Tips for Coping with Morning Sickness: the Good, the Gross and the Ugly

If you have stumbled upon this post because you are suffering from morning sickness, I am so very sorry. The good news is, I’ve never heard of a woman having morning sickness after giving birth, so there is an end in sight! 😉

First of all, it’s total B.S. that it’s called MORNING sickness. That sh*t plagued me all day. Every day. For four months.

During my first pregnancy, I LOST TEN POUNDS during the first trimester. My crippling nausea meant a small appetite and terrible food aversions. I couldn’t open the fridge or cook anything without running to the bathroom. I hated the people near me at work who decided to eat lunch at their desks.

Thankfully, it did start to dissipate around week 16 of my first pregnancy and around week 20 the second. Things went back to normal (as normal as they can be for pregnancy, anyway).

I’m not here to tell you I have found the magic fix for morning sickness, but there are some things I found helped me tremendously.

To reduce nausea:

Eat when you first wake up, even if you aren’t hungry. (you probably won’t be if you feel like puking!). For me, the nausea was always a little less terrible when there was something in my stomach. And I was better off if it was something carby like toast.

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Take your prenatal vitamins with a meal. I also found the gummy vitamins to be more tolerable. Plus they made me feel like a kid again, which is always fun.

donut-eating-face-799255Find foods you can tolerate. I had an overwhelming food aversion to meat. Which was very odd for me, considering my dad used to lovingly call me a “meat-a-tarian” when I was a kid. I found myself craving black beans and eggs. So you know what I ate on a daily basis? Black beans and eggs. Not together – that’s a little weird. My point is: Eat what you can. Your baby wants you to eat. It’s okay if it’s not a green kale smoothie. If chicken nuggets are the only thing you can eat and keep down, eat them!

Eat small snacks throughout the day. The idea here is to keep something in your stomach. Bonus if you can mix a complex carb and a protein (ex: apple slices and peanut butter) which will keep your blood sugar levels more constant and make you feel better overall.

Chew gum or suck on hard candies. If I could mask the sour stomach acid taste (I’m sorry, but it’s true) with something it seemed to really calm the nausea. I found sour candies worked the best. It must have tricked my mind into thinking the sour taste was from the candy. Try warheads! I also lived on lemonade from Chic-Fil-A.

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A few more (unfortunate) tips:

Keep a towel by the toilet, especially if this isn’t your first pregnancy. This was embarrassing but oh so very important for me during my second pregnancy. Guess what? This wonderful thing happens when you push a big baby out of your body. Things get all stretched out down there and sometimes that means you will now pee yourself when you sneeze, cough, run, jump on trampolines, etc. This list, I found, also includes puking your guts out from morning sickness. To avoid changing your pants and/or washing your floor on the daily, keep a lovely pee towel next to the toilet and practice the art of pulling down your pants quickly while running to the bathroom.

Take care of your teeth.  I recently went to the dentist and my hygienist told me that morning sickness can be really hard on your teeth, even if you are just burping and not vomiting. He is quite the chatty Cathy, but in between breaths he recommended I use a fluoride rinse which can help “remineralize” teeth.

On that note, Go easy when brushing your teeth! The gag reflex is real. My husband learned to be on call when I was brushing my teeth because he was pretty good at distracting me with funny stories. It worked about 50% of the time.

If all else fails, try your best to power through and remember at least you get a cute baby out of all this!

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