Feeling green? While it certainly isn’t enjoyable, nausea is normal during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester. Morning sickness can have a pretty big impact on your daily life and I want to share with you what helped me most in dealing with the dreaded nausea.
What is morning sickness and when will it end?
Morning sickness is that not-so-wonderful nauseous, queasy feeling you have that occurs because of pregnancy and may or may not last all day and all night. The good news? It will go away. The bad news? It might not be as soon as you want. Most women find it disappearing by the end of the first trimester.
After scouring the internet looking for relief for myself, these are the things that ended up working best for me.
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Ways to Manage Morning Sickness:
Ginger ale or sprite
Sipping on something fizzy was a huge help for me. I usually went for Ginger Ale or Sprite. It seemed to help calm my stomach and ease the nausea for a while.
My sister-in-law recommended these to me. They use acupressure to reduce nausea. The concept sounded a little strange, but I gave it a try. They helped me a lot with the intensity of my queasiness, though didn’t take it away completely. These are the ones I used.
Tea was my lifesaver during 1st trimester. There are some specifically designed to help alleviate morning sickness like Pink Stork and Earth Mamma. I ended up drinking a mix of ginger flavored tea like those and rooibos tea. It really helped keep me hydrated when nothing else sounded good.
I’m sure you’ve heard that ginger is supposed to help with nausea. In addition to ginger ale, and ginger tea, I had luck with chewing on ginger candy. This was especially helpful when I felt like I needed something more in my stomach than liquid.
Eat small, frequent meals
This might be the most helpful piece of advice I was given. Eat small, frequent meals or snacks. Eating might be the last thing you want to do right now, but, for me, nausea got so much worse the second I got hungry. I was usually able to keep down crackers, bagels and cream cheese, toast, oatmeal, and other similarly bland foods when I felt my worst.
Go on walks
Take a walk around your neighborhood. Getting up, moving, and getting fresh air can be great for relieving nausea. I know this sounds like a terrible idea when you’re lying on the couch wondering when this miserable feeling will go away, but give it a try. I always felt better after moving around a little.
Keep crackers in the house at all times. Take them with you wherever you go. Stick some in your car, in your purse, on your nightstand. You never know when nausea will hit and you’ll be thankful to have them available. I went through many boxes of Saltines and Ritz crackers during this stage.
Do you always have a terrible taste in your mouth? I did. I was brushing my teeth 5 times a day trying to get rid of it. This ended up making me have a crazy strong aversion to my toothpaste because it reminded me of being sick. I ended up switching toothpastes multiple times. Finally, I figured out that if I eat mints regularly throughout the day it helps get rid of the taste and I didn’t have to go through every flavor of toothpaste that exists.
Use unscented products
If you find yourself gagging when doing laundry or washing your hands, switch to an unscented version. Most cleaning products and toiletries have an unscented version which can make a huge difference in your sickness if these are triggers for you.
I hope some of these suggestions will help you out. It takes some trial and error to figure out what will work best for you. Hang in there momma, it will get better!