Morning sickness is very common in pregnancy. It usually starts around the 6th week and lasts until about the 12th week. Do not let the name fool you, “morning” sickness can happen at any time, day or night. They seriously should consider changing its’ name, it is very misleading. Morning sickness can last all day for some women, and for those unlucky few, it can even hang around their entire pregnancy.
There is actually something called HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM, also referred to as HG, that affects about 2% of women. Hyperemesis is morning sickness times 100. I was extremely unfortunate and had HG with not one but yes all FOUR of my pregnancies. It was the worst while I was pregnant with my second child. I was hospitalized. I had a feeding tube, a nurse who came to my house everyday, and to top it all off, I had to give myself daily injections of anti-nausea medicine. You MAY have HG if you vomit all day, are unable to keep ANYTHING down (including liquids), and have lost a substantial amount of weight. If you have these issues, you should see your doctor. Anyway, if anyone knows how to beat morning sickness, it is me. Now, let me share my wisdom with you..
Eat something before you even get out of bed – Be sure to get some kind of food in your system while you are still in bed. It is important that you absorb some of the acid in your stomach. Stomach acid will cause nausea. Have crackers and something to sip on ready. Try a few saltines and some Gatorade or Ginger Ale.
Do NOT, I repeat do NOT let your stomach get empty- I can not stress this enough. I understand that when you are nauseated and vomiting, the last thing you want to do is eat something. Trust me, keeping something in your stomach is a crucial key to fighting morning sickness. You should try to eat every hour, at the very least. Small meals and snacks are ideal.
Even if you vomit, force yourself to eat after- Whenever you have a vomiting fit, munch on some crackers after. Take your time. Even if it takes you ten minutes to eat one cracker, if you keep it down, you are making progress. Get that cracker in your belly! Remember: Never allow your stomach to be empty.
Eat bland foods, eat slowly, focus on keeping your food down- crackers, toast (dry or with peanut butter for protein), granola bars, cereal/oatmeal, scrambled eggs, pasta (without sauce), rice, baked or steamed chicken, light soups or broth. Don’t overeat, eat what you can. Small meals!
Stay away from certain foods- Try not to eat high acidic foods, greasy foods, or spicy foods, they can cause heartburn. Heartburn makes nausea much worse. If you do experience heartburn, you can try Tums. They are safe during pregnancy, and they worked for me. I should also note here, eat sweets sparingly. Sometimes sweets can bring on nausea.
Drink Gatorade or sip on Ginger Ale- It is very important that you keep yourself as hydrated as possible. If you dehydrate, you will end up in the hospital getting IV fluids. My secret weapon was Gatorade. Not only does Gatorade replace lost electrolytes and carbs, it also taste the same coming up as it does going down. Believe me, I know. When you are vomiting all day this can be a godsend.
Ginger is your friend- It just so happens, ginger is a natural remedy for nausea. Ginger candies, ginger snaps, ginger ale, and ginger tea.
“Sea-Bands”- These little miracle workers can be found at just about any drug store. Basically, they are bands worn on your wrists that apply pressure in order to help reduce nausea brought on by motion or morning sickness.
Eat a snack and take your prenatal vitamin before bed- Prenatal vitamins are known for causing nausea and even vomiting. If you take them with a snack before bed, it will help you with keeping them down. If you are still throwing your vitamin up, ask your doctor if you could switch to the Flintstone Gummies. That is what I had to do. Any vitamin is better than no vitamin.
Ask your doc for a prescription- If nothing is working for you, and you can not function, see your doctor. There are medicines your doctor can prescribe that will help.