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How to cope with morning sickness

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I should start by saying using these tips for coping with morning sickness weren’t a cure for me, I still felt pretty vile every day up until about 26 weeks of pregnancy but by using these few coping mechanisms I just about managed to function! My morning sickness started from I was about 5 weeks pregnant. As I had been trying to get pregnant for a few months I had done a pregnancy test as early as possible so I knew I was pregnant right from about 3-4 weeks. To begin with I found it an odd knowing I was pregnant because a plastic pee stick had told me so without having any other signs of pregnancy and having to wait weeks before I could get a scan. As a result the first day that I began to feel nauseated I felt a bit relieved that this was another sign that there was definitely something going on in there. In fact my husband suggested that maybe I was just imagining the nausea because I wanted to feel pregnant, he soon changed his mind when he didn’t have to imagine the puking at all hours of day and night! Which brings me to my next point that morning sickness is a very misleading name as I got no relief from it at any time of day!

Eat little and often

The first tip I learnt was to never let your stomach get totally empty. This can be quite difficult when nothing seems to stay down! I tried to eat little and often even if it was just nibbling on a plain biscuit or cracker. I kept a packet of ginger biscuits by my bed so if I woke in the middle of the night I could take a few bites and when I woke in the morning I would have to take another few bites before I could even get out of bed.

Keep hydrated

Keeping hydrated is very important. Again this is easier said than done if you are throwing up umpteen times a day but I went for the little and often approach here too. I had a bottle of water beside me everywhere I went and just kept sipping slowly.

Rest

Learning to rest is also very important. To begin with I felt that I had to keep pushing myself. I don’t know whether it was my imagination but I seemed to get the opinion that people think of morning sickness as ‘just one of those things’ as in woman have been pregnant since the beginning of time and felt sick but life goes on. I know everyone experiences morning sickness differently but sometimes you just need to stop and say I actually need to take time and rest. It didn’t help that on my first visit to the doctor the very first words he said were ‘pregnancy isn’t an illness and we don’t want to turn it into one’! At this point my morning sickness hadn’t kicked in so I was a bit taken aback as obviously I hadn’t said anything about being sick and I wasn’t the type of person to visit the doctor too often so there couldn’t have been a hypochondriac warning written in my notes! When my sickness really began to kick in though I would have Ioved that same doctor to call round to see me with my head stuck down the toilet and reassess his views on pregnancy then!

Acupressure wrist bands

I wore an acupressure wrist band right though pregnancy. I found that they did seem to ease the nausea as the odd day that I forgot to put them on I would have felt worse and then realised I was missing my new fashion accessory!

Keep a diary

Try to keep track of what you have eaten or when you feel worst as I definitely was able to see a pattern in eating certain things or different times of day when I felt worse. At the start of pregnancy I had a real craving for chips but soon found out greasy food wasn’t going to work! Another day I was feeling slightly better and was fed up eating bland food so tried a bit of my husband’s chicken korma but it didn’t taste so great coming up as it had going down so that was spicy foods written off for a few months! It is trial and error and everyone will have all sorts of weird and wonderful suggestions of what cured their morning sickness but it is just a matter of seeing what works for you and learning what your stomach is going to reject!

Medication

If all else fails don’t be afraid to ask the doctor for medication. To begin with I was very against the idea of taking any anti sickness medication. Most people I talked to assured me that once I hit the 12 week mark the sickness would magically disappear so I felt I could hold out until then but by the time week 16 had arrived and there was still no end in sight I had to admit defeat. I had been put off the idea of going to the doctor due to the reaction of the first doctor that pregnancy wasn’t an illness. Also on any of my midwife visits she had just run through a check list of symptoms with me and when she asked about nausea and vomiting and I explained that it had been all day every day for weeks on end she just merrily ticked the box and moved onto the next question. This gave me the impression that she must have thought I should have been able to cope without any medication. I am not saying that at the first sign of nausea we should all be popping the pills but don’t put off discussing the option of medication with your doctor. I was on anti sickness tablets between 16 and 26 weeks, I tried to take the smallest dose that kept the nausea under control and afterwards gave birth to a healthy baby boy who doesn’t seem any the worse for it.

Emergency sick pack

My final tip is to bring an emergency pack with you wherever you go with a change of top and a toothbrush and paste or mouthwash just in case you get caught out sometime and need to freshen up!

I know I haven’t painted pregnancy in the best light in this post and won’t lie when I say that the sickness was horrific. Having said that I just loved feeling my baby growing inside me and I definitely wouldn’t let it put me doing it all over again because as I look as my son now I can easily say it was all worth it!

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41 thoughts on “How to cope with morning sickness”

  1. These are some good tips, especially keeping hydrated and eating little and often. I think it is important to remember to see a medical professional if the sickness is excessive. I was extremely poorly with it in my first pregnancy and would have pushed to see a doctor for a second opinion had I known it was unusual, so the keeping a diary idea is a very good idea.

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  2. I never had morning sickness (knock on wood). But these seem like they would be great tips! I have heard great things about the sea sick bands.

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  3. 100% with you! My first pregnancy I was snacking a lot and throwing up a lot but then I felt better on and off. And it was mostly at night, “morning” sickness HA! With all the throwing up, I was worried that something would be wrong with my child because I wasn’t holding anything in- he’s 3 years perfect! My second pregnancy I was nauseous 24/7, I knew I needed to eat to feel better but it was hard to look at food or smell it. But the ginger cookies helped me too. I had the prescription for the pills but never had the courage to try them, I probably would if I got pregnant again. And I’d love to try that wristband!

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  4. Great post. I suffered with hyperemisis gravidurum and was hospitalised and put on a drip as the vomiting was so horrendous could even keep my own saliva down. I wore sea bands through my pregnancy and think they helped a little and tried lots of sickness tablets but eventually ondasteron worked the best for me. I’d have to really consider ever having another baby now. Even the word ginger gives me shivers now!!

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    1. Aw that sounds awful. Thankfully cyclizine worked for me and managed to take the edge off the nausea enough so I could keep a bit of food and water down but lost so much weight I was 2 stone lighter after pregnancy than before! I would love another baby but not sure how I would cope with the sickness while looking after a boisterous toddler!

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  5. Morning sickness is no fun! I had it a little with my oldest son, but found the seabands and eating small amounts helped a lot. With my second son, I had to go on medication for it, but I think it’s also because I was running around after a crazy toddler at the same time!

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    1. That is what I imagine it will be like for me if I fall pregnant again. At least my first pregnancy I only had myself to think about so could lie down if I needed to!

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  6. These tips sound useful and easy to follow. I have never been pregnant so I can only imagine the morning sickness, but years ago I suffered from vertigo. Eating something light in the morning I remember helping me.

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  7. These are really great tips. I remember in first pregnancy there was no solving the sickness. Literally NOTHING would work. It was awful. But second time it was slightly more bearable. Little and often was the key for me, an empty stomach was indeed the worst thing to let happen… and as bland as possible.

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  8. Oh no! Poor you. I get really bad nausea from Endometriosis and one things that really helps me is boiling fresh ginger for 10 or so minutes and drinking that as tea. I know you mentioned the ginger biscuits, but maybe that’s on to try in future!

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  9. I am so lucky to never have had to endure morning sickness but my neighbour is pregnant and suffers with it terribly I feel so bad for her doing the school run while feeling that way but she still powers through. Some really useful tips here!

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  10. Ive never been pregnant, at least not yet, but I do experience nausea and dizziness sometimes which is never really a good combo to begin with :/ great tips here to manage morning sickness better

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  11. These are all really great tips, especially keeping a packet of biscuits next to the bed (I had plain crackers on my bedside table!). I was never sick in either of my pregnancies but I felt soo ill for months, sometimes I wished I could just be sick so the nauseous feeling would pass. I definitely agree with you about medication, if you feel like you need it then there’s nothing wrong with speaking to your doctor and getting the help you need xx

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