First off, the term morning sickness is a lie. It’s a lie, I tell ya! Nowhere is it written that a pregnant woman who suffers from morning sickness will assuredly find relief by noon. Oh no. It doesn’t work that way. Morning sickness can happen in the morning, at lunch, in the afternoon, before dinner, during dinner, after dinner, in the middle of the night, pretty much any time, as Brittany B. will tell you. Granted, for most women who experience morning sickness, it is worse in the morning. After going all night without eating, those women prone to morning sickness will usually feel nauseous upon waking.
That brings me to another point. Not all pregnant women will experience morning sickness. To the women who glide through pregnancy without so much as a hint of indigestion, we hope you have a colossally painful delivery how very fortunate for you.
So how do you deal with morning sickness? Usually you just have to wait it out for three months, at which point morning sickness passes for most women (unless you’re extraordinarily lucky and it sticks around for the whole nine months). But I’ve a few things to help while you’re waiting, thinking happy thoughts, and trying not to vomit into your purse while at the grocery store.
Well duh. I don’t know about anyone else, but I pretty much ate anything that wasn’t nailed down when I was pregnant. Especially if it included whipped cream. For me and most of my friends, eating usually helped with our morning sickness. As long as we had something in our stomachs (even just a couple crackers), we felt okay. As soon as our stomachs were empty, the nausea returned.
This is my number one piece of advice about morning sickness. Don’t let yourself get too hungry, or you’ll find yourself pulling over to the side of the road on your way to work so you can dry heave out the window. Eat little bits all day. Oh, and eat whatever sounds and smells good to you. Don’t force yourself to eat fish and Brussels sprouts because you think it’s healthy. Nobody likes Brussels sprouts anyway. People in Brussels don’t even like them. They look like little green brains. And it doesn’t do you or your baby any good if it ends up in the toilet before it’s been digested. If the only thing that sounds good is cereal or a peanut butter and banana sandwich, then eat that. And keep in mind what foods don’t taste too horrible the second time around as they sometimes come back up. (You might want to avoid big, greasy cheeseburgers. Just sayin’.)
2. Sour Candy
Another I found to help with the sudden onset of morning sickness was sour candy. There was something about those sour Altoids that helped soothe my queasy tummy. Maybe it wasn’t even the sourness of the candy; perhaps any hard candy would’ve done the trick. Try sucking on sour hard candy or lollipops and see if that helps to keep your waffles down.
3. Drink Tea with Ginger
Supposedly, ginger has some magical stomach-calming properties. My friends swear that ginger tea helped settle their tummies. It didn’t work for me, however. I guess I found the warmth of the tea soothing, but let me tell ya, when a whole cup of tea, ginger or otherwise, comes back up on you, it is not pleasant. Still, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
4. Take Your Prenatal Vitamin at Night
If taking your prenatal vitamin makes you gag (and it will because it’s the size of Utah) or makes you feel more nauseous, try taking it at night before you go to bed.
5. Allow More Time to Brush Your Teeth
If brushing your teeth makes you gag, well, you’re out of luck. You can’t go three months without brushing your teeth, so you have to find a way to tolerate it. Maybe switching toothpastes will help. My friend Jen and I decided we just needed to allow ourselves more time to brush so we could brush, gag, brush, gag, brush, throw up, start all over again. . . . There were some days when I just couldn’t force myself to brush my teeth at all. That’s what gum is for. Shhh, it’s our little secret.
Just remember that morning sickness usually only lasts about three months. And then you’ll be able to hang it over your child’s head when he or she is a teenager and lies to you about completing homework. “I threw up every day when I was pregnant with you and this is the thanks I get?”
Author and award-winning mommy blogger Dawn Meehan is the creator of the popular and hilarious BecauseISaidSo.com. Laugh your way through your pregnancy with Meehan’s humorous new book: You’ll Lose the Baby Weight (and OTHER LIES about pregnancy and childbirth.
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