I’ve calculated that by the time this pregnancy is over, I will have experienced the same amount of morning sickness that many women experience in nine pregnancies.
When I shared my morning sickness woes with you last week, I explained that it does not go away for me until I deliver my baby. Since most women only have morning sickness in the first trimester, that means in one pregnancy, my morning sickness lasts as long as three pregnancies for someone else.
Suffice it to say that with all this vomiting going on, I have learned quite a bit about coping with morning sickness.
I don’t want to tell you about the typical morning sickness cures. You can find that on 50 other blogs or internet articles, as well as every pregnancy book out there.
But do try those remedies, and try them every single pregnancy. It’s worth it to bring some relief.
Instead, I’d rather share with you how to cope with morning sickness. For some of us, it’s here and it’s miserable, regardless of what we do. If your morning sickness borders on hyperemesis, as mine does, or if you’re just experiencing the “normal” levels of nausea and vomiting, you may still find these suggestions helpful for getting through that rough first trimester.
Before I tell you how we deal, I’d like to share a few lesser-known remedies for morning sickness:
B6: This vitamin is closely linked to nausea in pregnant women, so taking a B supplement throughout the day can help immensely. I’ll let you talk to your doctor or do your own googling to learn the appropriate amount. When you pair B6 with Unisom tablets, you end up with a great morning sickness medication recommended by most doctors. This greatly relieves the first trimester nausea, although it does not keep me from vomiting. But please, talk to your doctor before you take any medication recommended by someone on the internet. =)
You can find a great list of the usual morning sickness “cures” on the American Pregnancy Association web page. If you find nothing works, or even if you find you’re just ridiculously tired and pregnant, you may find my tips helpful for those times when you find yourself just muddling through.
Coping With Extreme Morning Sickness
1. Accept help: If someone offers help with the kids or a meal, just say please and thank you! We have no family in this town. Our closest family is 3 hours away and our parents are 5 hours away at the closest. But we have an amazing church body and friends who step in and take care of us from time to time. I don’t go to church so that I can use and abuse people. But I do love being a blessing and helping out those in our church family, and our church family does the same for us. I think various friends have brought dinner over about 5 or 6 times during this pregnancy alone. My husband is repeatedly telling me to let them serve you, Gabby. That’s what the body of Christ is for. Early on in this pregnancy, a friend dropped off a meal and her teenage daughter one morning. The teenager babysat my kids for free until lunch so that I could go back to bed. What a blessing!
I’ve got several more tips for you on coping with morning sickness, but I’ll share them with you next week. I hope you found these helpful! Regardless of your level of morning sickness, what do you do to help cope with pregnancy fatigue and morning sickness?
And for those of you who have been asking about me, yes, my morning sickness streak ended on Saturday, which would’ve marked 12 days without getting sick. I knew it was just a matter of time. I’ve gotten sick a few times since then, but it’s OK. We cope, and since it hasn’t been more than once in a day, I’ve been able to recover easier. Thanks for being so sweet and concerned. I do appreciate your concerns and your prayers. The good news is that we’ll have this baby 7 weeks from today, and the morning sickness will officially be cured on delivery day.