Alright, who was the genius that decided to call this unwelcome, uninterrupted, and unpleasant feeling “morning sickness”? While your first trimester is met with a lot of joys, there are definitely some not-so-great parts, like a mid-afternoon nauseating sneak attack. Anyone can have nausea during pregnancy, but women with a history of nausea and vomiting in a previous pregnancy and those having twins or triplets are at greater risk. Although the name “morning sickness” is more misleading than a good magician, we are here to help you through it with some tips and tricks to help you focus on the positive side of things.
When you can’t eat because of nausea and are nauseous because you can’t eat… Well played, pregnancy, well played. We all know we need to eat, but sometimes even the thought of it can make you feel even worse. One way to combat this is by eating frequent small meals instead of three large ones. This way, you can eat on your own time and not feel pressured to eat when meal time comes around. You can also avoid having an empty stomach by keeping crackers at your bedside table to get you started before you get out of bed in the morning, or any of the million times you get up to pee at night. Some other easy remedies for nausea are drinking cold beverages with electrolytes (Gatorade, Body Armor, liquid IV) instead of water, eating ginger foods like lollipops or ginger ale, and wearing acupressure wristbands on both wrists. These are a few simple things you can do for yourself, but never be afraid to ask others for help if you need it!
The nice thing about nausea is that the majority of pregnant women experience it, and there are plenty of treatments and medicines available. Some over-the-counter remedies include: vitamin B6, sleep aids like Unisom®, diphenhydramine (Benadryl®), and ginger capsules. A great preventative measure is to take Unisom® and B6 right before bed so you feel better the next day. Also, be sure to discuss your vitamins with your provider, as they can be adjusted if they are aggravating your symptoms. That being said, if you are unable to keep food or drink down for more than 12 to 24 hours, you may want to reach out and call your doctor. Symptoms like that, blood in your vomit, or losing more than 5 pounds are clear signs to talk to your physician.
As you can see, there are some glamourous symptoms that come along with pregnancy, but it’s not ALL bad ALL the time. There’s much you can do and many people you can rely on to keep your head up rather than in a trash can. Just take it one day at a time and know that it’s completely worth it!