There is nothing less fun about pregnancy than the morning sickness.
I honestly didn’t expect it to hit me like it did when I was pregnant with my first child; none of my friends had awful morning sickness.
In fact, most of their recommendations to cure it involved cucumbers and grapes … well a prescription for Zofran and Diclegis later, and I was still sick as a dog. So before I forget, or for when I forget, or ever for that mom who is about to puke and can’t come with an idea for relief … here are few ideas from mamas who have suffered through that lovely thing we call morning sickness.
- Vicks Vapor Rub – I put in in my nose and even covered a tissue with it. This could block smells well enough that I was less likely to gag.
- Vinegar/Pickle Juice – there was a point where I had to take a swig of pickle juice before taking my nausea meds just to get them down without throwing them back up. Something about the vinegar made my throat clench up and I wouldn’t puke. On that same note, I ate a lot of carrots with apple cider vinegar and lemon pepper on them. Sour helped for some odd reason.
- Sea Bands – they help with all forms of nausea.
- The oldie but goodie, Unisom and B6 method.
- Have a snack on hand at all time, our contributor Amy carried around a bag of Goldfish crackers and a tumbler with a combo of water, Sonic ice, and Sprite. (side note, I hate ice but ate my weight in Sonic ice while pregnant)
- Turn the lights down! – Amy also worked with her lights off to decrease her nausea.
- Morning Sickness Oil from Aromatic Infusions was our writer Carlie’s favorite!
- Crackers, crackers, crackers … and ginger ale & ice – are what both contributors Casey & Amelia swear by.
- Our very own Anne Elise kept saltines by her bedside to ward off the sickness. She also said she couldn’t live without Chick-fil-A lemonade and nuggets.
- Baked Potatoes & Angel Food Smoothies from Smoothie King – Anne Elise hit the nail on the head here. I remember my potato phase very clearly.
- Carbs in the morning, carbs at lunch, carbs at night … Rebecca was feeling the post theme … I think we all ate all the carbs.
- Jolly Ranchers are another great morning sickness trick, Christy and Sarah both used them. I actually had a girlfriend use these when she was pregnant. I know I preferred them over other pregnancy candy.
- Ginger chews – I think I found them at World Market.
- Magnesium, supplements or oil. Just be sure to steer clear of the harsher types that can have laxative effects.
- Zofran and Diclegis could be your best friends, and if you are sick enough I’ve heard you can get nausea meds in suppository form.
- Last but not least, do your best to stay hydrated and sleep as much as possible. Sometimes the only thing that would make me stop throwing up was to not be awake.
While writing this and trying to remember how I survived my first pregnancy, I found a great website with a 3 part morning sickness blog post. She had some great ideas that I’ll link below.
Do you have any tips to help combat morning sickness we should add to this list?