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Morning Sickness/ nausea tips and advice

post #1 of 46
Thread Starter 

Lets share our collective knowledge and experience in easing the nausea. 

 

I'll start. 

 

Eat little and often. Avoid empty or overfull stomach. 

 

Eat bland/mild foods, not fatty/spicy/strong foods

 

nux vomica homeopathic. I haven't used it yet so I can't say whether it's any good, but I need it for other issues I'm having and I see it's supposed to be great for morning sickness too. 

 

That first drink of water/tea in the morning is always the worst. It always makes me feel terrible. I try to leave it out to be room temperature instead of fridge cold. It's less of a shock in my stomach and makes a big difference. 

 

B vitamins. I'm a big believer in getting them through diet where possible rather than in a pill. But whatever works. 

 

 

Share your tips. 

post #2 of 46
Thread Starter 

Ooh I forgot one. The accupressure sea sickness bands work really well for me.

post #3 of 46

Things that helped during my first two pregnancies: Ginger candies and gum, sea bands, acupuncture, cranial sacral work, unison/B6, eating right out of bed, eating a ton of protein during the day, drinking water with lemon, changing my prenatals to ones without iron. I know there were others. With my third, none of this (or phenergan, zofran, haldol, reglan) worked. If anyone is interested, the best site about HG is http://www.helpher.org/, though I sincerely hope NONE of us need it this time around. 

post #4 of 46

Not yelling. I'm not sure why that makes me so sick but it does.

 

The scent of lemon.

 

Chamomile tea (or any of the mint family).

 

Eating lots of small protein snacks rather than any big meals.

post #5 of 46

I don't have any remedies, but I will say that brushing my teeth in the morning now is SO. HARD.  Ugh.  I always dry heave (sorry for the image!).

post #6 of 46
What Ivy said. Last time, I was all about the Zofran, I call it Vitamin Z. Taking b6 right now.
post #7 of 46

ate breakfast. took a 2 mile walk. came home feeling sicker than I did this morning when I first got up.

 

Hubby cut me up a honeycrisp apple, a slice and half into it I felt fine. Not sure if it was the apple or the food but with how quick that worked I'm investing in a lot more apples for this early pregnancy.

post #8 of 46
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ate breakfast. took a 2 mile walk. came home feeling sicker than I did this morning when I first got up.

 

Hubby cut me up a honeycrisp apple, a slice and half into it I felt fine. Not sure if it was the apple or the food but with how quick that worked I'm investing in a lot more apples for this early pregnancy.

Hmmm apple slices sound good about now...
 

 

post #9 of 46

Mmm, apples!!!  Especially honeycrisp, those are delicious.  I have been craving black olives like the dickens this morning, so I put some in my eggs.  Yum!  

 

On a related note, due to morning sickness and my flu bug I had earlier this week, I lost about 3 pounds this week.  :(  I'll be glad when this first trimester is over!

post #10 of 46
B6, bitter or sour or really spicy foods always helped me.

With my first two, I had hyperemesis and vomited A LOT with bot through the entire pg. I am on a traditional foods diet with this one and have no nausea, none! I am thinking my daily kombucha and soaking/sprouting all grains/legumes is really making all the difference.

So the kombucha might be worth trying if you are suffering a lot!
post #11 of 46
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B6, bitter or sour or really spicy foods always helped me.
With my first two, I had hyperemesis and vomited A LOT with bot through the entire pg. I am on a traditional foods diet with this one and have no nausea, none! I am thinking my daily kombucha and soaking/sprouting all grains/legumes is really making all the difference.
So the kombucha might be worth trying if you are suffering a lot!

How many weeks are you? My HG didn't start last time until week 7.5.. then it got ugly real fast. I'm on a more healthy, TF type diet now also, but honestly if I don't get nauseated by 6 - 7 weeks I will start to think that the pg is not viable.

p.s. kefir is awesome, but I haven't been able to get myself to enjoy kombucha.
post #12 of 46

I love kombucha, but I haven't had any in a while.  Maybe I'll have to try some again and see if it helps.  What has really been a life-saver for me is bags of frozen fruit chunks.  When I'm feeling sick, I munch on them straight out of the freezer.  Winners so far are peach and mango.  Bonus is that I'll occasionally blend them into a smoothie, and if I carry that around and sip it slowly over the course of an hour or so, I feel fine the whole time.  

post #13 of 46
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I love kombucha, but I haven't had any in a while.  Maybe I'll have to try some again and see if it helps.  What has really been a life-saver for me is bags of frozen fruit chunks.  When I'm feeling sick, I munch on them straight out of the freezer.  Winners so far are peach and mango.  Bonus is that I'll occasionally blend them into a smoothie, and if I carry that around and sip it slowly over the course of an hour or so, I feel fine the whole time.  



Kefir smoothies have been hitting the spot here, too.  Kefir, banana, blueberries, strawberries.  Really settles my stomach.

post #14 of 46
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Originally Posted by craft_media_hero View Post

B6, bitter or sour or really spicy foods always helped me.
With my first two, I had hyperemesis and vomited A LOT with bot through the entire pg. I am on a traditional foods diet with this one and have no nausea, none! I am thinking my daily kombucha and soaking/sprouting all grains/legumes is really making all the difference.
So the kombucha might be worth trying if you are suffering a lot!

How many weeks are you? My HG didn't start last time until week 7.5.. then it got ugly real fast. I'm on a more healthy, TF type diet now also, but honestly if I don't get nauseated by 6 - 7 weeks I will start to think that the pg is not viable.

p.s. kefir is awesome, but I haven't been able to get myself to enjoy kombucha.

Hmm, well I conceived Oct 20, so? 6 wks, but I am always confused over how they add the first two weeks before you conceive so in reality I have been growing a baby four weeks.

I did have a little nausea the vother day when I skipped breakfast, but in general much (worlds of difference!) better than the last two. Dont freak me out with that 'not viable' talk! wink1.gif I am going to cling to this one nausea free pregnancy by sheer force of will if need be!

I realize it could be just around the corner but I am really really hoping to make it through without puking this time.
post #15 of 46

Thanks for all the tips.  This is my 5th pregnancy (though I only have 2 kids), and the FIRST time I have had to deal with nausea at all.  I thought that "I don't get pregnant sick," so this puking and queasiness has caught me by surprise and it SUCKS.   Anyway, I didn't get it today or yesterday, so I may have it figured out that the trick (for me) is to NOT let myself get hungry.  It seems like if I eat something BEFORE I get hungry then I don't get sick.  But if I do get hungry, then everything sounds nasty and I can't think of anything worth eating and it gets worse and worse and whatever I do wind up eating will be wasted by coming back up.  But I think I also figured out that puking helps.  Because at first I would get that queasiness and feel awful all day long trying not to puke.  When I gave in to it, of course the puking part is nasty, but it seemed like I felt much better afterwards and the nausea was then gone for that day...

post #16 of 46

Okay, I hadn't read any of this thread up until  now. Because I'm 6w4d, and on our 5-hr drive back home from visiting my hometown, I puked. I felt better afterward, but it was still a MISERABLE 5hrs. I woke up this morning feeling terrible, ate my pear with pb that usually calms my stomach, but it didn't help today. Went back to bed at my mom's for almost 2 hrs and felt kind of okay enough to join the living. We left shortly thereafter, and it was all downhill from there. :( Thankfully, we were making a potty stop when I realized I would feel better if I just threw up.

 

So after I got home and dropped the boys and bags off, I made a beeline for Whole Foods to get: ginger kombucha (I really like almost all of the GT Dave's flavors), WF ginger ale (tastes good, but doubt it has enough ginger to do anything), a "ginger beer" (on the menu for tomorrow; not actually alcoholic), candied ginger, and I looked up the homeopathic treatment for pregnancy nausea--and got some of it: sepia 9C (I got 6C). I've felt kind of green all evening, but not in danger of puking. Which is an improvement, I suppose. :/

 

 

post #17 of 46
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Okay, I hadn't read any of this thread up until  now. Because I'm 6w4d, and on our 5-hr drive back home from visiting my hometown, I puked. I felt better afterward, but it was still a MISERABLE 5hrs. I woke up this morning feeling terrible, ate my pear with pb that usually calms my stomach, but it didn't help today. Went back to bed at my mom's for almost 2 hrs and felt kind of okay enough to join the living. We left shortly thereafter, and it was all downhill from there. :( Thankfully, we were making a potty stop when I realized I would feel better if I just threw up.

 

So after I got home and dropped the boys and bags off, I made a beeline for Whole Foods to get: ginger kombucha (I really like almost all of the GT Dave's flavors), WF ginger ale (tastes good, but doubt it has enough ginger to do anything), a "ginger beer" (on the menu for tomorrow; not actually alcoholic), candied ginger, and I looked up the homeopathic treatment for pregnancy nausea--and got some of it: sepia 9C (I got 6C). I've felt kind of green all evening, but not in danger of puking. Which is an improvement, I suppose. :/

 

 

That really sucks :(  Hope your ginger buffet helps.  

 

post #18 of 46
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Originally Posted by craft_media_hero View Post

B6, bitter or sour or really spicy foods always helped me.
With my first two, I had hyperemesis and vomited A LOT with bot through the entire pg. I am on a traditional foods diet with this one and have no nausea, none! I am thinking my daily kombucha and soaking/sprouting all grains/legumes is really making all the difference.
So the kombucha might be worth trying if you are suffering a lot!



So - my midwife is giving me a "mother" to start some Kombucha at home. I've never had it before! Any suggestions for the best flavors (or websites for suggestions on DIY)?

 



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Originally Posted by inkandpaper View Post

I love kombucha, but I haven't had any in a while.  Maybe I'll have to try some again and see if it helps.  What has really been a life-saver for me is bags of frozen fruit chunks.  When I'm feeling sick, I munch on them straight out of the freezer.  Winners so far are peach and mango.  Bonus is that I'll occasionally blend them into a smoothie, and if I carry that around and sip it slowly over the course of an hour or so, I feel fine the whole time.  



Yes - the frozen fruit is key... I froze 30# of blueberries this summer (we live in the blueberry capital of the US) and DS and I have LOVED snacking on them!

 

How does everyone feel about soy v. whey protein? I use Shaklee supplements and all of their vitamins are cold-pressed, including the soy, so I know there's a lot less risk of the fermenting issues... but I haven't had any of the soy protein shake since I've been pregnant. Just wanted to ask in here - you can also be very 'gloves off' with your opinion regarding this. No offense will be taken - I love to hear everyone's opinion/research! TIA!

 

post #19 of 46

soy *is* chock-full of phytoestrogens, which can theoretically affect a pregnancy--just like if it were naturally bathed in extra estrogen. OTOH, I avoid any and all dairy products like the plague, too. I use a rice protein powder when I need to get some more protein in. There are also pea protein formulas if you're looking for a non-animal, non-grain protein source (ie, compliant with paleo, but not animal-derived).

 

I will say, though, that "all-natural" bodybuilders (the ones who use only natural stuff and amino acids, rather than scary chemical and questionable supplements) use whey protein almost exclusively. Not that it has anything to do with pregnancy, but just something I noticed. 

post #20 of 46

I've had horrible nausea since 7dpo. I've tried all sorts of crazy stuff and all the conventional stuff. The last 30 hours or so I've been doing this: http://www.karenhurd.com/pages/healthtopics/specifichealthconcerns/ht-shc-morningsickness.html and it's working!!!! I saw this the other day and thought it couldn't hurt. Can't believe it's working so well. This morning was a little rough but still NOTHING in comparison to the hell that has been my life for the last 5 weeks. I'm still exhausted but not being constantly nauseous is huge!

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