They say the third time’s a charm, but this round of pregnancy has me sicker than ever before. Here are my top 5 tips for dealing with morning sickness…
I’m so glad to be feeling back to my old self, this past month has been hell. I never experienced it at all with my other two kids, so to wake up and not be able to take two steps without losing my lunch came as a big change for me. I’ve been spending my days cuddled up with the kiddos and reminding myself that these little love birds are the reward at the end, and that’s helped a bit. But physically, not much had helped at all, sorry to say. I’
m too scared to take any of those anti-nausea drugs that are on the market now, so for any of you moms who want to know what I did to help make the days go by smoother, here are my biggest tips.
1) Find what makes your belly happy, and stick with it.
For me, it’s lemons. Lemons are the only thing that didn’t make me sick, so I incorporated it in every meal. Lemon poppy seed muffins for breakfast, Greek lemon soup for lunch and dinner, water with fresh squeezed lemon juice with every meal, and more lemon poppy seed muffins for dessert.
2) Cook for the week in advance.
When you’re feeling like crap, the last thing you want to do is cook. Especially since you’ve already had to get yourself up and in the kitchen quite a few times already to feed the kids, if you have them. On top of that, when you’re feeling quesy, you need something in your stomach now or you’ll be running to the bathroom faster than you can say chicken noodle soup. So what I did was make my favorite snacks and meals all at once and separated them into tuppawear containers to eat everyday. This was a big help!
3) Savor that fresh air.
For me, fresh air literally erased any urge to throw up… even if only momentarily. All the smells that attack you when you’re pregnant are so overwhelming, and they were the culprit behind those mid-day sudden urges for me to vomit. Even the smell of my husband’s deodorant became way too much for me to handle, I could smell it when he wasn’t even home because it lingered on the bed sheets and that ultimately prompted an immediate trip to the store so he could go pick out another one. Anytime I had that imminent feeling, I stepped outside and it surprisingly reset my senses, bringing that quiver running down my esophagus to a complete halt. Having beautiful weather was a big help as well, one of the percs of conceiving in fall.
4. Take your prenatal vitamins at night.
You can forget about keeping those vitamins down during the day if you’re suffering from morning sickness. Just the thought of swallowing those huge horse pills down was enough to make me gag. So I take my vitamins every night right before bed, that way I know I’ll sleep through the nausea, giving my baby a chance to absorb the vitamins. Also, if your prenatal vitamin has you throwing up consistently, consider changing it. Brain Strong has always been my favorite, the one time I tried a different brand I threw up each and every time so now I’m an avid and loyal Brain Strong consumer.
5. Pay conscious attention to your little ones and know that in the end, it’s all worth it.
All those trips to the bathroom will amount to one great reward in the end, and that’s what I told myself everyday during those first months. My morning (more accurately, all day) sickness was so bad that it even won me a trip to the hospital, but I kept telling myself that in 9 months, I’ll win even bigger.
Take an extra hard look at your kids (if you already have them), play and engage with them a little more than before, hug and kiss them any chance you get and know that it’ll all be worth it in the end.
Pretty soon it won’t be just you guys anymore, so take the time to cherish their every waking moment now and spend some time telling them stories about the baby growing in your belly. This is just one phase of an amazing journey and as they say, this too shall pass.