First Trimester, Pregnancy

My 6 Best Tips for Helping with Morning Sickness

Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s wife but morning sickness can be hard to overcome. Read these genius tips to help you start dealing with your morning sickness now!

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Good morning and happy Tuesday! My husband took Bubba to preschool and I got Nugget down for his morning nap so now I have time to lay down.

I mean write, I am going to write.

These days I don’t have the will to do much more than lay down because baby #3 is kicking my butt in the whole morning sickness area. All I have to say is this baby better be really good! hehehe (**update: he is really, really good!!**)

Morning sickness stinks, ya’ll, and it must have been a man who named it because I’ve never had morning sickness that only lasted for just the morning. Mine is pretty much all day, any time, especially-when-it’s-most-inconvenient sickness. Yuck!

And since this is my third rodeo I’ve come up with a few hacks that help, kind of. I’ve never found anything that makes my morning sickness completely disappear, but I have found a few ways to make it much more manageable.

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Talk to Your Doctor about Your Morning Sickness

Ok, don’t just talk to your doctor about anything, talk to them about your morning sickness! With my first I wasn’t really that sick but I refused to take anything because I was afraid it would hurt the baby.

When I was pregnant with my second I took some meds sometimes just to help me get through a busy day.

But now with my third I believe my exact words were “I will need all the drugs, please.” I told my doctor I wanted whatever they were giving to Duchess Kate, because you know they give her the good stuff!!

Nobody wants to think about doing or taking something that could potentially harm your baby, but a doctor would never recommend anything that was unsafe. So don’t be afraid to ask!

Even if you don’t end up with a prescription, your OB might have some better ideas than just ginger ale and peppermint candies!

Ice, Ice Baby

I usually can’t stand cold drinks because they hurst my sensitive teeth; but when I’m nauseous I can’t get enough ice in my glass!

I don’t even remember how I figured this out, but I just knew I needed my drinks ICE COLD. And it’s helping this time around too. Next time you reach for a glass of water try filling the glass with ice first.

I’ve also found that sour drinks like lemonade or water with extra lemon squeezed in help too. And drinking out of a straw. I can’t explain any of these- but they all helped me! (I know, I know, straws are so yesterday…. but they help for some odd reason! Try these reusable straws if you prefer to be more environmentally friendly.)

Laying in a Certain Position

It’s funny how instinctual our bodies can be. I don’t know how I figured this out but one day I was so sick with Nugget and I just had to lay down- but only on my left side.

It felt soooooo good.

I put a pillow between my knees and another one under my arm and head and I just held still for as long as I could. Within minutes my stomach settled and I had temporary relief from the nausea.

Obviously, if you work or have kids to chase after laying or sitting down might now be an option for you all the time.

But listen to your body, if you have an inexplicable need to put your head down on your desk for 5 minutes- do it!

Or if can sneak out to your car at lunch to recline for a few minutes, do it! Whatever helps- I’ve even put pillows on the floor so I can still play with my kids but also lay down. A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! (Check out my post on activities you can do with your kids when you’re sick, i.e. lying on the couch so you don’t have to pay your dues to the porcelain gods.)

I also invested in a great pregnancy pillow.

To be completely honest I never had one with Bubba because I kind of thought they were just one more thing to sell pregnant women that they really don’t need. But with Nugget somehow I just knew I needed one and it was a great investment!

I used everyday during my pregnancy and I used it to help nurse once he was born. And now I’m using it again with my third pregnancy.  (**update: I used that pillow every day during my third pregnancy AND I used it to help me nurse as well.)

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Ask Your Spouse or Partner to “Pet” You

Alright, alright get your mind out of the gutter!!

I know that sounds kind of dirty, but I’m talking about petting like you would pet a dog or cat! I know it sounds super weird but I actually got the idea from this book.

In the book the author talks about how important it is for a pregnant woman to be touched and pet by people around her (think nurturing, not creepy).

I loved that idea, and I started asking my husband to rub my head at night. He just kind of mindlessly runs his fingers through my hair while we watch TV but it helps me relax and I feel a lot better!

Listen to Your Body

Our bodies are pretty incredible and know exactly what we need, all you have to do is listen. If you are in desperate need of a nap, cancel brunch with your girlfriend and take a freaking nap!

You might get some crazy cravings (pickles and ice cream anyone??), listen to them. Your body is probably trying to tell you it needs something.

The other day I my morning sickness hit a peak and I knew I needed to rest. So I called my parents and asked them to take the boys.

Then I was able to lay on the couch all day.

It was amazing, and my morning sickness since then has been much easier to handle. My body was telling me it needed a break and I listened!

Definitely pay attention to your body. Feed it what it craves (within reason), rest when you feel like it (as much as you can), and stay hydrated!

Your body and your baby will thank you for it.

Keep Your Eye on the Baby

Whenever I complain to my hubby about how sick I feel he always reminds me that this is temporary. And at the end of it we’re going to have another sweet little baby!

Sometimes I want to stick my tongue out at him and say “Yeah, well you don’t have to do this!!” but I know he’s right. On those days when you’re extra sick and you’ve been on your knees in front of the toilet,  just close your eyes and think about the tiny, squishy baby you’ll get to hold when all of this is over.

Because that’s what this is really all about anyway!

I truly hope these ideas help you! It’s not easy to be sick and miserable, but it will come to an end one day. And in the mean time cancel plans, put your feet up, and binge your favorite shows!

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Do you have any go-to tips for handling morning sickness? Leave a comment below!