You’re elated about the news of being pregnant, but since it’s early you’re trying to keep it a secret! But how do you do that when you’re struggling with morning sickness? Especially if you have other responsibilities like a career, school, or other kids to care for? In this post we’re going to give you 10 practical solutions to coping with morning sickness- which can actually be “all-darn-day-sickness”.
- Tell someone you trust about your pregnancy: maybe a close friend, your mom, your sister, or a trusted co-worker. You’ll want at least one person besides your partner to know what you’re going through- even just to lend a listening ear. Although it may be small circle in the early weeks, a support system at this time is a must!
- Let your provider know about your nausea; and don’t sugarcoat it. Many women experience morning sickness as early as that first positive pregnancy test around 4 weeks; but most providers don’t see you until you are 8-10 weeks gestation. That’s a long time to be waiting- and especially if you’re miserable! Oftentimes your provider can suggest remedies, or call in a prescription for you based on the severity of your symptoms.
- Diclegis: FDA approved delayed-release tablet taken for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Pregnancy Category A: safe to use. *tip: try taking a vitamin B6 and a unisom (essentially the main ingredients that make up diclegis). Talk to your provider about this option! *Be sure to check with insurance on coverage of this medication; price can vary greatly.
- Zofran: used for nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. Pregnancy Category B: animal studies show no risks, but there are no well-controlled studies on pregnant women. Talk to your provider about the pro’s and con’s of this option.
- Eat through the nausea and vomiting– it won’t stop it, but it will considerably help you manage it. I’m sure you’re thinking, but whyyy?? The last thing on your mind after vomiting is food, I know. But by keeping yourself packed with nutrients, your body will remain strong and hopefully in turn your mindset. You’re going to need that energy. Choose foods that sound good first- then try to eat something packed with nutrients. Smoothies are a great way to sneak in vegetables since you can hide the taste and texture. However, don’t force yourself to eat something “healthy” if you can’t keep it down. Stick to foods that will stay down; and make up for it later on in your pregnancy.
- Eat small meals throughout the day; avoid overeating when feeling “good”. Many women who experience nausea and vomiting in pregnancy will have periods throughout the day where food sounds good. Make sure to have nutritious food on hand for these occasions; but be cautious- don’t over do it. A “too-full” tummy can trigger that nausea to come right back with a vengeance.
- Enlist in help from your support circle. Ask for meals so that you don’t have to cook for your family- odors can trigger nausea and oftentimes morning sickness and food aversions go hand in hand. If this makes you uncomfortable, consider asking a friend to pick up groceries for you. Send them with cash- likely they will be going for themselves anyways. They can pick up the essentials and you can avoid the grocery store which might have a plethora of nausea triggers. If you have other kids, consider asking for babysitting help on extra hard days so that you can nap, or just lie on your couch. You are in survival mode! This care package has a range of savory and sweet snacks that may be good to have on hand for on the go.
- Open windows, and turn on the stove fan when cooking. Odors are a common trigger for NVP (nausea & vomiting in pregnancy); so eat outside when possible, and create a breeze in your home while cooking. This article explains why hypersensitivity to smells in pregnancy can actually be a good thing.
- Avoid drinking fluids during, before, or immediately after a meal. This can upset your stomach and trigger nausea. *tip: sip small amount of fluid frequently during the day to avoid dehydration.
- Incorporate lemon or ginger. Sniff a lemon slice, diffuse lemon or ginger, drink lemon-ginger tea, suck on ginger candy or lemon drops, you name it. Peppermint can also be soothing for the stomach, try peppermint tea; but go mild at first since the odor is strong.
- Avoid overheating. Heat often triggers nausea. Use an extra fan in the summer months, open windows, and let the fresh air in.
- Sleep when you can. Oftentimes the best advice is to just sleep through it. Fatigue can also be a trigger, so use that excuse to get in an extra cat nap in the day if you can. Not only is the first trimester notorious for NVP, but fatigue is at an all time high- I mean you’re growing a baby AND the placenta! Geeze! If you can’t take a nap, get to bed early. You’ll be surprised at what a good night’s sleep can do.
We hope these tips help you endure that awful first trimester nausea, and if you’re one of the unlucky ones who gets it all pregnancy long- our sympathies are with you- you are one tough mama! What have you done to help relieve nausea in your pregnancy? Comment below!