Being pregnant is a wonderful and exciting time, but there are a few things about pregnancy that are anything but wonderful!
Pregnancy nausea and morning sickness are by far some of the worst symptoms.
While it might seem like all is lost, there are remedies to help.
Foods & Drinks that fight nausea during pregnancy
- Saltine Crackers
- Ginger ale
- Ginger Snaps
- Ginger Bread
- Preggie Pops (a candy you can suck on that has ginger to help with morning sickness and nausea)
Morning sickness relief
- Take your prenatal vitamin at night.
- Eat smaller more frequent meals.
- Try wearing a seasickness wristband.
- Avoid smells that can trigger nausea (fish, raw meat, raw chicken, etc).
1. Pre-Natal Vitamin
One of the easiest ways to remedy morning sickness is to switch the time you take your pre-natal vitamin.
If you normally take it in the morning, instead try taking it before you go to bed.
Also, if you still are having trouble...try switching to a different vitamin.
They make so many different ones, including prenatal gummies, if you are having a difficulty swallowing the daily horse pill (kinda joking).
See Related Content: Best Prenatal Vitamins and Prenatal Gummies
2. Eat smaller meals
Another idea is to eat smaller meals, but a lot more frequently.
When your stomach gets empty, it always seems like your morning sickness starts to rear it's ugly head.
So, whatever you do, try to always have a snack on hand!
3. Sea Sickness Arm Bands
These wrist bands work by using acupressure on a specific location in your wrist so you feel less nauesous.
I also found that a fitbit does the same trick, of course a fit bit is going to be a lot more expensive though.
4. Avoid certain smells
If at all possible, to prevent or at the very least relieve your morning sickness, avoid certain smells.
These tend to be smells you already don't like, but may also include things like fish, raw meat, and also raw chicken.
When I was pregnant with both of my kids, my smell was heightened to the point where it was almost like a superpower (only not so super).
Morning sickness FAQ
Certain things you eat and drink can help like ginger ale and saltine crackers. Also, eating smaller meals more frequently so you don't have an empty stomach for very long.
Morning sickness can start as early as 4 weeks right around the time you have a missed period.
Typically though, it happens around 5 to 6 weeks into your pregnancy. It's also usually the first symptom besides a missed period.
Usually morning sickness will last until the second trimester, at which point it will start to go away.
Nausea after eating during early pregnancy
Early in pregnancy, you might start to notice nausea after eating. This nausea can lead to throwing up, but not always.
To help with this, try to eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day.
What does morning sickness feel like?
Morning sickness can feel like an upset stomach, feeling queasy, or even like you are about to throw up.
Not everyone experiences it in the morning either. It can happen through out the day.
Can morning sickness happen all day?
The term morning sickness is kind of a joke, at least for some of us. Morning sickness can happen in the morning, afternoon, or at night.
For most women it's only around for the first trimester, but some women experience it in the second trimester too.
Although unlikely, it can also happen well into your third trimester, but this is more than likely Hyperemesis Gravidarum.
Morning Sickness or Hyperemesis Gravidarum?
Hyperemesis Gravidarum is:
- throwing up all day long
- doesn't get better with food
- can last into 3rd trimester
- can't keep any food or drinks down
- can lead to severe dehydration
Morning sickness is :
- throwing up here and there but still able to go about your day
- gets better when you eat
- only lasts the 1st or 2nd trimester
- can hold some foods or drinks down
The major difference between morning sickness and HG is that HG is severe.
If you are losing a bunch of weight and are having trouble keeping food/water down, PLEASE TALK TO YOUR OBGYN!
Every pregnancy is different, and it's important that you find what works for you so that you can get the relief you need.
Take care, and I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes smoothly!!