Monday, July 2, 2012

Monday: Morning Sickness Relief and Cures

Hooray! You're a new mommy-to-be! Or, maybe you are working on number 2. Whatever the case may be, you are pregnant and sick. Depending on your luck (and hormones), morning sickness may be mild nausea- or gut wrenching vomit every hour on the hour. No matter the category you may fall into during your pregnancy, it's not a party. So, to help alleviate your morning sickness, here is a list of remedies for mild, medium, and intense nausea.

Mild Morning Sickness
Sea bands. Sea bands are basically stretch wristbands with a hard piece of plastic that is placed in the center of the wrist that is used as a pressure point. You can buy them anywhere from $5-$20, depending on where you shop. This is the official Sea Band website, should you be interested. Sea Bands

Preggie Pops. Definitely only for mild nausea. These little fruit flavored candies are infused with ginger. A combination of the constant saliva being swallowed along with the ginger calms an upset stomach. They aren't cheap candies, though, and a package will be $10-$20. (But, hey, when you're desperate for relief....) Preggie Pops on Amazon
Ginger Ale. Same active ingredient as preggie pops to soothe your tummy, plus the added bonus of carbonation, another way to fight the churning. Available at pretty much every grocery store, .50-$3.

Ginger Tea. Again, that ginger does work for mild nausea, helping to relieve morning sickness. Available at pretty much every grocery store, $2-$10.

Moderate Morning Sickness
Snackies. This is not so much a product as it is a lifestyle change. Keep fruit snacks, granola bars, crackers, whatever small, portable foods you like, and munch all day long. Very few things will intensify your morning sickness like an empty stomach- so keep food in your stomach at all times. It can be hard to stomach an entire meal, but small bites of food all day will help keep your nausea in check.

Eating in Bed. Before you get out of bed each morning, munch on crackers, milk, or juice. Stay in bed for about 20 minutes and make sure that you are munching on something. Then, when you get out of bed, you'll be much more likely to be able to endure the day.
Sleep in. Sleep as long in the morning as possible. If you get out of bed at 6 am, your morning sickness is likely to be more intense all day long. If you can sleep in until 9am or 10am, it can often help your body be less prone to nausea for the rest of the day. Having a hard time justifying sleeping in that long? Keep in mind that you'll be getting a lot more done each day if you aren't on the verge of tossing your cookies every five minutes.

Intense Morning Sickness
1/2 Unisom + Vitamin B. Have you tried every other remedy and it's still just not doing much? Take 1/2 Unisom tablet (sleeping aid) along with a vitamin B tablet. If taken right before you go to sleep, you should be able to wake up feeling far less nauseous and, thanks to the sleeping agent, probably have a better sleep, too. You can take these together during the day, but be prepared to feel extremely groggy. Unisom is available without a prescription at most pharmacies.

Prescription Medication. Go to your doctor. Explain that nothing is working for your nausea. They will be able to prescribe something that fits your situation to alleviate the unpleasantness of spending your time on your knees in front of the porcelain throne.

Is nothing working? No? I'm sorry to say, sometimes, try what you will, there isn't complete relief for morning sickness. Try to comfort yourself with knowing that it will be over eventually- and that in return, you'll get a beautiful baby.

Plus, I hear that the more morning sickness you have from pregnancy, the better behaved that baby is during their teen years... Karma?

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