I was also one of the lucky ones who had morning/afternoon/evening/all
the yucky time sickness until 5.5 months pregnant. Even knowing that morning
sickness usually means that the HGC levels (good baby making hormones) were
increasing, which meant baby “T” was good and stuck, didn’t make me feel better
(just because you don’t have morning sickness doesn’t mean that the baby bump is not ok, it’s likely that your body is just less sensitive to hormonal changes).
There were a few things that inevitably made things worse:
* Excessive exercise
* Temperature changes, especially heat increases
* Being too full
Here are some of the things that can help make things a bit better:
* Take it easy and get lots of sleep Drink lots of clear fluids
* Try and stay out of the heat Eat small meals frequently, skip the big meals all together
* Avoid foods that would generally make your stomach icky i.e. food high in fat, rich foods, or foods that are fried, along with being highly spiced.
* Don’t worry too much about a balanced diet, eat what will stay down within reason (I’m not promoting a diet of solely of pickles and ice cream).
* Vitamin B6 either in foods or supplements can help, as well as ginger or peppermint. Don’t forget to consult with your care provider before taking any supplements.
* Some alternative therapies can also be helpful i.e. acupressure, acupuncture,
aromatherapy, reflexology, and homeopathy. Make sure that all care specialists are aware of any treatment methods, including supplements/teas etc. as they may
* For extreme morning sickness there is a prescription drug called diclectin, consult your midwife/doctor to determine if this is the best option for you.
Motherrisk (www.motherrisk.org) has a lot of great resources regarding morning sickness, as well as information and studies regarding the effectiveness and safety of diclectin.
Forgoing all of those suggestions, I think the best piece I have heard so far is this: Carry Ziploc bags with you everywhere, one of the large freezer ones. They’ve just become your new best friend. They’re great for easy clean-up. Just zip and toss.
Any tips and tricks that worked for you that aren’t listed here?