused and positive. The sickness is only temporary and just a small part of a huge miracle. Thinking about my unborn daughter and the day I would finally being able to meet and hold her in my arms was my main focus which helped me get through my sickest days.