First Trimester Tips & Tricks: How to Survive Nausea and Morning Sickness

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In the movies, pregnant women get sick maybe once…

And it’s usually cute and/or funny…and then in the next scene she’s 4 months pregnant battling some other cute pregnancy symptom.

WRONG!

Don’t f*cking believe it, its a lie!

Hahah ok yes I know that some women do make it through their pregnancies without ever facing that morning sickness demon, but for those of us unlucky enough to find our heads in the toilet several times a day…here are some tips, tricks, & hacks for morning sickness, nausea, vomiting, and generally feeling like crap!

 

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  1. Stock Up on Lots of Starchy Foods

I’m talking cookies, crackers, potatoes, cereals, etc. And now that I’m out of the first trimester and well into the second, these food DO NOT sound appetizing…but the only I could even imagine imagining during those nauseous months were dry, bland, starchy foods.

Hey when you’re in the first trimester you take what you can get!

2. Change Your Meal Times & Frequencies

You’ve probably heard this before…eat six times a day instead of three!

Well it’s true sister…and also here’s another couple pieces of advice to go along with that…eat as soon as you wake up…eat every 2-3 hours…and eat small quantities.

These three things will help you to feel less nauseated throughout the day.

3. Eat Immediately When You Feel the Slightest Bit Hungry

An empty stomach is a stomach that empties itself.

In other words, if you don’t have any food in your stomach, you will most likely get sick. So AS SOON AS you feel the slightest bit hungry, get up, make yourself some food, and try to position yourself so that it doesn’t reappear.

DO NOT do what I did a lot, which was to say, “oh just let me finish this and then I’ll grab something to eat,”

By then it’s too late, and it’ll come back up immediately if you do manage to eat something before the vomiting starts.

Got an inkling that you’re hungry?? EAT and I mean NOW!

 
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4. Water

Yes I know. It annoyed me too when people mentioned that I should be drinking the recommended daily amount of water. Especially when I couldn’t keep anything down and the very thought of water disgusted me to my core haha ok a little dramatic.

BUT I WILL mention that if you are dehydrated, your nausea and morning sickness will get worse. So here are some of the water “alternatives” that I used to stay hydrated as best I could during the worst of it:

-Ice water (not sure why but the ice part helped)

-Lemon water

-Mint tea & Ginger Tea

-Fruit water (blend your favorite fruit into a liter of water)

-Fruit Juices

-Soups, teas, ice cubes, & basically anything that kept me the least bit hydrated.

5. Sprite

This drink, while not the best for you, brought me some serious relief when I was nauseated.

I’m not sure why, but the bubbles helped calm my stomach.

My doctor told me to let the bubbles release before drinking the drink, but sorry TMI coming up here:

When I drank sprite that made me burp IDK why but it made my nausea temporarily disappear!

6. Unisom

Also called Cariban here in Spain, unisom is a medication to surpress the nausea and for me it worked pretty well! There were some times when the nausea was too strong, like when I got the stomach flu, but for most of the nausea it worked pretty well.

Talk to your doctor because you can only get it by perscription. The active ingedient is Doxylamine.

 

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7. Massage/Acupuncture

For me this helped heaps. So get your pregnant self to a massage therapist or acupuncturist, you’ll be shocked at how well you feel after those sessions.

Whenever you can opt for a massage that’s more physical therapy focused and not just for relaxation.

And at the very least get your partner, S.O. or someone else to massage your shoulders (especially your left shoulder).

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8. A Wellness Kit

(see an example in the video at 5:45)

This is just a little kit that you carry around with you wherever you go, and from room to room in the house, especially if you have a large house!

In my kit I had the following items:

  1. travel toothbrush & toothpaste for when you throw up

  2. peppermint essential oil (THIS IS CLUTCH WHEN YOU’RE PREGGO READ MORE BELOW)

  3. my anti-nausea meds

  4. mint chewing gum

  5. tissues

  6. seabands

  7. hair tie (for holding your hair back when throwing up)

  8. anything else for c

9. Peppermint Essential Oil

This is a godsend and will almsot immediately take away your nausea!

I used it in the following places:

  • Simply smelling it

  • Putting a drop under my tongue (for that make sure you get the organic kind)

  • Drops in my nightly bath

  • Drops on my bedsheet before bed

  • In room spray in a room that didn’t smell good

  • On my clothes

Other great products that I used sometimes, and helped a little!

 
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Tell us in the comments sections below…what helped YOU with morning sickness??

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Natural pregnancy pregnancy first trimester second trimester third trimester tips and tricks anxiety depression symptoms tracker humor parenting belly being pregnant morning sickness nausea vomiting remedies 1st trimester depression
Natural pregnancy pregnancy first trimester second trimester third trimester tips and tricks anxiety depression symptoms tracker humor parenting belly being pregnant morning sickness nausea vomiting remedies 1st trimester depression