A list of all my favorite Tips/Tricks To Relieve Morning Sickness
Morning sickness. Literally, my most dreaded thing about pregnancy. And whoever came up with "morning" sickness, didn't come up with a very good name. Because in all honestly, it is more like ALL DANG DAY sickness!
Some women experience morning sickness much worse than others. You may be one that certain smells tip you off-hamburger and booze for me. This was actually how I found out I was pregnant. Booze smelt and sounded absolutely terrible, which definitely isn't me. Sure enough, I was pregnant. Or you may be one where certain tastes of food get to you, certain sitting positions, any motion, or you may be one where absolutely everything seems to make you nauseous.
And you may be wondering, what am I suppose to do? As you may have a job or several other little ones to take care of. So to help you get some relief through your first trimester I rounded up tips/tricks to help you relieve the most dreaded morning sickness.
Tips/Tricks To Relieve Morning Sickness
Breakfast In Bed
Yes, several women find that eating something before you get out of bed helps with nausea. Keep a package of crackers or some sort of breakfast biscuit (Belvita) beside your bed to snack on. This is a great deal! 30 packs, of assorted flavors, (4 biscuits per pack) for $20! Or have your husband bring you some toast. Now you have the perfect excuse for your husband to bring you breakfast in bed. 🙂
I know this may be hard to do when absolutely nothing sounds appealing. But eating, smaller more frequent meals tends to help, and keeps your blood sugar more stable as well.
Several women have also found carbs/starches to help with the sickness. Try crackers, toast, rice, mashed potatoes, and my go to, baked potato.
Eating a combination of protein/complex carbohydrates/fats every 2-3 hours can help to ease the nausea. Some ideas include: peanut butter on whole grain toast, eggs and whole grain toast, tuna salad on whole grain bread or crackers, cottage cheese, yogurt, nuts and raisins, or protein packed granola bars.
Eating a protein packed snack before bed will also help with nausea, as it helps keep your blood sugar from taking a large dip throughout the night.
Although, when picking out snacks try to avoid anything spicy, fried, greasy, along with caffeine and artificial sweeteners.
Cold foods also seem to be easier to get down than hot ones. They also typically do not have as strong of a smell as hot ones, which can set of nausea. Smoothies are a great alternative for cold foods!
Several other moms have said sour and salty foods have helped them throughout morning sickness! I can relate to this, as pickle juice was my saving grace! Boy, I can't tell you how mad I was when my significant other ate the last pickle then threw out my pickle juice! Other moms say they carried around jolly ranchers or sour patch kids in their purses! Hey, it's worth a shot and gives you an excuse to eat candy!
I'm sure you remember the good ole ginger ale that your mom use to give you as a kid, to settle an upset stomach. Ginger ale, gingersnaps, ginger tea, gingerbread, crystallized ginger, ginger sticks are all great options for easing an upset stomach.
You can also take ginger by capsule form! I recommend taking one with food when you first get up and again at the first sign of nausea.
Yes, I know that this may be hard to do when you have a to do list as long as Santa's naughty list 😉 Although, rest is extremely crucial throughout pregnancy. Make self-care a priority, and don't be afraid to ask for help! Ask your husband, friend, mom, dad, whoever to watch the kids for an hour so you can get an hour or two of rest!
Listen to your body, if it is telling you, you need rest, rest! If you feel nausea coming on, lay down, take a nap, and get yourself back on track for the rest of the day. Trying to push through your exhaustion and nausea will only make you feel worse!
Try keeping a water bottle next to you at all times. Try drinking half of your body weight, in ounces, each day. For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, try drinking at least 75 ounces of water each day!
I love this water bottle as it has ounce markings on the side, so it always keeps me on track throughout the day. And it has a fruit infuser. Toss some lemons, limes, blueberries in your water to make it that much better! Or try flavored water (look for sugar free options) or sparkling water!
Staying hydrated is essential for mamas, especially when you aren't able to keep anything down. If water is to much, just try sucking on ice chips. Or freeze Pedialyte or Gaterade in ice cube trays and suck on those in order to keep you hydrated and get in those electrolytes!
Eating water filled fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, blueberries, peaches, grapefruit ) is also a great way to help keep your hydrated!
Nothing makes nausea worse than being hot! So if you begin to feel nauseous, taking a few breaths of fresh air may help. If you are working, maybe keep a small fan nearby to help cool you off!
Morning Sickness Tea
A decaffeinated morning sickness tea can truly work wonders! This tea is an Organic Meyer Lemon and Ginger Herbal Blend.
The scent of Meyer Lemon and natural properties of ginger help kick nausea to the curb and settle your upset tummy while the polyphenols in naturally decaffeinated black tea promote a healthy gut and deliver a boost of antioxidants.
Studies show the scent of lemon has been effective in reducing nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. Studies also show that ginger is a proven natural remedy for the symptoms of morning sickness.
This tea really is a lifesaver! And the best thing yet, it tastes great! Drink it hot or iced throughout the day or whenever nausea strikes!
Like stated above, studies show the scent of lemon has been effective in relieving nausea in pregnant women.
When nauseous cut a lemon and inhale the aroma to ease your nausea. Keep lemon essential oil in your purse, or around you at all times. When feeling nauseous dab a couple drops of lemon essential oil on your wrist to smell. Or you can simply squeeze lemon juice into your water, tea, etc. to help ease an upset tummy. Or try the tummy drops, talked about below, that contain lemon.
You can also keep these aromatherapy inhalers for nausea in your purse as well!
Stomach Settle Drops
I recommend these tummy drops over all other brands of tummy drops! They taste great and instantly go to work relieving nausea, due to the fact they contain micronized ginger (absorb quickly). They also relieve bloating, gas, and motion sickness. If you easily got motion sickness before you were pregnant, it is likely that your sensitivity to motion will be heightened when pregnant.
I LOVE that these drops contain NO artificial anything! And they contain four PROVEN natural remedies to relieve upset stomach-ginger, spearmint, lemon, and B6.
Take Your Vitamins
Taking, and keeping, your prenatal vitamins down during pregnancy is oh so important! Prenatals contain an assortment of vitamins and minerals that assist your baby in obtaining the nutrients that are critical for healthy development. Throughout pregnancy, a woman's daily requirement needs for certain nutrients, such as folic acid (folate), calcium, and iron will increase.
Some tips for taking prenatal vitamins include:
- Take before bed. As you don't feel sick when you are sleeping.
- This prenatal protein shake is also a great alternative.
- If taking one vitamin a day is too intense and causes nausea, try taking a lower dose of vitamin that you can take several times throughout the day.
- Do not take on an empty stomach. Taking them on an empty stomach may cause you to feel nauseous, resulting in vomiting.
- If you are having trouble swallowing a pill, take your prenatal as a gummie instead. They taste great and are easy to get down.
Morning Sickness Acupressure Bracelet
You may have seen these bracelets for motion sickness, but they are also known to work for morning sickness!
These bands are put onto your wrist and work by acupressure. Whenever you are feeling nauseous, just slip these on and they will go to work relieving your nausea in just a couple minutes!
Yes, I was skeptical at first as well, but you wouldn't believe all the great reviews for this product!
No, they may not be the prettiest, but they are very budget friendly and whatever helps, right?
Overcome morning sickness by keeping nausea-causing bacteria to a minimum. Through the production of lactic acid, Pink Stork probiotic supports a healthy GI tract and creates much-needed relief from bacteria like H. pylori and others that contribute to morning sickness.
Pink Stork Pro also provides relief from constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, heartburn, yeast, and much more.
Studies suggest that taking vitamin B6 for morning sickness greatly improves nausea. Vitamin B6 also helps our bodies to process certain amino acids, which reduce nausea. Additional studies also show that women who have severe morning sickness have lower levels of vitamin B6 in their blood.
There you have it mamas! Congratulations on that sweet bundle of joy and good luck with the rest of your pregnancy! That little one will be here before you know it! 🙂
Keep in mind that what works for some women may not work for others. That is why I tried to compile as many tips/tricks as I could in order for you to find what ones work best for you!
Hopefully you are able to discover something that helps you keep the morning sickness at bay. I would love to hear what morning sickness tips helped you! Along with any remedies that kicked your nausea to the curb, that are not mentioned in this post! We are all about moms helping moms here!
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