The first four months of my second pregnancy were rough. Just when I thought I would somehow escape morning sickness, it started like clockwork at the beginning of week six. And when I say I had morning sickness, I mean all day sickness.
After about two weeks of laying on the couch and feeling like death, I decided that for my sanity (and my stomach) I had to do my best to find morning sickness solutions.
Was I totally successful? Uh, no. But, I did feel well enough to keep up with my four-year-old most of the time, and that was a start.
Just keep trying…
Not all of the ideas below worked for me all of the time. Sometimes something would work for a while, then suddenly not be as effective, and I’d have to switch to something else. Give things a try and don’t be discouraged if certain things just don’t help.
If you have hyperemesis gravidarum, I’m so sorry. My morning sickness has never been that severe, but I hope this list will offer some ideas to take the edge off of your symptoms a bit.
Also, and this is super important, I’m not a doctor. Or a nurse. Or a midwife. I have no medical training. I’m just a mom with way too much experience feeling nauseous during pregnancy. You should talk to your doctor to see if these solutions are right for you.
Without further ado, my queasy friends, I bring you my list of morning sickness solutions…
I started taking Unisom and B6.
My nurse-midwife gave me Unisom and B6. Here’s the thing though, the Unisom has to contain Doxylamine Succinate, which is found in Unisom SleepTabs. Talk to your doctor about dosages for both.
As a nurse explained to me, the key is to maintain a consistent amount of B6 in your body, but not too much because it can cause nerve damage. I was also taking Unisom throughout the day but eventually was able to go down to only a night time dose.
I stayed hydrated.
I sipped ice-cold water out of an insulated water bottle all day. The water had to be super cold and I had to sip small amounts. If I let myself get thirsty and gulped water my stomach would make sure I was punished.
I’ve seen a lot of women recommend putting lemon or lime in water, saying that the added flavor helped them, but that just didn’t taste good to me. Sometimes mixing 50/50 Gatorade with water was a nice change of pace, but mostly I drank just water.
I ate on a schedule.
I know how gross this sounds when you’re feeling sick. I ate something every 1.5 to 2 hours and wow, it made a big difference. I had to try different types of food and found that a mix of high protein foods and carbs helped me feel better.
I got more sleep and rest.
If I didn’t get a good night’s rest then the next day was Queasy City all day. Other times, I’d get a good amount of sleep at night but suddenly feel sick in the late afternoon. I found that laying down on the couch for 15 minutes was all I needed to feel okay again.
I used Preggie Pop Drops.
When the morning sickness first hit, my friend gave me a container of sour fruit candies. They really helped me to fend off the sick feeling, but they left a yucky film on my teeth from the sugar and the acidity made my tongue feel burned.
I found Preggie Pop Drops on Amazon (not an affiliate link) and they helped a lot, without the funny feeling teeth or burned tongue. They are pretty big though, so I’d break them up a bit and eat smaller pieces sometimes.
I stopped eating greasy foods.
I craved greasy foods during my first trimester, but I read article after article that explained that greasy foods can make first trimester morning sickness and heartburn worse.
Sure enough, when I resisted my cravings and stuck to non-greasy, non-fried foods, I did feel quite a bit better.
I used essential oils in the shower and at work.
One day as I was sobbing and getting sick in the bathroom my husband started his own research on morning sickness and read that lemon essential oil can help.
I started by putting a few drops of lemon essential oil on the shower floor each night and as I’d inhale the steam from the shower, I’d also smell the refreshing lemon scent. This helped me a lot since the late evening seemed to be a time when my nausea would peak.
I also used a lavender essential oil roller at work. I worked with very loving but stinky-from-gym-class tweens in the afternoons. I’d put a dab of oil from the roller under my nose or on my wrists, and that helped me manage any smells I’d encounter.
Essential oils can impact your health and pregnancy, so it’s a good idea to talk with your doctor and/or an herbalist to understand which are best for you.
I researched the reasons for morning sickness.
Understanding why I was feeling horrible, and when it might end, really gave me hope. There are a lot of fact-filled articles about why women experience morning sickness. I managed to find two important facts that I clung to for hope: 1) morning sickness ends for most women around Week 16 and 2) one reason that morning sickness improves is that the placenta becomes fully developed and “kicks-in” to do its job in hormone creation and management.
Somehow, counting the days to Week 16 and begging my body to grow the placenta more quickly made me feel better. I could see an end in sight, even if it seemed soooo far away some days!
You will make it through this, my nauseous friend!
I hope that you find some help in the above suggestions. If you have other things that worked for you, please share them in the comments!