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Morning Sickness Remedies. How pregnant women can help ease their severe morning sickness and nausea. 14 tried and true tips.

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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.

My Morning Sickness Personal Background

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 when Brinley’s pregnancy came along. I wanted to be able to function as a mother while pregnant. I prayed and prayed for mercy with that 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 14 years ago, we certainly do today. So I did my research to come up with an arsenal of solutions for morning sickness.

Morning Sickness Remedies

Not all women experience morning sickness. About 70% of women do, but that leaves 30% who do not. So for most women, morning sickness on some level is a reality.

When morning sickness symptoms hit, you want some solutions. Here are 14 real remedies that really help. These tips helped me so much with my pregnancy with Brinley. I still felt horrible, but it was all much more manageable.  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. Prescription medications can be a lifesaver for those with severe nausea. 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 prescription 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

Brinley’s was the first pregnancy I had ever exercised during. I could definitely tell a difference on the days I exercised versus the days I did not on how nauseous I felt. I felt much better when I exercised.

It was tricky, though. I couldn’t just get up early and exercise–I have to eat first thing in the morning. Then I couldn’t just go exercise because sudden movements didn’t result in good things. Then I had kids up who needed my attention and I had to be ready by a certain time in the day…so it was hard to work it in daily.

I loved the Lindsay Brin workout series for my pregnancy and post-pregnancy.

Sleep

Sleep really does help. Not only the act of sleeping, but having enough sleep helps. If I ever felt like I was going to lose it, I tried to go to sleep if possible. It could help to sleep off that sickness. Sitting still eased my stomach and helped prevent vomiting, so even if I couldn’t sleep, I would get on the bed and just be still.

Fresh Air

I noticed this when I was pregnant with McKenna. Fresh air really settles my tummy. It can be hard if you are pregnant in bad weather. January here is usually 20-30 degrees outside, but it helped when I could get that bit of outside time in.

We went to Hawaii for a week when I was pregnant with Brinley, 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 stuck around here. Every morning in Hawaii 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 woke up feeling better than I had been. It certainly isn’t hurting anything. This is the humidifier we currently use.

Essential Oils

Essential oils were such a relief for me when I was pregnant with Brinley. A good friend of mine brought me over a bottle of Motioneaze. You can get it from a drugstore or Amazon. This was amazing for taking that edge off. When you have severe morning sickness, morning sickness relief is hard to come by. You are seeking things to just help that little bit, and you often have to add things on top of each other to be able to function.

This product is helpful beyond pregnancy; we have since found it to be helpful for car sickness or the tummy bug. So we still keep this on hand. We also use doTERRA essential oils and love DigestZen for upset tummies, but I never used it when pregnant.

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. Hunger just makes nausea worse.

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. You need to keep that blood sugar up.

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. I ate those more than any other food. It took me about ten years after his birth to even be able to eat them again! 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 of the advice contradicts itself. I can see why because each of my pregnancies have been different. For most, I have hated chocolate with a passion. The last time, I don’t mind it so much most of the time (though I sadly did 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 and ginger ale (ginger candies, too)
  • Mint
  • Candy to suck on (especially sour candy).

My foods with Brinley that helped were Chicken in a Biscuit crackers (we now call them magic crackers) and dill (pickles, seasoning..). I also am liked spearmint gum–spearmint is supposed to help.

It helps to have something to chew on, so see if you can find something that agrees with you.

Stay Hydrated

This is a huge one for me. I kept a large mug of water with me at all times, even in the car. With my last pregnancy, I like it icey, but in past pregnancies, water 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. You can add in essential oils, lemon, lime, or other flavorings to help the water be more enticing to you if needed. A stainless steel cup will be your friend.

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 B6 with Unisome–I have a pharmacy that combines this (it has to be a compounding pharmacy).

I always had 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 with my last pregnancy but I hate, hate, hated how tired it made 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 sleeping, but I most prefer being available to my children, so I am made the last pregnancy work without this. If you can’t take the drowsiness, you can just take B6 supplements.

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

Relief Band

I haven’t tried this, but have heard about it, so here is the web address https://www.reliefband.com/

Conclusion

I hope one or many of these remedies can be helpful to you as you try to ease your morning sickness. Please share what helps you! We all benefit from each other’s tricks!

Morning Sickness Remedies. How pregnant women can help ease their severe morning sickness and nausea. 14 tried and true tips.

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Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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28 Comments

  1. The farmer's wife
    February 3, 2012 / 6:04 PM

    Thanks for all your tips! I am going to order those sea bands, I have heard so much about them and am willing to give anything a try. I am about 7 weeks pregnant and we have a 7 month old. With Audrey I wasn't too sick, I threw up a couple of times but I was also able to rest/sleep a lot and not worry about anyone but myself. Different story now 🙂 But I love it, being a mother that is, not being sick. Hoping that this only last through my first trimester, cause I feel so bad.

    • Jennifer
      February 3, 2012 / 9:20 PM

      We have purchased Sea Bands at Walgreens in the past if you don't want to wait for shipping. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      February 3, 2012 / 9:21 PM

      We have purchased Sea Bands at Walgreens in the past if you don't want to wait for shipping. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      February 3, 2012 / 9:21 PM

      We have purchased Sea Bands at Walgreens in the past if you don't want to wait for shipping. 🙂

    • Jennifer
      February 3, 2012 / 9:21 PM

      We have purchased Sea Bands at Walgreens in the past if you don't want to wait for shipping. 🙂

  2. Ron and Tiffany
    February 3, 2012 / 6:15 PM

    Pretzels were super helpful for me during my first pregnancy. I'd just munch on them one at a time all day long, and it seemed to keep the sickness at bay.

  3. Scott and Jenny
    February 3, 2012 / 6:22 PM

    I was nauseous my entire pregnancy. All day long. Thankfully, I only threw up twice…but the nagging nausea was awful. I did the Unisom & Vitamin B6 combo, but would only take them at night before bed. I had a time released B6 vitamin that I was prescribed through my OB, and it helped through the next day. I would notice a big difference if I had forgotten to take it the night before. I didn't know they combined the two now! What a great idea.

  4. Leslie&Michael
    February 3, 2012 / 6:24 PM

    Thanks for this post. Makes me feel a little better knowing I wasn't alone. I was sick about 4 times a day with my first child, and I am honestly scared to be pregnant again because of it. Medicine didn't work for me or any of those other things…well except for pizza ;). Thanks for the encouragement.

  5. Kelly Ford
    February 3, 2012 / 6:46 PM

    Can i just say from a dental hygienists standpoint that is SO important to avoid brushing your teeth with coarse/abrasive toothpaste after you get sick! If you are someone who gets sick often, ask your dentist about a take home fluoride gel that is non-abrasive and is Rx strength Fl. You can brush (lightly) with that after being sick OR (best case senario) rinse well with tap water (the fl in the tap water is good) and then chew gum with xylitol in it (this promotes a reduction in pH from the sickness).:-)

  6. Sabrina
    February 3, 2012 / 6:59 PM

    Thanks for posting this. I also wanted to mention a condition that very few people know about, called hyperemesis gravidarum. It is a very real condition during pregnancy where mom is so sick that she loses over 5% of her body weight. I am 20 weeks pregnant with my second and still dealing with this condition. In lost 23 pounds in under 2 months (and I wasn't big to start with) and was admitted to the hospital two times within a three week period. I was put on home healthcare where I received IV's at home and had a medicine pump attached to me 24/7 (first with zofran and then with Reglan). It was a very physically and emotionally draining experience and something I never knew existed before experiencing it myself. So, just wanted to let women know that there is a more serious form of morning sickness. Please feel free to contact me for more information or support, as I know first hand how lonely one can feel when dealing with this condition!!Sabrina.Vaccaro at hotmail dot com

  7. kmbutrfly
    February 3, 2012 / 7:23 PM

    You named most of my remedies! I think the most important is keeping the belly full, and like said, in doing that, eat what sounds good! Everyone says keep saltines next to your bed…I did that, but then I got so sick of them, so I changes to another cracker, then almonds or pretzels, then by the time the first trimester was over I just kept a fiber bar there because I was no longer nauseous but starving!!! Carbs always sounded best to me, but I tried to eat protein because I read that helps, and I think it did. Almonds were great for that if meat sounds awful! Of course sleep is crucial, but if you need to set an alarm to get a couple bites to eat, do it, because once my belly got off track and not full, that is when I would vomit for a whole day. No fun. Hydration, yes! I did sea bands. I am not convinced that they worked but I wore them anyway!!! I didn't want to explore Zofran in case it was expensive, so instead each night from about 10 weeks thru 16 weeks, I took 1 Bonine & half a vitamin B6. This was SO helpful!!! I was still nauseous but it made me functional. Bonine is a motion sickness pill – you can find it over thr counter where you find Dramamine, but Dramamine is not allowed during pregnancy…Bonine is okay.

  8. Abbey Robertson
    February 3, 2012 / 8:29 PM

    Congratulations! I hope that you continue to feel good! I was SICK AS A DOG! Both pregnancies were really rough for those first months. I mean bopped blood vessels in my eye and eye lids. I kept saltines everywhere… on my night stand, in my purse, diaper bag, in the car, hubbies car and I would whip them out everywhere as well!! And tums!

  9. Sarah
    February 3, 2012 / 9:02 PM

    I'm only 6 weeks right now, so only mildly queasy. My 1st pregancy I was sick for 8.5 months. Awful. Zofran allowed me to function- I couldn't even keep down water without it. So expensive!! Costco was way cheaper than anywhere. This time around I have a different md and this is what we're starting with: vit b6 25 mg 3x/day & half a Unisom before bed. Also, last time I relied on crackers, bread, potatoes to calm my stomach and although it helped with that I gained a whopping 65 pounds- and I was slightly overweight to begin with. This time around I'm snacking on nuts and cheeses and finding they sustain me longer and I only need tiny amounts.

    • Sarah
      February 8, 2012 / 7:07 PM

      Just back to provide an update. In spite of taking the zofran, vit b6, and Unisom, yesterday was awful and I still vomited. The doc said I need to eat those starchy foods and not to worry about weight gain right now. They also added reglan to my rx routine. Feeling a bit better. If I remember, this 6th week is the worst.

    • Plowmanators
      February 25, 2012 / 11:55 PM

      Sorry Sarah 🙁 I know just how you feel–even with all of these things, I have been throwing up too. No fun.

  10. Chrysti Hedding
    February 3, 2012 / 10:20 PM

    I felt sick, but never threw up. Thankfully, once I hit about 11 or 12 weeks, the nausea went away. One thing that helped me was eating a couple of bland crackers before getting out of bed to get my blood sugar up a bit before breakfast. If I didn't do that, I'd pay for it later with morning sickness lasting all day. Now at 34 weeks, I still get nauseous occasionally, but it's not nearly as much as in the beginning. (Still pales in comparison to a number of people who have commented here!)

  11. Kate Craig
    February 3, 2012 / 11:54 PM

    lying on my left side was the ONLY thing that worked for me. The first trimester being full did not help at all, but the last trimester it did – I ate a lot of rice then. The first trimester all I could eat was Ramen. Also for a while lemon flavored candy or water seemed to help. I've also heard REAL ginger ale that you can buy at Trader Joes

  12. Kelly
    February 4, 2012 / 2:28 AM

    Congratulations!I was very lucky and only felt nauseous a handful of times… but these few things helped me:I had a half of a pb and honey sandwich before bed and I think sour things help! And instead of buying the preggo pops, I say eat sour patch kids 🙂

  13. localchika2
    February 5, 2012 / 9:31 PM

    Gosh, I wish I knew all of these things when I was pregnant! But now that i know I'm gonna try some if I ever get pregnant again.Thanks for sharing!

  14. Koala Mama
    February 6, 2012 / 3:45 AM

    I've never heard of the sour thing! I wonder why that would work? I found it crucial to keep my stomach from emptying, but I also always made sure to take ginger Gravols before a bus or car ride, and it made a huge difference! I saw some articles on the Internet discouraging ginger when you're pregnant, but the chemical in it that causes smooth muscle contractions (so could *possibly* start labour) is in so many other foods, especially spices, and I was already eating curry and drinking herbal tea every day.

    • Plowmanators
      February 25, 2012 / 11:55 PM

      Koala Mama, I have never heard that about Ginger before!

  15. Sarah Sloop
    February 6, 2012 / 6:39 PM

    Nuts… Mainly Walmarts Mountain Trail mix… The m&ms are a nice bonus:)Preggy pops(the sour element), bananas. Staying full was a MUST. Even now in my last month!

  16. Sarah Sloop
    February 6, 2012 / 6:40 PM

    Nuts… Mainly Walmarts Mountain Trail mix… The m&ms are a nice bonus:)Preggy pops(the sour element), bananas. Staying full was a MUST. Even now in my last month!

  17. Plowmanators
    February 25, 2012 / 11:18 PM

    Scott and Jenny, Just so you know for the unisom/b6–they have done it for a long time, but it can only be done at a pharmacy that compounds. So if you ever ask for it, it has to be at a compounding pharmacy.

  18. Plowmanators
    February 25, 2012 / 11:23 PM

    Kellly Ford thanks for that great tip! I had never heard that before!

  19. Plowmanators
    February 25, 2012 / 11:28 PM

    Thank you everyone for adding your experience and your advice!

  20. Leah
    January 30, 2019 / 7:22 AM

    My fourth pregnancy was awful, and I randomly heard about acupuncture for morning sickness so I gave it a try – I was desperate to do anything that could get me off the couch with three other kiddos to take care of! It.was.AMAZING! I still felt sick, but it improved so much and I could finally function. It def takes multiple visits but was so worth it.

    • February 6, 2019 / 11:06 AM

      Super interesting! How long did it last for you? Was it several visits and then you were good long-term?

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