Five Weird Things that Helped Control my Morning Sickness During Pregnancy
Other than exhaustion, the worst side-effect from pregnancy had to be morning sickness. Unfortunately, I was sick from week eight until the day my daughter was born. I even threw up in the delivery room. I became behind on a lot of things.
Since I was getting ill up to ten times a day, I became a little bit of an expert on what helped “morning” sickness. The quotations are because, unfortunately, it’s more like all day sickness. For me, it was the worst at night. The remedies I found online didn’t help much, so I had to try my own methods. I hope some of these help you also!
1.) The thing that almost always worked was the weirdest. I had a jar of those huge pickles, and I would get one out and bite the top off of it. After that, I would suck a LITTLE bit of the juice from it. Too much pickle juice would make my stomach feel worse. Doing this put my stomach at ease. Though, my husband was grossed out by the pickles in the jar with single bites taken from them. When you’re about to be sick, you don’t have time to search for the last one you bit out of!
2.) This second trick, I usually used in the car. A lot of times when I was close to my destination, I would start to feel the need to vomit. I hated having to pull over and throw up, so I would pop a piece of peppermint gum into my mouth. It almost always made the feeling go away. It was great to be able to make it home and not have to stop on the side of the road.
3.) My third tip only helped for a couple of weeks. I’m not sure why my nausea became “immune” to it. Is that a thing? I don’t know. Anyway, what I would do is eat a Popsicle! The coldness would help my stomach settle down. This trick was the best tasting by far. I wish it would have worked longer!
4.) This fourth method was hands-down the WORST tasting. After about halfway into my pregnancy, my nausea started to slow down. Acid reflux that was so bad it would make me throw up anyway replaced it. Taking a sip of apple cider vinegar would relieve acid reflux and make it where I was able to sleep. This worked almost every time, except the times where it tasted so bad that I still got sick.
5.) Have you ever heard of the 4-7-8 breathing technique? You inhale for four seconds, hold your breath for seven, and then exhale for eight. Steadying my breathing would help the nausea fade away. Focusing on my breathing helped me concentrate on something other than how bad I was feeling. It was relaxing, and it was my favorite way to relieve the nauseous feeling because I didn’t even have to get up!
I hope these tips help you get some relief. I tried everything. The pregnancy candy was gross, and medication somehow made my nausea even worse. These tips aside, the most important things to remember are to get plenty of rest, drink a lot of fluids, and always keep snacks available. I dreaded eating because of how often I was getting sick, but that only made it worse. Giving your body the fuel it needs to grow a baby will help keep you feeling your best.
What are some ways that you relieved morning sickness during your pregnancy? Please share them in the comments!