Morning sickness is something we have all heard about, but until you go through it you just cannot be prepared for the impact it can have on you!
When I was pregnant with my first baby I was expecting to have some morning sickness.
But I wasn’t prepared for just how bad I would struggle and that it just wasn’t in the morning but ALL- DAY!
You may be feeling nausea or finding yourself vomiting on a daily basis.
Maybe you are hoping to find something that will help keep it at bay or even make it go away!
I can’t promise anything, but as someone who has suffered with HG (Hyperemesis gravidarum) I can completely relate to your situation and I want to send you hugs and love!!
Here are some of the things I tried that helped me a little bit.
While I didn’t find anything to completely stop it, I did find some sort of small reduction.
Keep a light snack by your bed
Keeping a light snack next to your bed to eat first thing in the morning was one of the best ways to start my morning off without instantly having to run to the toilet.
Yes I had all day vomiting that was set off by anything and everything!
Smells like the toilet, perfume, smoke, coffee and food (especially cooking!) I found the worst.
I couldn’t brush my teeth in the morning without it sending me over the edge.
My days were some of the hardest I have ever experienced and I was beyond exhausted.
I spent a lot of time crying because I couldn’t handle how sick I felt and vomiting actually gave me some sort of relief .
Try dry crackers, dry biscuit or muslie bar. Experiment and find something that works for you!
Cravings can be tricky!
In the first trimester of both of my pregnancies for some reason I craved sausage rolls, chocolate milk and croissants!
But guess what… After I had any of these I was soooo sick… I would end up vomiting it all up.
I don’t actually know why I gave into those cravings, especially when I was so sick but I did.
I soon learnt that I can’t eat dairy for at least the first 20 weeks of pregnancy.
Don’t ask me why, it’s super weird but totally normal to have food aversions like dairy!
So all those foods I was craving so badly were making me extra sick!
Stay in tune with your body and if you feel even worse after eating something, cut that food out for a while until you are feeling well enough to try it again.
Take small sips of water regularly
Make sure you are trying to keep hydrated, especially if you are vomiting often.
I found even small sips of water would soon come back out.
By continually making an effort to have sips of water so hopefully you can get some fluid inside.
Try water, clear broths, lemonade or juice.
If you find you are dehydrated, head to your healthcare provider or GP as you may need to be admitted to hospital for fluids.
Rest as much as you can
Pregnancy takes a huge toll on your body anyways – you are growing a human being! Amazing!
During the first trimester I found all my energy levels were zapped and I needed to rest and go to bed as early as possible.
Make sure you put your health first and don’t go out and do anything that will deplete your energy and make you feel worse.
I found being able to rest in my second pregnancy while my older child was in daycare (on my days off work) made those days so much easier.
You may be feeling sad or isolated during this time as you find yourself unable to keep up with your normal routine.
Make sure you call on your circle of support to support you in any way that they can!
You can find some great tips on how to keep a positive mindset here.
Listen to your body!
For majority of women morning sickness symptoms will be gone by 20 weeks of pregnancy (yay!) and for some poor unfortunate souls, they have to endure it for the entire pregnancy.
You should find you start to feel better well into your second trimester and your energy will also pick up!