Friday, August 24, 2012

Living with Morning Sickness

There is no denying it. Aside from fatigue, morning sickness (or 24/7 sickness in my case) is the worst part of pregnancy. I unfortunately have had it now with all four pregnancies. With my first pregnancy, it lasted for 7 months. With the middle two, it was gone after the first trimester. I'm reaching the end of my first trimester with this pregnancy and am praying it will go away, but we shall see!!!! So, needless to say, I have tried almost every remedy out there. Some have worked, some haven't, and I've found some of my own. Hope some of these help y'all!!!!

1. Snacks- I have tried everything in the book from plain saltines to fruits. But I always find myself snacking on crackers. My two favorites are the Mini Multi-Grain Club crackers and good ol' Goldfish. I read you should keep them by your bed so if you wake up in the night you can eat a few to keep something on your stomach so it isn't as severe in the morning. I tried that a couple of times and didn't really see a difference. Maybe you would?

2. Hard Candy- It has really helped me maintain my nausea by having hard candy handy. Anything from peppermints to Jolly Ranchers work, but my favorites are the Preggie Pop Drops & Country Lemonade Hard Candies (which I've only seen at Costco). Between these two, card rides are a LOT easier!

3. Breakfast- In my experience with morning sickness, it hasn't just been the morning, it is all day, but the mornings have been the worst! You know that you need to eat something, but nothing sounds good. The breakfast options I've turned to are toast with cinnamon sugar & light butter, oatmeal, and the best.. Maple & Brown Sugar Malt-O-Meal with a little bit of half-and-half and honey. Not sure why, but this is the one thing I can count on staying down. 

4. Drinks- The golden rule of pregnancy is to drink more water than you've ever consumed. Well, I don't like water. I know, sounds weird, but I have never cared to drink a lot of it.  That makes it really difficult when you don't feel good. So, for those times where I need a little more "flavor," these are my go-to's: Ginger Ale, MetroMint water and Tazo Decaf Chai tea with some honey. The MetroMint water  has been my bestfriend since I don't care for water. It adds just a splash of mint to help soothe my stomach and tastes better than regular water to me! I would say, if you try these, make sure you take a couple of drinks before you judge. It's not the kind of thing you can sip on and love. The only down side is I have only seen them at King Soopers in the refrigerated aisle. 

5. Chicken Noodle Soup- Pretty self explanatory. When nothing sounds good, chicken soup always does the trick. There is just something about that broth... 

If you have severe nausea, don't hesitate to tell your doctor. They do have medicine to help manage the sickness. But don't forget, this is just a season! It stinks, but this too shall pass!!!!