I’ve read numerous posts that state “eat to prevent morning sickness!” Funny thing is, when you suffer from morning sickness, you don’t or can’t eat at all! Picture this, you wake up on a beautiful sunny morning only to realize you feel extremely hungover but didn’t drink the night before. That’s morning sickness. That’s what my first day started like and I knew right then that I didn’t escape the dreaded morning sickness. Luckily, my husband was home, so I crawled from my bed to the couch where I proceeded to curl into the fetal position and wonder “what am I going to do now?”
See, I suffered from morning sickness with my first pregnancy. Started around the same time (5 weeks) and lasted for the entirety of my first trimester. It was my first, so I figured, I guess I just ride this out and hope for the best. I couldn’t eat and was throwing up multiple times a day. It wasn’t until my 8 week check-up that my doctor offered Diclegis. I was worried about taking any medications during that time but honestly, I think it was the only way I made it through. I know, as your reading that you’re probably thinking I’m being WAY dramatic but if you have ever suffered, you know my pain. So along with my trusty nausea pill and I few other tricks, I made it out of the first trimester and have used those same tricks with this pregnancy.
What causes morning sickness?
Rise in hormone levels:
- Once you get pregnant, your body is flooded with extra hormones. HCG levels double every two days for the first 10 weeks. Progesterone increases along with estrogen, oxytocin, and relaxin.
- Some people believe a magnesium deficiency plays a large part in morning sickness. Low levels of magnesium and vitamin B6 play a role in why you feel nauseous during the first trimester. Stocking up on magnesium before getting pregnant may help or lessen morning sickness. Vitamin B6, B12, and D help absorb magnesium.
- Foods rich in magnesium include bone broth, green leafy vegetables, and unrefined sea salt
- Vitamin B foods include turkey, chicken, brown rice, bananas, avocado, and bananas
- Vitamin D foods include salmon, egg, tuna, and some dairy products that are fortified with vitamin D.
Tricks to Ease Morning Sickness
- Eat small frequent meals. Eating when and what you can will help regulate blood sugar levels. It also helps keep you from getting too full or getting too hungry.
- Keep crackers or nuts by your bed. Eating crackers first thing in the morning (before your feet even hit the floor) can ease the uncomfortable feeling of morning sickness
- Ginger everything. Tea, water or soda may help since ginger is known to calm stomach issues.
- Stay hydrated. Being dehydrated can make symptoms of morning sickness worse. Try infusing water with lemon, mint, or ginger if you can’t stomach plain water. Pedialyte Freezer Pops can keep you hydrated, replenish electrolytes, and may be easier to keep down.
- Take a stroll outside. Moving around may be the last thing you want to do when you feel nauseous but it helped me and maybe it will help you too! BONUS, sunshine is a great source of Vitamin D!
- Peppermints and Preggo Pops worked great!
- Acupressure bands uses pressure on certain pulse points on the wrist that lessen nausea.
- Use Diclegis. When nothing else seemed to work, this little pill made my life so much easier and I would recommend it to anyone!
Just know, there IS a light at the end of the tunnel. You just have to make it to the second trimester! If nothing is working and the morning sickness doesn’t seem to be letting up, make sure to call your doctor.