As any mama-to-be knows, morning sickness doesn't go away at noon (someone should really come up with a more appropriate name) and it pretty much sucks.
My morning sickness arrived promptly at 6 weeks, and it took me a good 3 weeks to figure out what I could do to (mostly) get it under control (which isn't to say that I didn't occasionally eat something after that that set my stomach off).
So here's what helped me out. Since none of these items are very expensive, my advice (and what I'll be doing the next go-round) is to stock up on morning sickness remedies as soon as you learn you're pregnant. You probably have a week or two of feeling "normal" ahead of you, but with 75% of women suffering from morning sickness, you're more than likely to need them sooner or later (probably when your husband is out of town for the day, as happened to me).
My Favorite Cures for Morning Sickness
- Ginger Ale and Saltines: These first two are probably no-brainers. Ginger calms your stomach and saltines will probably taste good even when nothing else does. Constantly having food in your stomach is one way to combat morning sickness, so eating a few crackers even before getting out of bed can be a huge help.
- Non-iron prenatal vitamins: I'm convinced these are what really made a difference for me and wish I had switched sooner. With all of the food aversions I was dealing with, it was feeling like a huge chore to swallow my vitamin, so I decided to pick up some gummy ones. I was pleasantly surprised that the gummy vitamins don't contain iron, and I immediately remembered reading that other mamas speculated that it was the iron in their prenatals contributing to their morning sickness. The prenatals I was taking contain 150% of your daily value of iron-- which is a lot. I take my vitamin at night, and the first morning after the switch, I woke up feeling relatively normal. It was amazing. (Target has a great generic gummy prenatal; I also like the VitaFusion version.)
- Seabands: You want to think these won't do anything for you, but I did notice a difference. I wore them constantly for a couple of weeks.
- Pedialyte: Dehydration can be another factor in morning sickness, but plain ol' water is rarely appealing when you're feeling sick to your stomach. During my trip to urgent care for IV fluids, the nurse recommended Pedialyte. You can buy it in bottled form but I preferred the freezer pops.
- Sparkling water: I wasn't a fan of mineral water when we were traveling in Europe, but I've learned to love it. It's just as hydrating as regular water, but the carbonation makes it easier to drink.
- Preggie Pops: We couldn't find these in any local store (despite the fact that their website says they are stocked at our local grocery chain), so I ended up paying for one-day shipping on amazon.com in desperation (another reason why it's good to find this stuff before you actually need it). They didn't help as much as I would have hoped (although some women swear by them), although they were a huge help this past week when I developed a weird taste in my mouth that was only appeased by eating sour candy.
- Peppermints: These also helped settle my stomach and were good for cleansing my palate whenever I was able to eat something.