Nothing takes you crashing down from the heights of celebrating a pregnancy and knowing a new life is growing inside right into feeling like a stinky pile of poo-poo quite like morning sickness does.
If you’re going through that right now, I’m so sorry. It stinks. It really does.
I’ve been there.
I started reading a book while early on in the pregnancy with my first baby, and now I can’t even look at that book without feeling sick.
Morning sickness provides some of your first lessons in parenting. It’s not fun. Not even ideal. But the nausea and vomiting that come with pregnancy does carry 2 teaching points you may want to pay attention to:
- Being a parent means putting up with a lot of crap that we might not want to deal with but we learn to endure for the love of our children. Here may be where that starts for you.
- You can take these kinds of challenges as an obstacle that defeats you, or step up to the challenge and try to defeat this thing. This will serve you well in your later parenting challenges.
Is there a solution to morning sickness?
Now, morning sickness is one of those things that probably has multiple causes and therefore multiple possible solutions. What works for one person may not work at all for another. Especially if you have HG, or hyperemesis gravidarum, you’re going to need to find a practitioner who can help you do the best and healthiest thing for both you and your baby. If you’ve been diagnosed with HG, my friend Michelle who blogs about HG over at Joy in the Morning has some great tips for mamas with hyperemesis listed here.
So, while these are not a one size fits all solution, here are some useful remedies that have helped many people, and I truly hope that you find some relief from the unrelenting nausea with these tips:
Eat, eat, eat!
I found that the most important thing is to make sure you’re eating a combination of protein/fat/complex carbohydrate every 2-3 hours, including during the night. Well, not every few hours all night long, but most pregnant women have to pee at least once during the night, and you should be eating a protein/fat/complex carb snack every time you get up at night. The reasoning behind this is that the nausea may caused by blood sugar dropping too low, and the snack every few hours keeps your blood sugar levels more or less stable which helps keep the nausea away. The trick is eating the snack by the clock and not by hunger. By the time you’re hungry, it’s too late. This is why the middle of the night food is important. So, if something grosses you out, don’t eat it, but these are some things that combine protein/fat/complex carb:
- peanut butter on whole grain toast or crackers
- cheese sandwich or cheese and whole grain crackers
- tuna salad on whole grain bread or crackers
- eggs and whole grain toast
- granola and milk
- nuts and raisins or trail mix of some sort
- chicken and brown rice
- cottage cheese, yogurt, or ricotta and a piece of fruit
Also, never eat desserts/sweets on an empty stomach. You should always eat them with a protein food or directly after your meal or your blood sugar will go all wonky.
Remember: Eat all 3 components and eat every couple of hours or this tip won’t work.
Try ginger capsules.
Taking capsules of ginger helped me enormously. I was always sick in the morning, so I’d take some with my food as soon as I got up, and then take it again at the first sign of nausea. I found that if I took it at the first sign, very often I wouldn’t feel sick at all. The trick with ginger is to take enough so that you feel a warming sensation in your stomach and up your throat a little. I know that sounds weird, but that’s a good rule for taking the right amount for your body. For me, this was 3-4 capsules.
(In the interest of full disclosure, I gave this tip to one of my good friends, and she says that all it did for her was give her ginger-flavored vomit. So your mileage may vary!)
If you’re a tea person, steep some fresh chopped ginger in water just off the boil for 5-6 minutes and sip.
Bonus tip: I used to get car sick driving myself to work while pregnant. A jar of crystallized ginger in my cup holder reminded me to eat a piece as I left the house, and this eliminated my car sickness, too.
Consume beans at every meal.
Some women find relief from morning sickness by eating beans. Nutritionist Karen Hurd popularized this theory on her blog. According to her, morning sickness can be relieved by eating just a small portion of beans at every meal because the soluble fiber in beans help with fat digestion and spent hormone elimination.
So just eat some beans! It’s not a hard fix to try, especially when you make black bean brownies, a tasty way to eat beans at every meal!
Sniff lemon when you’re feeling sick.
The smell or taste of lemon can definitely curb nausea and vomiting. One study done that specifically looked at pregnant women found that simply smelling lemon essential oil significantly reduced both nausea and vomiting in pregnant women (buy through this link to get free shipping and shopping rewards from a reputable essential oil company you can trust-just search for lemon). So definitely keep a bottle of lemon essential oil on hand to sniff when the icky feelings hit, and a little fresh lemonade in the fridge might be a good idea, too!
So there you have it. Four easy to implement methods that can help you to kick morning sickness to the curb.
Please let me know what successes and failures you’ve had with these or other methods of dealing with morning sickness.