Battling morning sickness? Here are 5 simple remedies that worked for me!
I have to admit that I feel a little inadequate writing this post on combating morning sickness. I’ve only battled morning sickness one time–in my current (third) pregnancy. (Don’t hate me!)
One misconception about morning sickness is that it is only in the morning–and that it ends like clockwork as soon as you begin the second trimester. Every woman is different. My “morning” sickness actually lasted until about 16 or 17 weeks (although it did weaken in the 2nd trimester) and would start in the afternoon and go into the night.
Not all women with morning sickness even throw up. I never did (again, don’t hate me…I have had TWO stomach viruses during this pregnancy!). Anything from a queasy stomach to severe vomiting can be classified as morning sickness.
The following 5 simple tips are very basic. These are mainly what worked for me. They may or may not work for you. If nothing at all works and your morning sickness does not seem to let up as your pregnancy progresses (and you are vomiting violently several times per day), you may want to talk to your doctor/midwife about Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
Without further ado, here are my 5 very humble, very simple tips for combating morning sickness:
1. Eat upon waking and eat small meals throughout the day (if you are able).
My friend Stacy went through a period where all she could consume was Sprite! I actually stayed quite hungry during my morning sickness, but I could only eat so much at a time without feeling queasy. A lot of people like to stick to very bland foods like crackers, rice, bananas, etc.
2. Avoid your food aversions at all costs.
I will tout the benefits of consuming broths all day long, but I simply cannot make or really even consume them this pregnancy. I finally gave up cooking whole chickens and making broth/stock around 17 weeks–after throwing out an entire chicken and gagging every time I had to enter the kitchen. Remember this is only a season, and you will be able to consume your favorite foods again!
3. Drink a ginger tea.
Now, I’m sure the best ginger tea is one with freshly-grated ginger that you make yourself, but I know that even the most basic cooking tasks can sometimes be difficult during those first few months of pregnancy! I drank the Yogi brand ginger tea, and I recently discovered Earth Mama, Angel Baby’s Morning Wellness Tea. You can get both of these at Vitacost or Amazon.
4. Suck on ginger candies.
This was honestly not my most favorite remedy. I much preferred the tea–but it could have been just the type of candy I had. I purchased an unknown brand from the bulk foods section of my local healthfood store. I also found several different brands on both the Vitacost and iherb websites. It might be worth a try if you cannot find them locally!
5. Change your vitamins.
Some real foodies don’t worry about taking prenatal vitamins. They figure that as long as they are eating well, their diets will give them plenty of what they need. I agree…BUT, the problem is that many of us with morning sickness simply do not eat well. So, I still take a vitamin.
However, about halfway through my bout with morning sickness, I realized that my prenatal vitamins were making me feel even more nauseated. I frequently took them in the late afternoon or evening, and that is when I felt the worst! When I ran out of my vitamins and took my daughter’s vitamins in the meantime, I started feeling better! When I re-stocked, my morning sickness came back! I spoke to my midwife, and she said I could double up on the children’s vitamins. I did this and felt much better–although I had to take one vitamin in the morning and one at night. If I took my full dose at one time, I still felt just as ill.
I am now taking an Omega 3 supplement as well as the Vitacost brand 42 Fruits and Veggies supplement.
Trilight Health’s Morning Soothe liquid herbal formula. Since I did not start using any of Trilight’s formulas until after I was over morning sickness, I cannot vouch for this particular formula, but I do use and love some of their other pregnancy formulas. I would definitely give this one a try if the morning sickness were to return!
What are your tips for combating morning sickness?
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Want to check out another great post on morning sickness? Lauren of Serving from Home has a great post called The Morning Sickness Phenomenon!
Check out the other posts in this series:
- 10 Reasons We Opted to Give Birth at a Birth Center
- Easing Leg Pain During Pregnancy
- A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, part 1
- A Tale of Two Births: Medicated vs. Natural Hospital Births, part 2
- How to Achieve a Natural Birth in a Hospital Setting
- Real Food Pregnancy Cheats/Shortcuts
- OB or Midwife: Finding the Birth Provider Who Works for You
- A Comparison of Birth Settings: Home, Hospital and Birth Center
- Resources for a Natural Pregnancy
- 10 Things Never to Say to Pregnant Women
- Hyperemesis Gravidarum: Much More than Severe Morning Sickness
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