As excited as I was to have my first baby, I don’t think I was fully prepared for how hard an experience pregnancy (especially morning sickness) can be.
I am one of those lucky people who get incredibly sick when I am pregnant. My morning sickness is more like morning, noon, and night sickness and it lasts for way beyond that first trimester. I was so sick with my first pregnancy that I almost ended up in the hospital multiple times. I was completely miserable. Thankfully, I learned a lot with that first hard pregnancy that helped me a ton with my subsequent pregnancies. Oh they were still difficult at time, but they were a better experience by far than the first.
When I see other women struggling with difficult pregnancies I want to rush to them and exclaim “I can help you!!” I want to do this but I don’t/ I am however quick to share my insight if asked.
Here are 6 tips to help you thrive not merely survive morning sickness:
A healthy snack when you first wake up in the morning will help to stabilize your system and settle your stomach. If you are too sick first thing in the morning to get up and prepare a healthy snack like a bowl of fruit or a slice of toast for yourself, then have your husband do it for you.
It’s amazing what a little cold air on your face can do to settle your nausea. If you are going through morning sickness in the heat of summer like I often am, try getting a small fan for your nightstand to blow cool air on you.
Keeping hydrated is important. But if you are sick to the point that everything that hits your stomach comes back up (including liquids) try sucking on ice chips. The ice melts slowly and absorbs into your cheeks which keep you hydrated without anything actually hitting your stomach.
Try keeping some high protein snacks (like nuts, protein bars, cooked & chilled meats like chicken and turkey) nearby. When you start to feel shaky or sick (which is usually a sign that your stomach is nearing empty) nibble on the snacks. The protein will stabilize your body and hold the worse of your nausea in check. Even if you are a
**Note: Even if you are a vegetarian there are lots of high protein foods you can still eat which would help you a lot in your pregnancy.
Studies have found a link between low magnesium and bad periods and morning sickness. A simple easy way to up your magnesium is to do a 10 minute Epson Salt soak each day. (just add a large fist full of Epson salt to either your bath or a bucket of warm water to soak your feet in.) Make sure you are staying hydrated while doing this.
This is a big one. We as women weren’t meant to go through this alone which sadly happens all too often. If you aren’t planning on sharing with the world the news that you are expecting until that 12-week mark, consider at least sharing your news with a few friends or family (close by) so they can be there for you to help you.
When it comes down to it, the most important thing you can to so survive morning sickness, is to keep the right perspective. Remember that God Loves you, this too shall pass, and in the end it will totally be worth it!
What helped you the most when going through morning sickness?