What Can You Do About Morning Sickness?

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I don’t know why they call it “Morning Sickness” when it usually lasts all day.For me, it lasted my entire pregnancy.  I always called it “Pregnancy Sickness” and thought that name suited it much better.  I was the pregnant woman who would dry heave mid-sentence. I was the woman who would throw open my car door and vomit in the parking lot.  I was the woman who got a lot of strange looks because of it all.

At the time I thought that I was the only one who had suffered so horribly at the pinhead-sized hands of a fetus.  As it turns out, I was not.  More than 50% of pregnant women experience morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy, according to AmericanPregnancy.org. For many people, like my unlucky self, the nausea can continue throughout the entire pregnancy.  I mean the entire pregnancy.  The day I went into labor, I vomited 3 times – twice in public.

There are 4 pregnant people in my life right now and 3 of them are suffering from “Pregnancy Sickness” (I’m voting we change the name from “Morning Sickness”). Interesting enough, all three of them are due in August! Do NOT drink the water if you don’t want to have a baby in August.  I’m just saying.  It’s going around.

Here are some of the remedies for morning sickness that are working for them.

My friend Rebekkah found a solution.

“I have tried everything.  Ginger, and Unisom and vitamin B, Phenergan, and eating small snacks all day.  The only thing that helps is Preggie Pops. Everything else was just not cutting it.”

 


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Fortunately, Rebekkah is an in-home caregiver and has easy access to a restroom when she needs it.  Others don’t have the same ability to make it to a toilet in time.

My cousin, Carrie, was having such bad morning sickness that it was affecting her work.

“I had to tell my manager [ I was pregnant ] before I was ready to tell people because I would disappear. They were understanding to a point.  My manager told me that I need to figure out something ’cause I can’t call in anymore. So I started Diclegis.”

In Carrie’s case, she had to start using a prescription medicine.  Other remedies, like Three Lollies Preggie Pop Drops, and nibbling on bland food in the morning have helped, but not as well. An unfortunate side effect of Diclegis is drowsiness, which still can cause problems at work if you need to be on your toes.

Another friend says:

“My morning sickness is worse when I get up and try to get anything done on an empty stomach.  Even just showering will make me sick if I don’t have something to nibble on first. I just keep a stash of saltines on my night stand.  [ When I wake up ] I eat them and wait a few minutes before doing anything.”

Having bland carbohydrates is often suggested by many midwives and OBGYNs for helping to stop morning sickness before it starts.  It’s also suggested on CheckPregnancy.com as a common solution. Unfortunately, this one never worked for me because I had gestational diabetes during all three of my pregnancies. If I had carbohydrates in the morning, I would ruin my blood sugar for the day.

It seems to me that there is only one way to get rid of your morning sickness once and for all.  Have your baby.  Sure, you have to get up for feedings every 3 hours, but you’re not having morning sickness anymore!  Having my baby was also an immediate cure for my gestational diabetes as well.

My best advice to my friends and family who are suffering through their pregnancies is to try to endure.  It’s a short ride in the grand scheme of things and the outcome is definitely worth it.  This August, I expect to have many new babies to snuggle while their parents have a whole new set of problems to deal with…  how to keep kids away from sunburns!

 

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