The first few months of pregnancy can be some of the toughest for any mom. Here are some tips on how to survive morning sickness for expecting moms.
It’s funny what selective memory can do. I can’t seem to remember much of morning sickness during my first pregnancy.
But thanks to my journal, I know it stretched for several horrible weeks. I also know I had complained about my never-ending “hangover.”
How to survive morning sickness
Somehow you just forget, until you’re pregnant again. And if you’re like me and carrying twins, morning sickness slaps you twice in the face.
Here’s how to survive morning sickness (plus get a free pregnancy checklist in the end):
Keep your morning sickness remedies nearby
Keeping your go-to remedies nearby offers a much-needed relief to an otherwise long day. A few things to keep handy are:
- Ginger tea
- Lemon drops
- Mints and gum
- A water bottle
- Healthy snacks
Many moms also swear by pairing a protein with a sugar. This combination helps ease the nausea that might creep up on you.
Train your toddler to play independently
Thank goodness my son is good with playing on his own (his thing right now is coloring). With your child playing by himself, you can lie down and close your eyes.
If he’s looking for more attention, hold “conversations” from the couch. You can watch him run, throw balls, and play with his toys. Because when you’re tired, you can’t muster enough energy to play catch or chase. (Save those for Daddy.)
Don’t feel guilty about not staying on top of your game
Before morning sickness, I had 20 blog posts lined up and two months’ worth of topics to write about. Nowadays? I’ve got about zero in my queue. As a blogger, I’m almost ashamed to admit this. It’s like telling your boss you’ve been slacking off because all you want to do is sleep.
Still, I had to remind myself I won’t be able to work as hard as I did before being pregnant. Not that I want to slack off. I’m still putting in the effort at the office and elsewhere in my life.
But I did need to adjust my expectations for the sake of my health and kids. I had to give myself a break, even a temporary one, to relax and pick things up when I start feeling better.
Maybe you feel guilty for sleeping in all weekend instead of doing your usual chores. Or you feel terrible turning down social invitations and prefer staying home instead. Morning sickness is temporary. Adjust whatever expectations you may have had in the past to make room for this important time in your life.
Sneak in a nap if you can
Here’s where I wish I didn’t work or look after a child. I come into the office, where I’m all but ready to conk my head down on the keyboard from exhaustion. Depending on where you work, try and sneak in a nap or at least a quick break.
I used to be able to take a short walk, and the fresh air would help with the nausea. If the weather is cool, I’ll take a nap in the car. I’ve even driven to the nearby library during lunch so I can sit down on a couch and close my eyes for a few minutes.
Eat in small servings
Seeing a heaping pile of food can discourage you from eating, so stick to smaller portions. If you’re like me and can’t tolerate much food, stick to what you can eat when you’re nauseous. Then eat more (slowly, though) as much as possible when you have an appetite.
If you can’t stomach a real meal, nibble on healthy snacks throughout the day. You’ll be more likely to keep food in your stomach when you snack in bits and pieces. Plus, the constant food keeps your blood sugar steady (and help keep nausea at bay).
It’s exhausting being pregnant, so ask for help when you have a chance. My husband took over kid duty and chores. My mom would also come over whenever she can so I can rest and not exert myself.
Hang in there
I couldn’t believe I got through those horrendous few weeks intact. Sadly some women have morning sickness much longer and throughout their pregnancy. It’s difficult to imagine an end in sight when you don’t know just when that end is.
Believing it’ll all come to pass seems hard to fathom when you’re in the thick of things. Still, hang in there. Know that what you’re feeling is normal and that you’re not alone.
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What other tips can you offer other women needing morning sickness help? How did you cope? Was your morning sickness mild, severe, or non-existent?
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