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Experiencing morning sickness and pregnancy nausea? Here are some remedies that can alleviate your morning sickness and help you feel (a little) better!
Having morning sickness when you’re pregnant is the worst! The excitement from the positive pregnancy test is quickly overshadowed by the unsettling feeling in your stomach.
And it doesn’t always happen in the morning. Morning sickness is just a term for nausea during pregnancy, no matter what time of day it hits.
Many women get sick in the morning, but some experience evening sickness, or even nausea throughout the day. When I was pregnant with Evelyn, I got sick around 5 pm every single day up until about 16 weeks. I could set a clock by when my nausea struck!
This post is for informational and entertainment purposes only and should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult your own doctor, or applicable professional, if you have questions or concerns.
Getting your pregnancy nausea under control is one of the first things to focus on when you find out you’re pregnant. Read on to see how to help relieve that unsettling stomach.
When Does Morning Sickness Stop?
Every person will experience morning sickness and relief from morning sickness at different times. For many people, morning sickness begins around 6 weeks and starts to get better when they hit the 12 week-mark.
Some people experience Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG), which is severe nausea and vomiting that can cause weight loss and dehydration. If you think you have HG talk with your doctor, as it can lead to complications in pregnancy.
Up to 80% of pregnant women experience some type of morning sickness. But having morning sickness doesn’t mean you have to trudge through your first trimester with an upset stomach the whole time.
I know it SUCKS! Trust me, I’ve been there! But, you will get through this. You will stomach normal foods again without fear of them coming back up. In the meantime, here are some morning sickness remedies that will hopefully help tame your tummy trouble!
Morning Sickness Remedies
Eat breakfast in bed
You probably aren’t used to eating breakfast as soon as you wake up, but doing so might help with your morning sickness. An empty stomach and low blood sugar can make your nausea worse first thing in the morning. Keep a stash of crackers or granola bars on your nightstand and nibble them down before starting your day.
Chew hard or sour candies
Sucking on hard candies and lollipops can help calm nausea. I would suck on lemon drops every night when my nausea was really bad. Others swear by Preggie Pops or chewing sour candies like Sour Patch Kids. Hey, it can’t hurt to try!
Plan your Prenatal
Avoid taking your prenatal vitamins on an empty stomach. Try taking it at night right before bed or with your dinner. If you still feel nauseated after taking your prenatal vitamin in the evening, talk with your doctor about switching to a different prenatal. Sometimes the iron in them can worsen nausea symptoms.
Ginger is a popular nausea relief remedy and comes in many forms. You can try sipping ginger ale or ginger tea, snacking on candied ginger and ginger cookies, or sucking on ginger candies and ginger drops for relief.
Snacking frequently—even when you don’t feel like it—can help reduce your nausea. Eat several small meals throughout the day so you don’t get too hungry or too full. Aim to eat every two to three hours. After constantly getting sick, I started carrying snacks with me in the car and in my purse. Easy-to-pack snacks include crackers, nuts, pretzels, bars, and fruit. Packing snacks all the time means you’ll be even more prepared for mom life!
Studies have shown that taking Vitamin B6 can help reduce nausea in pregnant women. Taking 10 to 25 mg of Vitamin B6 three times a day could help alleviate morning sickness. You can also get Vitamin B6 from foods like chickpeas, chicken breast, potatoes, and bananas.
Avoid strong smells
Certain smells can provoke nausea. Avoid strong smells like cigarette smoke (not good for baby anyway), perfumes, and certain foods. The smell of poultry used to send me running to the toilet, so I let my husband take the cooking reigns while I was in my first trimester. Some women carry a small jar of Vick’s Vapor Rub around with them and put a tiny dollop under their nose to avoid smelling anything else!
Try to find distractions
Whenever I was home alone in that first trimester, morning sickness seemed to be at its peak. Whenever we had somewhere to go or something to do, I almost always got lost in the fun of the activity and forgot about my nausea. This won’t help all the time but when you have that constant, unsettling nausea without vomiting, try to get out and do something.
Wear A Sea Band
Many people use these bands to help with motion sickness, so why couldn’t they work for pregnancy sickness too? The bands pinpoint a pressure point that is known to help relieve nausea symptoms and use acupressure on it. It’s a drug-free option that can be reused again and again and some women swear by them!
Sucking on hard peppermints or chewing peppermint gum can be a remedy for morning sickness. Grab a bag and pop one in when you feel nausea coming on! Some women find relief from smelling peppermint oil through a diffuser. Peppermint oil is verrryyy strong, so sniff wisely and don’t apply to your skin!
Eat what you can
If the idea of nibbling down protein or vegetables makes you want to hurl, then don’t force it. Just eat what you can. You know what your body can handle right now. I ate an entire loaf of french bread for dinner once when I was pregnant—it was all I could stomach that night! For some woman, that might mean eating bland foods, and for others, it may mean fast food. Do what you gotta do!
What were some of the remedies that helped with your morning sickness?