So, let’s talk about MORNING SICKNESS. I’m so sorry, but it absolutely should NOT be called morning sickness…that is a horrible title for this nasty side effect of pregnancy. It should be called something along the lines of “the yuckiest feeling of nausea you’ve ever had that shows up whenever and wherever it wants to”. You can wake up with it, or not. It can show up in the middle of the day or when you smell something so yummy that makes you instantly gag. (In a few of my pregnancies it was eggs and bacon–OMG–and my kids wanted to eat it EVERY. DAY.) It can show up at night RIGHT when it’s time for bed…or it can last alllllll day long…
And if you’re one of the luckiest pregnant women alive who never get sick, you don’t know how lucky you are. I am so envious of my sister-in-law…she’s pregnant with her fifth baby right now and she’s never experienced this so-called “morning sickness” with any of her pregnancies. She has both boys and girls, too. I have five girls and one boy and I will say that it wasn’t as bad when I was pregnant with my little boy, but it was still bad. Oh, and might I add that it lasts the entire pregnancy for me? Ugh. I’m 15 weeks pregnant with baby #7 right now and I’m feeling just like I did with every other baby…just fabulous.
So, you think I would have found a cure to this madness after being pregnant seven times….well, I don’t have an absolute cure, but I do have quite a few things that have made every day life with so many kids much more bearable. (Oh, did I mention that I stay at home and homeschool? Yep, I do….and it comes with no sick days.)
So, I have a number of things that I’ve tried…when one doesn’t work, I try another. Sometimes, I get lucky and can just run to the bathroom and throw up, but most of the time it’s that lingering YUCK feeling that I just want to get rid of, or at least ease up. So, here’s my go-to list:
- Dramamine. If I take one regular tablet at night before I go to bed, I usually wake up feeling pretty good. If I don’t take it, I usually wake up needing to immediately throw up. I’ve taken it regularly throughout my last 3 pregnancies.
- Water with lemon. This is a first timer for me. I sort of craved it very early on this go round, so I drank it regularly, but little did I know that lemon is actually a natural remedy to ease a sour stomach. I drink out of a big mason jar and squeeze an entire lemon in it. And I use a straw. (goes down lots faster)
- Peppermint essential oil. Okay. So, I do a couple of things with this. First, I just inhale that amazing stuff. It almost makes the yuck feeling disappear instantly. Then I put a few drops in the palm of my hand and rub it right on my tummy, wherever I feel yucky. The past three times I’ve done this, I’ve felt 100% better in just a matter of minutes. No joke. I also have a diffuser and I keep it going if I’m having a rough day.
- Magnesium supplements. Now, this is a mineral supplement that I started taking a few months before I got pregnant. I read that magnesium is a mineral that so many people are deficient in and that if you are deficient when you are pregnant, it makes morning sickness much worse. If you aren’t pregnant yet, get some!
- Magnesium lotion or magnesium oil. When you’re pregnant, absorbing magnesium is much harder, so using lotion or oil allows much better absorption. I use lotion because I heard that the oil can irritate or burn or something…and I just thought the lotion would suit me better because it also helps with restless leg syndrome, which I get REALLY BAD during the third trimester. It is awesome for restless leg…I’ll be talking about this in a future post!
- Prescription drugs for nausea. When it gets really bad, I take medicine, girls. You’ll soon find out that I’m not a fan of pain, and I do whatever works to make life easier…remember, I get no sick days. I use to take Phenergan, but I am absolutely not a fan unless I have complete freedom to sleep–for as long as I want–but that would be for like 2 days, so that’s a no-go. For pregnancies 4-7, I have taken Zofran. It’s amazing when it works. Sometimes it doesn’t help me at all, but when it does work, I feel about as good as it gets in a matter of about 3 minutes. BUT it constipates me! And that will be in a future post, as well!
**I fully understand that there is risk involved when taking medications, but I have taken medications, when needed, throughout every single pregnancy and my children were all completely healthy and have had no major health issues ever. If this baby is born with any issues, I would never be able to blame my medications. Just wanted to get that out of the way. **
So, there you have it! I didn’t list every single remedy out there, obviously…ginger…wrist bands??…”preggo pops”…the list could go on and on. I just wanted to share what has worked for me after doing this so many times. Every pregnancy is different and every woman is going to respond differently, but if I can help even just one mother, this post was worth writing.
If you have a trick that has worked for you, please comment and share it with me! I would love to hear what works for others. Also, if you have a subject that you’d be interested in reading about, please let me know! I’m writing this for you! 🙂