Birth Morning Sickness tips for pregnancy

Morning (All Day) Sickness

Why is morning sickness called morning sickness if it can happen anytime?

Let's start by debunking the myth that morning sickness only strikes in the morning. Oh no, my friend! Pregnancy morning sickness is a sneaky little devil that can catch you off guard at any time of the day or night. So, be prepared!

The theme of my first trimester (first three months of pregnancy), was all day nausea. It got so bad for me, that I had to quit my job and get on prescribed medication. I was eating Ritz crackers for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Ginger everything was my best friend. 

If you're reading this article, I assume you have some degree of morning sickness, and probably here looking for tips. Well my strong mama, here you go! These are some of the things that helped me to battle my sickness, but I always advise to consult and work with your doctor as well. 

Embrace the power of ginger (and no, we're not talking about your red-haired friend)

Ginger is your new best friend during this nauseating journey. Whether it's ginger tea, ginger infused foods/candies, or ginger ale, this magical root has been known to calm those turbulent tummy waves. Plus, it adds a little zing to your life!

Snack like a champion

Forget about three big meals a day. Embrace the art of snacking! Keep some crackers, pretzels, or dry cereal by your side at all times. Snacking can help keep your stomach from feeling empty, which can trigger the morning sickness monster.

Master the art of distraction

When morning sickness strikes, distract yourself with something you love. Whether it's binge-watching your favorite TV show, reading a captivating book, listening to your favorite tunes or sleeping in, find your happy place and let the sickness fade into the background.

Don't be afraid to ask for help

Pregnancy is a time when you can call in reinforcements. Don't hesitate to ask your partner, family, or friends for help with daily tasks. Sometimes, a little extra support can make all the difference when you're feeling queasy.

Experiment with different remedies

What works for one person may not work for another. So, don't be afraid to try different remedies until you find what works best for you. Whether it's acupressure wristbands, essential oils, or even hypnosis (yes, it's a thing!), explore the options and find your pregnancy sickness superhero. Some that have helped me were sniffing lemons/oranges, chewing on fennel seeds, avoiding fatty/oil foods. 

Laugh it off

Laughter is the best medicine, they say. So, why not give it a try? Watch a funny movie, read hilarious jokes, or spend time with people who make you laugh. Laughter not only distracts you from the queasiness but also releases those feel-good endorphins. 

Drug yourself (just kidding, consult with your Doc)

For some women, like myself, when nothing else works and the sickness becomes a disability, it's time to talk to your doctor about a safe medication option. There is nothing wrong with taking medication (I know the feeling of guilt). It does not make you a bad mom and it does not harm your baby. I can speak from my experience! So consult with your doctor and see works best for you and your baby. 

Remember, it's temporary

As unbearable as it may seem, morning sickness is usually a temporary phase of pregnancy. So, hang in there, mama! Soon enough, you'll be holding your little bundle of joy in your arms, and the memories of morning sickness will fade away like a distant bad dream. Trust me, I know. I had my second child the very next year, which either means I have bad memory or the joy of being a mom overshadows all the struggles. 

Now that you're armed with these tips, go forth and conquer the morning sickness battle like the warrior you are! Remember, you're growing a tiny human inside you, and that's no small feat. Embrace the quirks of pregnancy and let your sense of humor shine through. You've got this, mama!
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