Tips from a mom of two about how to ease morning sickness. Learn what worked for both of my pregnancies!
When I was pregnant with Miss M, I knew she was a little girl in a matter of days. My pregnancy was so different from when I had Mister K. But the part that made the most difference? The morning sickness. I can’t even tell you how awful this part was!
With Mister K, I got lucky. I mean, really really really lucky. I had a super easy pregnancy and I threw up a total of ONE time. Talk about easy!! Now with Miss M, no way did I get that lucky twice. I worked in food service at the time and this made it the most miserable experience of my life. I went home several times because I just couldn’t stop throwing up in the trash next to me. Customers didn’t know I was pregnant yet, so I’m sure they thought I was going to infect their food or something. (I know I would have thought that!)
This went on and on for MONTHS. As my pregnancy progressed, it honestly just got worse. The smells, the food, the tastes, it became so unbearable. (Don’t ever ask me to eat an egg sandwich ever again!) It was quite miserable, to be honest. It’s nothing like I ever thought.
I’ve tried several methods to help ease morning sickness and today I want to share those with you. I can’t guarantee that it will make it completely go away (although it might!), but I can say these will help it become a bit more manageable.
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1 | Do not skip any meals
This one was especially hard for me when I first got pregnant. I worked pretty early in the morning (6am) and I’m not a morning person. I would roll out of bed last minute and walk the 2 miles to work. There was no way that I was going to wake up at 4am so I could cook myself breakfast. I got my break and free meal at 9am and that’s when I ate my breakfast. I was off at 2pm so lunch and dinner would follow after I got off work.
Technically, I wasn’t skipping meals. My body did not find this was good enough, though. The vomiting, the dizziness, and a few times of nearly passing out occurred frequently after I got pregnant and stayed on this routine. After a few weeks, my stubbornness gave in and I made a few changes.
Eat less, more frequently: Instead of eating massive meals 3 times a day, I started snacking throughout the day. My doctor advised not to go more than 2 hours between eating. But honestly, this is how we should be eating anyway! You don’t have to deal with your stomach being “full” or “empty” when you eat several small amounts throughout the day. It’s also much easier to digest.
Keep snacks nearby: There was no way I was getting up to make myself a big breakfast just because I was pregnant. I was waking up early enough as is! What I did instead was I bought plenty of snacks (think crackers and granola bars) to snack on between my meals. I also had high-sugar juices (such as orange juice) to keep my blood sugar level where it needed to be. Thankfully, my job was very accommodating and allowed me to run back to grab a bite of my snack or sip of my drink regularly. During my walk, I would also snack a little and sip my drink.
Once I started this routine, it helped immensely to ease morning sickness. I still threw up pretty regularly, but it definitely helped ease it a little.
2 | Eat the right foods to ease morning sickness
It’s a known fact that pregnant women with morning sickness can’t eat very much. Smells can have us running to the bathroom for dear life! Let me tell you – this couldn’t be more true. I spent quite a bit of time at work on the bathroom floor, hoping that was all. (assuming I was already there and not puking in the nearest trash can.)
What I did find helpful, is eating the right foods throughout my pregnancy. You want to avoid anything that is high in fat, greasy, rich, or spicy, as they might trigger your nausea. I know they did for me! There are a few things you’ll want to focus on instead.
High protein foods are best: Eating foods that are simple, high in protein, and high in vitamins (especially vitamin B) will truly play in your favor. Things like nuts, peanut butter, some fruits, whole grains, avocado all make great snacks that are high in protein.
Play it safe and eat cold foods: When I was pregnant, anything hot had me running for the nearest bathroom. It took many, many months for this to subside. During that time, I stuck to cold foods. Salad and sandwiches were my favorite. I just could not handle cooking smells!
3 | Take it easy to ease morning sickness, mama!
The matter of the fact, your first trimester is going to be really hard. You’re going to feel absolutely dreadful between the changes your body is going through, and all the emotions going on. Morning sickness isn’t easy on any of us and it’s best to take it as easy as you can.
If I could go back, I would have found a way to quit working well before I did. My pregnancy was hard and I can only imagine how much easier it would have been if I slowed down a little.
Rest as much as you can: I spent at least half my day in bed, no joke. I slept all night, took a nap when I got home from work (and watched lots and lots of netflix)! Despite working full time, I definitely made sure I got my rest. This may not be possible if you have lots of other kids but try your best. See if a family member will take them to the park while you can rest a little if that can work for you.
(Stay hydrated: This is so super important my friend! As a pregnant woman, it is way more essential that you’re drinking enough water. You need to be drinking at least half your weight in ounces of water. (If you’re 140 pounds, drink 70oz of water a day.) Being dehydrated can be dangerous later down the line so it’s good to get in the habit now and it can help you feel better too!
Try other tricks: Doing the things listed above helped me quite a bit, but I’ve heard about some other “strange” tricks like sniffing a lemon and consuming things with ginger. Try some things out and see what works for you!
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