I know, I know. I’ve blogged about morning sickness before. But it is a HUGE nuisance that many women face during their pregnancy. And, when you can’t pull your head away from the toilet, it may be very difficult to understand how this could ever be “the most beautiful time in your life”. So, below is a list of the top 5 ways real-actual-pregnant-women (with no hidden agendas) have been successful in conquering this battle. This is not certified medical data, and should not be taken as such, it is just a compilation of things that have worked.
1. I have advised many clients to keep crackers and a glass of water next to their beds. And, I advise them to eat a few and drink a bit of water BEFORE THEIR FEET HIT THE FLOOR when they wake up in the morning. Sorry for the caps, it seems a bit yell-y, but that is the most important part.
2. The next piece of advice is to take your prenatal vitamins right before falling asleep. Coming from a woman who has taken prenatal vitamins for the past three years, I know they can be a little rough on the stomach even when you’re not pregnant. So, I advise to eat a light snack high in protein (such as almonds) right before your pre-bed routine. Once settled in bed and slightly sleepy, I advise to sit up and take your vitamins with enough water to make the pill go down nice and easy (but not enough to keep you up the whole night).
3. Ginger. Ginger ale, ginger altoids, ginger syrup, ground ginger, ginger popsicles (recipe here!), etc. Some women can’t stand the smell/taste, and for other this is a wonder cure.
4. Changing eating patterns. The key for many women to avoid feeling queasy is to eat many small meals rather than the traditional three square meals a day. Many women tend to feel sick when they are hungry, so eating many small meals and/or healthy snacks seems to keep the vomit at bay. Staying hydrated is helpful, too (and extremely important!).
5. Drugs. I know that every woman would prefer to have a drug-free pregnancy, but if nothing is working, and you are losing weight, it’s time to talk to your doctor. Keeping your baby healthy is the main goal, and if Zofran (probably the most popular prescribed “morning sickness drug”) or something of the like is the only thing that will help, then it is something that should really be considered. Many women try to suffer through HG (hyperemesis gravidarum) because they feel like it’s “just a normal part of pregnancy” and don’t realize the damage it can do.
So, there you have it. The top 5 ways to combat morning sickness that I have come across. Did something else work for you? Please leave your suggestion in the comments to help the mom-to-be community!