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#1 of 32 Old 10-30-2008, 05:51 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, I'd like to assemble a list of the stuff that works the help with m/s and the stuff that doesn't. Maybe have some sort of rating system where the stuff that works for multiple people gets updated in the first post, along with a list of the truly useless that we all keep hearing people suggest.

I guess my goal is a quick go-to list of stuff I can try when I'm feeling crappy.

You guys game? What stuff have you tried and which ones worked?

Fixes that work for many mamas
* orange (or lemon) slices
* frequent small meals (as often as every 20 min depending on how bad off you are)
* lots of sleep
* hard candy (citrus, sours, peppermint, ginger)
* clear drinks (clear soda, juice with seltzer water, homemade lemonade)
* ginger (ale, candy, cookies)

Mixed Bag that seem split down the middle
* crackers

Flops that don't seem to work for almost anyone
* preggie pops

For anyone considering meds, I thought this might be helpful:
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Anywho, I know some people that have found phenergan helpful. I think it just depends on how your body reacts to it. Seems like Zofran has a better rep for making people feel better though.
If I'm missing anything you guys think should be on the first post, just let me know!
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OK, so far here's the stuff that seems to help me:
* oranges
* eating frequent small meals
* sleep
* lemon drops
* peppermint candies
* peppermint tea

Don't seem to help:
* homeopathic spray (I can get more specific info)

Has anyone tried Morning Sickness Magic or other herbal supplements that worked?
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So far my what works list is really short:

Gingerale (the real stuff)
Eating small frequent meals
Sleeping
Phenergan!!! I tend to only use this when its really bad and nights before I have to work....those 12 hours shifts are killer as it is factor in lack of sleep due to being sick and its horrid

What doesn't work...

Preggie pops
crackers
Anything salty

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I think they help, but who really knows:

crystalized ginger
lemons (I suck on them with a bit of salt)
oranges (I've been craving them with salt but they're fine either way)
sour hard candies (but just a bit)

I can't wait to see what works for others.
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Helps:
- homemade lemonade
- orange slices
- citrus sucking candies
- Fage (sometimes)
- cottage cheese (sometimes)

Doesn't help:
- crackers
- ginger ale

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I discovered this week that I have to be really consistent with my b6 and it works great! I take it once right before I go to bed and in the morning I feel fine. I forgot twice this week and could barely function in the morning. Then take it first thing in the morning, and once in the afternoon. If I forget at all, it totally screws me up and I feel really crappy.

Other things that work for me-
clear soda (sprite or WF brand orange cream)
eating whatever it is I'm craving (I crave something for a day or two and then can't eat it ever again)

Makes it worse-
eating too much
going too long without eating

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I was told tonight to try raw almonds.

We shall see.

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juice mixed with seltzer water
crackers
orange slices
candied ginger
chicken broth with ginger in it

These all helped me out last pregnancy. This time I have Diclectin and have not had any m/s since I started taking it.

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kamane18 - What is Fage?

notyetamommy - How much B6 are you taking with each dose?

I'm trying some wrist bands... they seem to help so far.
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I have found that nothing really helps... I try and eat every hour to a hour and a half. That helps somewhat.

I eat what I crave and then after a few days it takes me sick!

I tried m/s candies- no good made me worse.
Ginger- nothing
Diclectin- gave me horrible bladder problems and did not help.
Zantac- seem sto help so I can keep my head up!
Water- helps, and sometimes hot with a dash of honey.

I am probably not a good candidate to get good advice from as nothing seems to help and I am pretty well bedridden. ugh!
I am feeling very alone and want to do lots more like preantal classes and have a mommy to be group to talk with??
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Aaaahhh! I totally forgot to mention yoga! Seriously, I felt almost normal for the full 1.5 hours plus another hour or two afterwards. It was *awesome*.

zmaman - have you tried yoga (if you can even manage to get there) or wrist bands (like sea bands or psi bands)?
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zmaman--I'm so sorry you're feeling so terrible!!!

Things that help me are

eating frequently
mint candy
coke or ginger ale
chicken noodle soup or other brothy soup
pretzels
rest--it seems to me if I have a really active day one day, the next day I will feel like crap.

I did take Emetrol once and it did temporarily make me feel better. But it has some preservatives in it, which really makes me not want to take it.
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What works... jello
gingerale and crackers
water or seltzer with lemon or lime

What doesn't... hard candies
grapes
oranges


MS sucks... sorry but there's no better way to say it! Hang in there mama's we'll get through this!
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what works...
*ginger capsules
*ginger and orange zest tea

what doesn't...
*preggie pops
*sea bands
*pepperminet
*waiting too long to eat, but unfortunately so does eating (in any qauntity!)
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I am feeling very alone and want to do lots more like preantal classes and have a mommy to be group to talk with??
s I know how hard it is to be lonely *and* bedridden! I know it doesn't help much now, but remember that it is temporary. I had horrible m/s with #1 and kept swearing she would be our last. By the second trimester, I was loving pregnancy. When she was born, I missed being pregnant and couldn't wait to get pregnant again I keep reminding myself of this.

Things that help me:

- small, frequent meals and plenty of protein and fat (but I have to disguise the fat)
- lemon in my water, culturing milk to kefir so that it is sour
- plenty of rest
- a daily walk
*- a daily meal of beans (1/4 to 1/2 cup). This helps a lot. I have heard that eating beans whenever nauseous helps a lot, but I just do it once per day.

Things that have not helped:
- milk thistle
- sea bands
- ginger (because ginger, in general, revolts me
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Helps:
  • small, frequent protein snacks
  • cold water
  • Sea Bands
  • sleep (I always feel great in the morning and after naps)
  • eating immediately when hungry and not thinking about WHAT I'm going to eat
  • cold fruity things like frozen blueberries
  • homeopathic sulphur

Doesn't help:
  • ginger (because it's disgusting all the time)
  • pop/soda
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I'm also pretty much bedridden--I'm having a worse time this time around than in my other pgcy's, and they weren't easy. It's very depressing. We're going to hire a mother's helper asap to come for 4 hours a day until I feel a little better. I don't know why I can never remember this part of pregnancy until I'm actually experiencing it.

Helps:
Ginger candy (they at least keep me from throwing up in the car)
Eating whatever I feel like without thinking about health--so far, Oodles of Noodles, orange soda, ice cream, buttered noodles, Special K cereal with milk.
Eating a bowl of ice cream right before going to sleep.
Zofran morning and afternoon
Phenergran before bed
Pregnancy tea with peppermint in it
Throwing up
Sitting by an open window
Sleep/lying down

Doesn't help:
B6 lozenges--the sour apple taste of the ones I have is gross
crackers--just delay throwing up and make throwing up worse


Today I'm planning to try:
b6 tablets
watermelon
sea bands

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Do not drink a decent amount of liquid and then proceed to run around setting up for a dinner party you so foolishly decided to host when almost 9 weeks pregnant.

Sloshy is not good for morning sickness.

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Semi Fix - Zofran

Flops - everything else (and I *truly* mean E V E R Y T H I N G )

I know that's not very natural but I can't go through this hell again right now.
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Flops for me so far:

* Crystalised ginger {both snacked straight and steeped as a tea}

* Pickled ginger

* Ice water

* Flat soda

* Ginger ale

* Sucking hard candies

* Sour things {sour candies, sour peppers, etc}


Nothing has given me any relief so far. Last two pregnancies I considered myself borderline HG [midwife considered me full blown HG]. This time I can't even pretend it's borderline. It's somehow worse than it was last time. Still trying to figure out our insurance before I can find a mw and consider pharmaceuticals. I stridently refused them last time, but I don't know if I'll be doing that this time. I'm not even 9 weeks yet and have already lost 10 pounds.
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My nausea has steadily increased over the past few days now. I was hoping it wouldn't, but here it is! I lost 20 pounds in my first trimester last time I was pregnant. I'll try some meds before going through that again and intend to talk to my RE this week about it.

Right now things that help:

Sucking on orange slices
Ice water
Coke with ice (I usually don't drink soda, ever)
Sleeping



Things that don't help:

Making a huge pot of chicken stock on the stove all night- the smell is horrible!!

Jello
Hard Candy- anything sweet makes it worse
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Hanson's diet ginger ale.

Also, soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract and keep it in a baggie. I swear the smell of vanilla works for me!

We got some TJ's triple ginger snaps, and they also seemed to work this morning.

Big one - taking your vitamin before bed instead of when you're going to be up. Vitamin burps are ridiculously nauseating.
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NOTHING! nothing seems to help my m/s.

Erin_brycesmom I am with you. I can't go through this hell. I'm a seriously getting depressed mamas. I have 3 other children and I can barely function. Each pregnancy it has gotten worse. So bad this time I am taking meds - zofran. It's not working at all I think I may stop. The doc said she would give me a prescription for phenergan, was wondering if one worked for you but the other didn't. Is it worth giving it a try??? So down in the dumps and puking and losing weight and miserable ! ! ! !
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I was so sick with DD2 starting at 4 weeks. I could not do anything...just:Puke for 3 months. I am 6 1/2 weeks and just feel queasy. I hope that what ever I am doing works...I cannot go through that again.



What I am doing:

Seaband-I haven't taken them off
lots of cold water-about 2 1/2 liters
Eating something every 20 minutes. The thought of a lot of foods makes me gag.

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NOTHING! nothing seems to help my m/s.

Erin_brycesmom I am with you. I can't go through this hell. I'm a seriously getting depressed mamas. I have 3 other children and I can barely function. Each pregnancy it has gotten worse. So bad this time I am taking meds - zofran. It's not working at all I think I may stop. The doc said she would give me a prescription for phenergan, was wondering if one worked for you but the other didn't. Is it worth giving it a try??? So down in the dumps and puking and losing weight and miserable ! ! ! !
I'm so sorry. I hope you are feeling better soon. I can relate to feeling really down and loosing weight as well. It's hard.

I tried phenergan with my first pregnancy (as well as reglan) but both of those just made me fall asleep but didn't do much for the actual nausea. I didn't have any other kids at the time so it was ok to use when I was home but I was working and I couldn't even drive when I was on it. Finally got them to give me Zofran (military is very stingy with giving this one). The only way I got them to give it to me was to admit that I was feeling suicidal from the tortue of being so sick constantly. I did the next two pregnancies without any meds at all but it was pure hell. DH had to take 30 days off of work to care for our son because I could not do it. They gave me a little package of Zofran in my last pregnancy at one of my many ER visits for IV fluids. I didn't take them at the time but I saved them just in case and now here I am and I've taken them and I have gotten more. I just went through this constant sickness only to loose my baby in the 5th month earlier this year and I just can't do it again right now.

Anywho, I know some people that have found phenergan helpful. I think it just depends on how your body reacts to it. Seems like Zofran has a better rep for making people feel better though.
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Erin_brycesmom -Oh my goodness, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine going through that and losing your baby. I am so sorry.
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NOTHING! nothing seems to help my m/s.

Erin_brycesmom I am with you. I can't go through this hell. I'm a seriously getting depressed mamas. I have 3 other children and I can barely function. Each pregnancy it has gotten worse. So bad this time I am taking meds - zofran. It's not working at all I think I may stop. The doc said she would give me a prescription for phenergan, was wondering if one worked for you but the other didn't. Is it worth giving it a try??? So down in the dumps and puking and losing weight and miserable ! ! ! !
I haven't gotten to the mw yet to ask about meds, but I feel the same way. I have four other children and this place is getting to be a mess. I had dreams all night last night about the laundry and dishes rising up to rule the house. I'm trying to drag myself through, but it's not happening. And we're out of ice The only way I can stand water is if it's icey cold and it has to be the bagged ice because all other ice makes me gag and we are out of ice!
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I have found a fantastic fix.
- Ginger Soothers by The Ginger People (I got mine at Whole Foods).

It's just water, ginger, lemon and honey - I keep it refrigerated so it's quite cold (cold works well for me, hot does not) drink half a bottle slowly and I feel right back to normal (well, exhausted normal) in about 15 minutes - half hour. Brilliant. I am so so grateful.

Other good things...
- cold apples (sometimes)
- protein/fruit smoothies first thing in the morning, as a preventative
- yoga child's pose, with lots of room for my stomach
- frequent snacks

Flops:
- Water makes me feel worse if I'm already into it.
- Saltines

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Do not drink a decent amount of liquid and then proceed to run around setting up for a dinner party you so foolishly decided to host when almost 9 weeks pregnant.

Sloshy is not good for morning sickness.
Or Halloween. I would not recommend Halloween TOT'ing and all the resulting candy during week 6/7 of pregnancy. Ugh. It was the worst. And now my digestive system is paying dearly for all that candy and overeating--on top of the actual morning sickness!

Of course, I had no choice with a very excited 4-yo!

I will say the one recommendation that I ignore is to avoid spicy food. A little (or a lot ) of spice helps my low blood sugar and nausea and it always makes me feel better.

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Works:

*lemon sorbet

I had dh go out and get some lemon sorbet last night. I just can't do water with lemon. It was the best thing I've tasted in a long time. Our sorbet is pretty concentrated here and has pieces of lemon zest in it. I wasn't even nauseous this morning.
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