After enjoying those first days and maybe weeks of a new pregnancy, it strikes without warning: the dreaded morning sickness. At first it might even be welcome, as in, “Yay! I’m pregnant! My hormones are doing something!” But when those days of feeling hungover and nauseated turn into weeks, you just want it to be over. In fact, there almost comes a point when you don’t remember what it feels like to feel normal and you wonder if you’ve always felt this mildly hungover 24/7. But it passes (for most) and you forget just as quickly as it hit you. If you’re in the throes of morning sickness, try a few of these Fit Bottomed Mamas-tested “remedies.” They may not be a cure-all, but they’ve helped a few of us survive the first trimester!
11 Tricks to Ease Morning Sickness
1. Eat something immediately. First thing in the morning is the roughest time for a lot of mamas, even if you continue feeling totally miserable all throughout the rest of the day. Have something to munch on first thing — before you even get out of bed if necessary.
2. Crackers. Saltines are many expecting moms’ BFF — the dry, saltiness can go a long way to ease the quease, and oftentimes Erin could stomach saltines when nothing else sounded appealing (particularly first thing in the morning).
3. Gum and hard candy. When morning sickness appears in the form of a gross taste in your mouth all day, every day, be sure you have gum, hard candy and mints on hand to help you out.
4. Get minty. Brush those teeth! It helps with the bad taste in your mouth, and if you’re sucking on a lot of candies or mints, you’re going to want to make sure you’re brushing frequently, too.
5. Hydrate. Hey, water may make you gag, but you’ve gotta stay hydrated. Hit up the tea, add water to lemons — do what you can to keep fluids going. Hydration helps everything be more tolerable.
6. Avoid triggers. You’ll find that the same things turn your stomach over and over, whether it’s a certain smell, a certain food or a specific chore (like taking out the garbage or cleaning the kitchen strainer). A sippy cup full of milk may be all it takes to have you heaving, so avoid your specific triggers as much as possible until you recover. This is the perfect time to enlist the hubby for gross jobs like cleaning out the fridge or changing dirty diapers.
7. Eat frequently. Don’t let your stomach get too empty as that triggers the nausea quickly, so eat something every couple of hours, even if it’s just a couple of crackers.
8. Eat what sounds good. Don’t give yourself a hard time if you’re living on bread, saltines or hot dogs. You’ll get past the queasy stage and once again be able to enjoy vegetables and fruits, so don’t give yourself a hard time if you’re eating like a teenage boy for awhile.
9. Get some fresh air. While you may not feel like moving off the couch an inch, going outside for a short walk or even to feel the sunshine on your face can make you feel much better. Also, try to stay as cool as you can. Getting too hot can make morning sickness worse.
10. Try ginger. Whether it’s with ginger chews or ginger tea, all things ginger can help settle the stomach.
11. Talk to your doc about B6. There’s research suggesting that taking B6 can help ease morning sickness. Talk to your doctor or health professional to see if it’s right for you!
What tricks did you use to survive the first trimester and glorious morning sickness? —Erin & Jenn