my morning sickness was much better this time around. i think reducing stress made the biggest difference (i was working in a stressful environment when i was pg with dd). otherwise - eating something right away in the morning (crackers), wearing seabands on my wrists, eating crystalized ginger, drinking LOTS of water and getting lots of rest.
I just spoke with my Naturepathic dr. last night about ways to ward off MS. Here's what she said<br><br>
1-stay hydrated lots of water, raspberry leaf and nettles tea<br><br>
2-eat very well including lots of protien...she says forget about the crackers they just fool with blood sugar levels eat protien snacks.<br><br>
3-essential fatty acids from algea oil or salmon oil<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"><br><br>
she says nausia can be from the liver which is overwhelmed trying to process new hormones so if the above doen't work she says there is almost always homeopathic's that can work on liver stuff.<br><br>
or vitamin B6 deficiency can be the cause of nausia she recommends a B6 injection if nothing else is working, that you would feel better after 2 if thats the cause.<br><br>
SOO I know it's not really your question, but on this third time around I hope to say these worked for me...in a few months!<br><br>
Ya know, I tried the sea bands yesterday and they drove me crazy, can they be TOO tight?? I didn't notice them helping the nausea.<br><br>
I started drinking the rasberry leaf tea last week and come to think of it I did actually feel a little better last week, maybe I should start that again!<br><br>
Where can you get crystalized ginger?
I have had m/s so severe that I ended up in the ER. IMO the secret is NEVER NEVER EVER let yourself get hungry. Hungry = m/s<br><br>
As soon as you wake up drink water or ginger ale or whatever you can stomach then slowly eat. In early pg pepsi and salty potato chips did the trick for me oh and saltines and lemons- not together though. Once you get past that initial queasyness try to eat something high in protein. Throughout the day I would also keep an altoid in my mouth. The peppermint oil really helps. I am in my fourth pg and have only puked a few times (after seeing very gross things) and the only time I got nauseous was when I was hungry or went too long without eating. I also have IBS so I am always queasy and pepsi/ginger ale and chips and not getting hungry works great for me.
Jennifer the wise one...<br><br>
That will be my mantra...<br><br>
NEVER LET YOURSELF GET HUNGRY!!!!!<br><br>
HUNGER = uke<br><br>
This is excellent advice, as I recall that is exactly how the vicious cycle always got started for me..hunger.<br><br>
I just got some crystalyzed ginger yesterday from the bulk bins at Safeway.<br><br>
a few weeks pregnant with my third <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> and no M/S so far...just ate a big protien breakfast of oatmeal with cashews, almonds, blueberries, raspberries from the garden, gosmasio, dried apricots, rice milk, maple syrup and lovely hot cup of rasberry leaf tea<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
i agree with all the above info.. and will add<br>
that ..and i know this sounds nuts..<br><br>
but i ate grapefruit alot. grapefruit witha bit of sugar and i didn't feel sick all day. sometimes i'd eat 2 a day first trimester. (is the sour i believe that helps)
With my last pregnancy I saw an acupuncturist 2 x a week to help w/ m/s. It made a big difference!<br><br>
This pregnancy my m/s was not so bad. I also was taking essential fatty acids daily (an omega 3-6-9 formula). I also was exercising almost daily, which I believe made an overall difference.<br><br>
When I felt nauseous I would have either some crystalized ginger, peppermint/chamomile tea, or a lemon squeezed in a glass of water w/ some honey. All these things brought some relief.
lemonade and potatoe chips.<br><br>
This was suggested but my gp, i laughed at him, but eventually i tried it, he didn't believe in drugs in pregnancy unless there was no recourse. And it WORKED! something about the oil, acid and salt.. dunno, didn't care, it's worked through 4 pregnancies.
I didn't have bad morning sickness at all, but when I did feel a bit queasy (from going too long w/o eating wouldn't you know), I used lemons! Lemons alone, lemons with salt, lemons squeezed in water. I craved them when I felt fine too. We always had a bag of lemons. I've always liked them, but it was ridiculous!!<br><br>
Come to think of it I ate lots of grapegruit too!
Well I made a BIG batch of lemonade and mixed it with my rasberry leaf tea this morning, and got my potato chips last night, so here we go...<br><br>
I also had a grapefruit this morning and it does seem I feel a little better than I did yesterday.
Pregnancy #5 here - and what I've learned is:<br><br>
Ginger is spicy - even crystallized - when you bite into it. Find sweet red shredded candied ginger in an asian store - very good.<br><br>
Vitamin B6 is available at Wal-Mart - take 50mg in the morning and 50mg in the late afternoon. No nausea this time when I take it spaced that way.<br><br>
AVOID PRENATALS - most are the source of nausea and vomiting and it's not helpful if you take them and throw them up, yk? My OB says all you need is 800mcg of Folic Acid. I take it with breakfast.<br><br>
Do not let your blood sugar get too low (hunger will do that). If you aren't hungry in the morning (like me) eat before bed - something fatty and full of protein that will take all night to digest - carbs digest quickly and will cause imbalance in your blood sugar. Things like eggs, peanut butter sandwich - whatever proteiny thing you like. Save a bit of your dinner to eat before nighttime (this will not work as well in the last trimester b/c of reflux, but it should be fine in the 1st and after that your m/s will subside).<br><br>
Keep your blender out on the counter and make smoothies - every day - for breakfast. Buy frozen bags of fruit, if you have to - to throw in there. It can be as simple as milk and a banana - or complex. I add a half a scoop of protein powder (too much gets grainy to me) and a tablespoon of Flax Seed Oil for Essential Fatty Acids. It's around $9 for a small bottle at the Health Food Store in the refrigerated section of the supplements. It imparts NO taste or texture into a smoothie and is sooooo good for your baby. My favorite combos are: Orange Juice, vanilla protein powder, and ice (dreamcicle).....fresh strawberries, vanilla soy milk, ice (strawberry ice cream)....chocolate soy milk, banana...you get the idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> It's MUCH easier to drink your breakfast than to sit down and eat something, IMO. Plus, you're hydrating yourself.<br><br>
Keep hydrated - this is CRUCIAL - you will flush those nauseating toxins out and through your body - so you must drink 10 8oz glasses of water a day. I can't do it - so I drink smoothies and soup and other things in addition to drinking water.<br><br>
Pregnancy Tea by Traditional Medicinals - I make a huge pitcher of it and keep it, sweetened, in the fridge. It's really tasty and refreshing - and keeps nausea at bay <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Hope that helps <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">