I’d like to meet the highly intelligent individual who termed the wonderful nausea and vomiting associated with early pregnancy as “morning” sickness. Pregnancy sickness would have been a more apt name or maybe “random vomit syndrome”, but DEFINITELY not morning sickness. I am currently about 8 weeks pregnant and the nausea, etc. I am experiencing is far from predictable. Some days it is worse in the morning, some days after lunch and some days at bedtime. I just never know what each day holds! So, for all you other little mommas out there in the thros of pregnancy puking. . .here are some of my pet peeves. Statements from those who obviously never had a very severe case include:
“Just eat a cracker before you get out of bed in the morning”. Did it, threw up the cracker.
“Have a little white soda and some saltines when you feel nauseous.” Maybe that works for some people but not for me. White soda actually makes me even more nauseous.
“Make sure you stick to bland foods. They settle your stomach.” Maybe but then you have to choke them down first.
What has worked for me? Drugs. That’s right folks, Zofran is a miracle drug. That little pill may not take away all the queasies but it helps me keep my food where it belongs, in the tummy. There are a few other tricks that have worked for me for a few days. It seems my body adapts and then I have to find a new angle.
*Pretzels. Something about the salt and the carbs it settling sometimes, and they taste better than saltines.
*Plain Coca-Cola. One can is under the caffeine limit for early pregnancy and something about the fizz/syrup mix can settle the tummy. (Incidentally, Coke syrup is an old home remedy for nausea).
*Sour candy. Actually most hard candy is helpful, even peppermints. Jolly Ranchers are my personal favorite. They get rid of that awful taste in the mouth and the extra saliva seems to decrease the nausea.
*NEVER allowing myself to get really hungry. This is probably going to lead to weight gain early but it seems the hungrier I get, the sicker I feel.
Bottom line, I think each woman has to find what works for her. When I share tips with other girls suffering from “all day” sickness, I make sure they know that even though it worked for me, it might not work for them. I try to avoid the “just do this and you’ll be fine” attitude, mostly because I’m sure if it makes me cranky, they probably won’t appreciate it either.
Do you have a weird anti-nausea tip that works for you? Leave me a comment; I’d love to hear it.