Pregnant Lady Moment: Dealing with All-Day Morning Sickness
Dealing with the Yucky, Yuck, All-Day Morning Sickness Throughout Pregnancy
This week I am in my 16th week of my second pregnancy and, by all of my daily accounts, it has sucked most days. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am excited and joyful in my heart about having another child, but in my stomach, head and most of the rest of my body, I am sick and generally yuck. Why? The “All-Day Morning Sickness” that set in around week 6 and still lingers …
I’ll spare you the details, but let’s just say I have decided that my digestive system hates me, which leads to long nights, evenings shivering under a blanket while my munchkin happily plays and many, many trips to the restroom. Worst of all, for me a foodie, is that I have had little interest in cooking. I flip through all the wonderful food magazines that arrive in my mailbox and put them aside with a sigh and prepare another boring chicken dinner since I can not imagine eating anything with any type of flavor or nuance … it sucks.
But, as you can imagine, over the last 9 weeks I have developed a few ways of dealing with this un-ending all-day sickness that I wanted to share here in hopes it would help other pregnant ladies out there …
Tips for Dealing with Morning Sickness
1. Take Vitamin B6 – Check first with your doctor, but mine recommended 25 milligrams of vitamin B6, three times a day. Most of the B6 vitamins available in stores come in much larger increments, so ordering online is your most likely option. However, I found these Mommy’s Bliss vitamins in Whole Foods, and their combo of B6, Ginger Root and Folic Acid really works for me on the toughest days.
2. Eat Small Meals – Not only does your digestive track relax during pregnancy, making it harder to, well, be regular every day, your stomach is a bit compressed due to the growing uterus. I have found that eating smaller frequent meals (think large snacks or half-meals) every 2-3 hours is best for my tummy. It means I am getting a constant source of nutrition and I am not overwhelming my stomach at any time, which means bouts of IBS generally stay at bay.
3. Eat Simply – No curry, no cayenne, and very little corn or anything that is tough to digest or over-processed (like frozen or boxed meals). Keep to foods and ingredients that you know, and that you know your digestive system reacts to well. And, in general, if a food item does not sound good to you, or sound appetizing, don’t eat it. Simple whole foods are best for the digestive system always, and especially better when you are pregnant.
4. Take Probiotics – This was a new thing for me, but probiotics keep all that good bacteria working in your stomach to keep it balanced and functioning properly. This is especially important when your body is all out of whack during pregnancy, and when you may not be eating a balanced diet while sick (believe me, there have been several days where those 4 serving of vegetables I should be eating just are not palatable). Again, check with your doctor on this one.
5. Find Your Go-To Tummy Reliever – Mine has been lemonade. Yes, lemon sugar water. But, while it may not be the most healthy go-to, I found mixing some of the lemonade into my water made it easy to get down the 8-10 cups a day I need, and really relieved nausea when it was just too much. Also, for some, crackers and bland toast help.
6. Rest A Lot & Workout in Small Increments – Rest, really … stop, put the task list down and rest. Rest is, by far, the best way to relieve all the tough symptoms of pregnancy. Sleep more, do less.
Yes, this can be hard for a woman on the go, but you have to for your health and the baby’s health. Also, you may find 60-minute workouts to be tough, so workout a little two times a day, or a little bit every day instead of 3-4 times a week. Maybe it is walking one day, doing a prenatal workout video the next, and some strength training the next day … but not too much in one day. This movement is so important to being healthy throughout your pregnancy, but too much could create strains and too much exhaustion. I really find that I feel so much better throughout the day after working out.
These are my tips for dealing with all-day “morning” sickness. But, since I have about five months to go, I would love hear what you have done to relieve “morning” sickness in the comments below. Please share!