Morning sickness, although I often wonder why it’s called that because it can last all day and night (I’ve been known to wake in the middle of the night to vomit) is just not fun. I hear some of you saying morning sickness = strong hormones = healthy pregnancy (and I swear I’m not rolling my eyes) that is a helpful mantra.
1. Eating something tiny every hour
A lot of Mommas feel more sick on an empty tummy. Pregnancy metabolism is fast. Many Mommas report vomiting an hour after eating and having nothing in their stomach. So keep a little something coming in frequently.
2. Ginger tea
No need to buy anything special. Just slice or grate fresh ginger root and steep it in boiling water. You can add lemon or apple for more flavor as well as your favorite sweetener: maple syrup, honey, liquid stevia, etc.
3. Lemon water
Not store-bought lemonade high in sugar. But rather, water with a generous amount of fresh lemon juice.
4. Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) and honey in a glass of water
First, not all vinegar is created equally. This is not the cheap plastic bottle you might find at Walmart. You want ACV that is alive not dead. Look for raw, organic, unpasteurized, unfiltered, and with the “Mother of vinegar” (this will look like goo floating around, it’s the beneficial microorganisms). Also, make sure your honey is raw.
1 Tbsp Raw Honey
4-8 oz glass of water
Mix these together and drink. *It’s important to drink this before you start feeling nauseous. So make it the first thing you do when you wake in the morning. Also, you can make several days worth in individual mason jars with lids.
5. Nux vomica
Nux Vomica is a homeopathic that helps with nausea. Not only is it very useful for morning sickness, it’s handy to have around when kids have a yucky tummy. Find it at your local health food store in the homeopathic section.
6. Acupressure wrist bands
These come in a variety of styles but they all have a small hard ball that you align to a pressure point in your wrist. You see them sold as sea bands or travel bands. You can find them at your local pharmacy or online and they range in price from $6 to $40.
7. Flavored ice cubes (lemon, ginger, coconut water, etc.)
Many Mommas have success with flavored ice cubes. You can suck on them or chew on them. However, if you find yourself craving ice, this could be a sign of Pica which in pregnancy can be associated with iron deficiency. If you’re craving ice, please contact your health care provided and have your iron levels checked.
8. Oral sex
This is the only one on the list I haven’t tried. A theory clearly proposed by a man actually has a little science behind it – science I will not be testing. Read the full article and test it for yourself (please report your results).
9. Don’t over heat
I’m from Florida so maybe it’s just me, but getting too hot is a huge trigger for morning sickness. So maybe change your 1pm run in the middle of July to a happy and cool indoor treadmill type event. Bring the umbrella and fan to the pool and no matter what stay hydrated.
10. Find a smell you like and smell it
Yes, this is an unusual tip. If you’ve been pregnant you know that you can smell better than a well trained drug dog. A few months ago I could tell my neighbor was doing laundry and my windows were closed! So find something you like (and that could change often) and fill your nose with it.
- your favorite essential oil in a defuser
- a 1/2 tsp of your favorite extract in boiling water (mmm vanilla)
- a candle
- an air freshener
- and my favorite a fresh lime cut in half near me (I even carried one around in labor the last time)
11. Reduce stress
Seems to be the answer to all our first world problems. But seriously, listen to your body and find your trigger (mine was when the kids got crazy). Then do your best to eliminate that trigger. May sound silly, but could be a great excuse to avoid talking to your Mother-in-law for a few months.
This is ginger root that has been dried then cooked in a simple syrup and coated in sugar. It’s chewy!
13. Hard candies
I saved the best for last! Currently I’m pregnant with baby number 5. I’ve tried everything on this list (except #8, people please). I’ve had various success at various times with each pregnancy. The one thing that has worked best for me was sucking on a hard candy.
- ginger hard candies
- lemon hard candies
- peppermint hard candies
- sour hard candies – all types
14. Preggie pops