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Morning Sickness: It Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Morning Sickness: It Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

Morning Sickness:  It Isn't Just for Breakfast Anymore

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.


1. Eat

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 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.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, POPSUGAR.

Join The Conversation
PinkLibra PinkLibra 4 years
Omg, soo funny and true! I'm two months pregnant and feeling miserable! I can hardly keep anything down but for some reason Nerds (sour candy) puts my stomach to ease.
LaressaMarengere LaressaMarengere 6 years
I rarely used vitamins. Couldn't keep them down. And my babies are fine and intelligent too. 19 month old daughter can count to four. What you eat try to eat healthy. I had trouble eating anything. Only gained 12 pounds last time and 7 of them in the 3 weeks over Christmas...
MonicaWille MonicaWille 6 years
ugh Ilove this article it seems well put together, and ill admit i never tried the sour candies..however i did try just hard candies. But alas im one of the super cool few who not only had morning sickness that was so bad i was in and out of the emergency room every month...had to be given medication while in labor so i could get through the contractions without puking. I am positive tho that my next pregnancy will go praying anyways... none of these remedies helped me. I even tried those silly bracelets....oh well
DeDraFlowers DeDraFlowers 6 years
Well, I know eating definitely helps, but it's hard to eat when you're scared as all hell that it's gonna come back up.
AlyshaPhillips10355 AlyshaPhillips10355 6 years
It sux!i had it from 2 weeks till birth all day and night!approx vomiting 20x a was awful but it was worth it!
I kept crackers and ginger ale beside my bed and as soon as I awoke and sat up in bed I ate and it helped. Sometimes smells nice ones and horid made my stomach heave.
TristanRosko TristanRosko 6 years
there is absolutely nothing one can do about real pregnancy sickness. i vomited on average 6 times a day for the first 5 months, and then after that at least once or twice a day up until the day i gave birth. and when i wasn't physically throwing up, i was drooling into a cup. it had NOTHING to do with being hungry - it had to do with the smell of everything. everything i smelled (and believe me i could smell EVERY LITTLE THING!) made me sick. streets, shops, food, people: everything. meat, especially. the burger joint across from my work had me in tears every afternoon around 5 when they'd start sizzling dead animal for their $5 specials. and when i smelled things my pregnant body didn't like, i would vomit completely against my will - projectile style. so i would be walking up avenue A and be fine one moment, and the next be doubled over vomiting ont eh shoes of a homeless person because they waved their cigarette too close to my face. nothing helped. not food, not taking vitamins in powdered form, not bagels, not ginger tea, not sea bands, not acupuncture, not bananas, and not watermelon. NOTHING. sorry, but i think if you're suffering from pregnancy sickness you're just an unlucky person and there's really nothing you can do about it.
mellydixon mellydixon 6 years
I have been nauseas on ad off for almost a month now. The only food tha help in juicy fruits; watermelontc. cracrs do t work. I am especially sensitive to prenatal vitamins. ginger does not work all. Time for an intervention! going to bed in the wee hours does not help me function m 7-3 j either. Anyone have better tips than this article?
CoMMember13627105292175 CoMMember13627105292175 6 years
Whether I was naturally inclined or weather I 'ate anything that wasn't nailed diwn' (all day every day) I was one of those lucky beaches who sailed through pregnancy. In fact I often joke that I feel healthier pregnant than not pregnant because I am forced to give up all the (legal) toxins like caffeine and alcohol. eat people! EAT! This new age crap about staying slim and eating healthy while pregnant is just that (crap). After you deliver join Jenny Craig
CoMMember13625940818588 CoMMember13625940818588 6 years
I totally agree with all the above, but in 2 out of 3.. I had it for the entire 9 months. With my 3rd child, it became so severe, while vacationing in beautiful Maui, we had to cut out time short as I could not tolerate the heat and was vomitting so much, blood was coming up. I saw my doctor right away and she said I had lost 6 pounds within 2 weeks. Severely dehydrated, I was on bedrest and a prescription called Zofran or Ondasteron. The miracle drug that I wish they had told me about with my previous pregnancies. It worked amazingly and I thanked my doctor and lucky stars that I was able to enjoy the rest of my pregnancy.
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