There are several places to start when talking to a mom about pregnancy, but I think one of the most helpful places to start is the topic of morning sickness. Being sick is not fun at all. Add on top of that the job of being a mom and it makes it even less fun.
When I was pregnant with Brayden, I was super, super sick. To throw up only five times a day was a good day for me. I was that way until he was born (the last time I threw up was a couple of hours before he made his appearance).
With Braxston, I was also sick, but it was not as intense. I think my body was not so shocked by hormones since I had just been pregnant 6 months before (that is my own theory). I threw up only one to two times a day with him.
With Kaitlyn, my doctor finally suggested some medication to manage the sickness. It seems crazy now, but when I was pregnant with Brayden, the idea of turning to the Internet for ideas was not a common one, so I had no idea medication was even an option. Her pregnancy was much easier because of it, and I threw up only about 5 times the whole pregnancy (much better than five times a day).
McKenna's pregnancy was more like Brayden's. I used the medicine, but still threw up once a day until I was somewhere shortly beyond 20 weeks.
Needless to say, I was concerned about getting pregnant again. I wanted to be able to function as a mother while pregnant. I have prayed and prayed for mercy with this pregnancy. I am a believer in this quote:
“When our wagon gets stuck in the mud, God is much more likely to assist the man who gets out to push than the man who merely raises his voice in prayer—no matter how eloquent the oration.” ― Dieter F. Uchtdor
I knew the Lord would help me to feel better and to know what to do to help make that possible. While we didn't turn to the Internet for our answers 7 years ago, we certainly do today. So I did my research to come up with an arsenal of solutions for morning sickness.
I am happy to say that I am 11 weeks along and have not thrown up once yet. I think you will find this list helpful. If you have more ideas, I absolutely would love for you to share them!
- Zofran: I love this drug. The great thing about Zofran is that it does not make you drowsy. This used to be an expensive route to take, but there is now a generic form of the drug, so you can afford it. I have heard a full pill is necessary for it to be effective (my perscription says 1/2 or a full pill at a time, so I have always stuck with a full pill). A word of caution, it is very constipating, so if you do take this, you will want to take stool softeners as well.
- Sea Bands: Even with my Zofran, I still felt nauseous all day. I had heard about the Sea Band, so I asked my pharmacist about it. I got my Sea Bands for $8.45--absolutely worth every penny. I would highly recommend it even if it was $100. What it is is two bands you wear on your wrist. It uses acupressure to suppress nausea. It really took the edge off. I wear them at all times unless I am showering. You can get it at Amazon here: Sea-Band
- Exercise: This is my first pregnancy I have exercised during. I can definitely tell a difference on the days I exercise versus the days I don't on how nauseous I feel. I feel much better when I exercise. I do find it tricky, though. I can't just get up early and exercise--I have to eat first. Then I can't just go exercise because sudden movements don't result in good things. Then I have kids up who need my attention and I have to be ready by a certain time in the day...so I find it a lot harder to work it in daily right now. I am still trying to get that perfected.
- Sleep: Sleep really does help. Not only the act of sleeping, but having enough sleep helps. If I ever feel like I am going to lose it, I try to go to sleep if possible.
- Fresh Air: I noticed this when I was pregnant with McKenna. Fresh air really settles my tummy. It is hard for me right now since it is January and 20-30 degrees outside, but it helps when I can get it in. We went to Hawaii for a week a couple of weeks ago, and it was the best thing for my sickness. I want to move there for 9 months. Or at least 5 until the nice weather sticks around here. Every morning I would wake up and go sit outside and just soak in that great air.
- Humidity: While in Hawaii, I came to a theory that humidity also helps. I can't be positive it does, but when we got home I put a nice humidifier in my room and I am waking up feeling better than I had been. It certainly isn't hurting anything.
- Stay Full: Aggressive morning sickness is a vicious cycle. As soon as you let it get too far gone, it is super hard to recover from. It is so hard to eat when you are so sick. I know it. I gained no more than 10 pounds in any of my pregnancies, which when you add up the weight of the baby, placenta, and blood alone exceeds 10. So I know the reality. You have to stay full--or at least avoid hunger. Never get hungry. You don't want to get too full--that is bad, too. Hunger is your enemy, though.
- Eat What Sounds Good: If you are super sick, I just say eat whatever it is that sounds good. With Brayden, one of the only things I could eat was Wheat Thins, and I still can't eat those to this day. A lot of times your cravings are for what your body needs, so listen to yourself.
- Find Foods That Help: There is an incredibly long list of foods that supposedly help--and a lot contridicts itself. I can see why because each of my pregnancies have been different. For most, I have hated chocolate with a passion. This time, I don't mind it so much most of the time (though I sadly do not like chocolate chip cookies). Some people swear by lots of sugar, some swear by cutting sugar from your diet. Some say lots of sodium. Some say cut dairy. Here is a list of foods that are generally accepted to help: Protein (I find this so true--snack on almonds and eat meat at dinner to help with your mornings), dill, ginger, mint, and candy to suck on (especially sour candy). My foods right now that help are Chicken in a Biscuit crackers (we now call them magic crackers) and dill (pickles, seasoning..). I also am liking spearmint gum--spearmint is supposed to help. It helps to have something to chew on.
- Stay Hydrated: This is a huge one for me. I keep a large mug of water with me at all times, even in the car. Right now I like it icey, but in past pregnancies it had to be room temperature. I am also very picky about the quality of water--it must be highly purified. We go through a lot of Brita filters when I am pregnant :)
- Vitamin B6: Some people think morning sickness is a result of low levels of this B vitamin, and most sick women swear by this. You can also combine it with Unisome--I have a pharmacy that combines this (it has to be a compounding pharmacy). I also have them half the dose because it causes severe drowsiness. This medication is often referred to as Bedoxy. I used this with Kaitlyn and McKenna, and it works. It takes 7 days to get in your system but it helps. I tried it this time but I hate, hate, hate how tired it makes me. I decided I wanted to try different things because it basically is a toss up between sleeping all day or throwing up all day. I prefer the sleep, but I most prefer being available to my children, so I am making it work without this. I do still plan to try just taking B6 supplements, but I keep forgetting to buy them.
- Red Raspberry Tea: My grandmother is one of those people big into herbs, and when I was pregnant with Brayden, she told me to try this. I went to a health food store and bought it in capsules. It really does help; however, my OB didn't want me taking them past my first trimester since it thins your blood (bad for something like delivering a baby), so it can help if you are one of those people who is only sick for the first trimester. You can get them on Amazon here: Solaray Red Raspberry Leaves
- Prima Bella Band: I haven't tried this, but have heard about it, so here is the web address: primabellarx.com.
- Reletex: I haven't tried this either, but have heard good things: http://www.aeromedixrx.com/rlp/reletex.htm?gclid=CMyLuu-6kK0CFQkaQgodsVuZlA.
Please share what helps you! We all benefit from each other's tricks!