So I’ve been suffering from “morning sickness” (which should be renamed 24/7 sickness) ever since about a week after I took those 4 very positive pregnancy tests. It’s not fun. A total of about 8 weeks so far (nearly 2 months!). Although it does seem to be tapering off a bit, it’s ugly head is still lingering. Currently about every other day I feel good. Which is better than everyday being sick! Anyway, I’ve thought of a few little tid-bits on how I’m getting through this sickness.
1. Preggie Pop Drops - these little things have been life savers through this sickness! Since my blood sugar is always going up and down (which is one of the things that causes the nauseousness) I keep these little drops handy in my purse or where ever to help combat the nausea. They really work!
2. Eat all day long - you heard me, eat all day long. I start out in the mornings lately with a piece of toast with peanut butter on it. Sometimes it will settle my stomach and sometimes it will make it worse. I still have an appetite when am sick most days so once I get the nausea under control after I wake up or at any point in the day I eat something small. I’m always snacking on something, once again it keeps your blood sugar from dropping. At first I was worried that I would gain weight but my appetite evened out, instead of eating 3 big meals a day I am eating a bunch of small meals/snacks so when it does come time for big meals I don’t want/need as much to feel full.
3. Sit down when you feel queasy - I’ve realized if I stand on my feet (even if I’m not nauseous) for long periods of time I start feeling queasy and sometimes like I’m gonna pass out. My doc assured me that the lightheadedness and shortness of breath is all normal but just sit down when you need to!
4. Eat what sounds good - There’s not need to make yourself even more miserable by eating something that may be good for you and the baby but sounds disgusting! I have to admit I have not had the best diet since I’ve been sick, and at first I was worried it would hurt the baby but I’ve been reassured that the baby is just fine. Of course eat healthy when you can (and when the thought of spinach doesn’t make you wanna throw up!) but a can of chicken noodle soup and a PB and J sandwich are fine too. I do take a prenatal vitamin so that helps add some nutrients that I may have lacked in a day. Since the sickness is tapering off I’ve been trying to eat healthier - lots of protein and trying to drink at least 70 or so oz of water a day.
5. When all else fails, go lay down with a pillow under your stomach - I resorted to this technique (and still do) very very often. Most recently yesterday morning. Sometimes you just can’t stay upright with nausea!
I haven’t come across any “magic foods” that make me feel better. I think that just learning to manage it has been my biggest help. Now that I’m in the second trimester, hopefully and with fingers crossed in the next few weeks I will be rid of morning sickness for the rest of the pregnancy!