These 9 ways to deal with morning sickness are great tips! They are easy and can really help if you’re suffering from morning sickness in the first trimester!
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Any woman who has ever dealt with morning sickness knows that it sucks. And since morning sickness isn’t restricted to only happening in the morning, it can keep you from functioning normally.
I’m lucky in that I never throw up when I experience morning sickness, but I do feel constantly nauseous, and that can be rough. With this pregnancy, I struggled with feeling like I was going to throw up all the time and also feeling like I could eat a whole elephant all the time. It was a super lame combo.
So I did some research and found nine ways to deal with morning sickness that really helped me feel better and get through that first trimester. Today I want to share those tips with you! Because let’s be real mamas–nobody has time for morning sickness!
1. Eat a small snack before bed, and before you get up in the morning. For me, this meant keeping some crackers by my bedside and eating a few before getting into bed at night and before getting out of bed in the morning. At night it helped calm my stomach so I didn’t wake up in the middle of the night feeling sick, and in the morning it helped put a little something in my stomach before I got up and started moving around. An empty stomach is always a bad idea during the first trimester.
2. Drink something fizzy and orange-flavored. My favorite thing was IZZE drinks in the Sparkling Clementine flavor. They were bubbly and the flavor wasn’t too strong or sugary, so taking little sips really helped me not feel sick. Kind of like when I was little and my mom would mix orange juice and Sprite when I was home sick from school!
3. Crackers. I think crackers should be the official first trimester food. Super plain and basic, but they really really help. Like I said, I ate some before bed and before getting up, and then I usually had a few throughout the day when I started feeling sick again. My favorite kind are Club Crackers, but any plain saltine-kind of cracker will help.
4. Eat small meals during the day. And I don’t just mean scaling back on breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I mean having more than three (like four or five) small, healthy meals. I found overeating really made me sick, and if I went too long without eating I also got sick. So small meals throughout the day really helped.
5. Drink ginger ale. Another helpful drink was ginger ale. I read on a few sites that eating crystallized ginger candy helped, but that stuff is disgusting so there was no way I was doing that. Ginger ale that is actually made from ginger (like Canada Dry) has the same effect, though. Our fridge always had a few cans of this for my poor little tummy. Again, small sips really help.
6. Mints. Not sure why this one helped, but it did. Preferably in a fresh, minty flavor and not in a fruity or sweet one.
7. Sour hard candy. When I was pregnant with Little J four years ago (that sounds like forever) I used Preggie Pop Drops as a way to deal with morning sickness. This time, I just used lemon drops. Basically any sour hard candy can help. I’m not sure why, but again, it helped.
8. Suck on Gatorade ice cubes. If you’re having a hard time keeping anything in your stomach, try Gatorade ice cubes. It’s an easy way to get some electrolytes in your system, and it’s a little easier to handle than just having a drink. Ice cubes are great, but when you make ice cubes with Gatorade, you get the electrolytes.
9. Don’t let yourself get too hungry. This is one of the biggest tips I can give you. I think the best way to deal with morning sickness and keep it at bay is to prevent yourself from getting too hungry. I know it can be hard to eat anything if you’re feeling super sick, but having something in your stomach will help. Try plain, bland foods and nothing with a ton of spice or flavor. I ate a ton of plain bagels in the first trimester, and it helped a lot. I also always kept a little snack in my diaper bag so if we were out somewhere and I got sick, I could have a quick snack and feel better.
Morning sickness sucks, but there are ways to deal with morning sickness that can help prevent it and keep it from getting too bad. Hopefully if you’re suffering through that first trimester, you can use some of these tips and get through it a little easier. And good luck! Just remember you’re doing it all for your baby!